Saturday, 23 February 2008


i just wanted to say hi. i just ordered Knitting New Scarves, and i can't wait to get started.

one thing i'd love to hear opinions on: i can't wear wool, so any suggestions and advice about non-wool yarns to use for these patterns would be great.

i hope i'll have something to show you soon - just be gentle, i'm not a great knitter - yet!

Sunday, 17 February 2008

Tilted Blocks

Christmas gift for my friend S.

Pattern: Tilted Blocks from Knitting New Scarves by Lynne Barr (Ravelry link)
Needles: 5.5 mm
Yarn: Moda Vera's Harmony. 2 skeins of Colour #18 ~ Dye lot #703225

Quick and fun to knit.


Rainbow Tilted Blocks

It's taken a while, but I've finally got back to my Knitting New Scarves stash-busting project. I've picked another easy one, because I was lacking a project simple and portable enough for travelling knitting. This is 'Tilted Blocks', in Noro Silk Garden colour 87, on 5mm needles. I thought the longish stretches of each colour would work well with the design, and so far I seem to have been right. One knot so far, which I spliced. Compared to some balls from Noro, that's quite good.

I have four balls of this, but I doubt I'll use all of them. Two and half to three will probably make a good length, and I might get a matching hat too.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Pink Shag scarf and a bonus

Hi everyone,

I finished my pink Shag scarf on Feb 13th, and I wore it on Valentine’s Day!

My friend gave me 2 skeins of Patons SWS in Natural Berry. I usually don’t chose pink myself, but it turned out to be a cute girly scarf and I love it!

I made it shorter than the book said, 37 inches long, but just right for the warm L.A. winter. The yarn was made from 70% wool and 30% soy… I guess soy is a new material for yarn.

I had a little leftover yarn, so I decided to make a mini hat Christmas tree ornament. A great way to use a small amount of yarn--and never too many ornaments!

I was thinking the next thing I’ll knit from this book is “Black Pearls”. I haven’t seen any posts for Black Pearls in the knitalong yet… anyone tried?


Friday, 8 February 2008

First project out of the book

Hi everybody. New KAL member and a big fan of Knitting New Scarves here! I'm a magazine editor, knitter and artist. (You can find out more here if you like, and I'm at Ravelry as littleredhen).

I'm pondering doing an extended knitting project of scarves out of KNS, starting with a completely by-the-book rendition of the Shawl Collar, so I was really happy to find this KAL already in progress. I had for months been wondering when I would have time to try out a scarf project and which one it would be when I encountered the delightful Blue Sky Alpacas cottons for the first time (detailed at my blog.). No brainer! As I'm an autumny person, I even chose the same colourway (although I think it should be called Paprika instead of Tomato) and cast on this beautiful yarn as soon as it was out of the bag. I knitted right out of the hank, which was also a very pleasant experience.

Doesn't really bring anything new to the project, does it? I really like the shape of this scarf and the way it recalls a sweater thrown over the shoulders. The ribbing is lovely and plush, and I appreciated the tip on controlling tension when switching between knit and purl stitches—it does make a difference.

Looking forward to the next project!