Category Archives: scarf

Down but not Out

It was only a matter of time, I suppose.  Everywhere I go, there is someone coughing, sniffling, sneezing.  Mostly cold germs, a few flu bugs, but I’ve stood strong and fought them all off.  Until now.  BB came down with the beginnings of a cold 2 days ago.  He probably picked it up in the hospital (more on that later).  I woke up early this morning  with my throat on fire.  Here we go.  To top it all off, we got a few inches of snow overnight.  Luckily, it wasn’t heavy wet snow.  Shovelling the driveway this morning worked up a sweat.  I’m told that’s good for a cold.  Or is that a fever?

Socks and mitts for the Canadian War Museum exhibit went out a couple of weeks ago. I fell deeply in love with the finished mitts.


The yarn was wonderful to work with and so very warm. Much as I’ll miss them, I’m happy to let them go to someone who’ll need them more than I.

I had cast on a wee shawl back in September but hadn’t got past the stockinette start. Once i figured out where I’d left off, it practically knit itself. Here’s the beginning; it’s been off the needles for a number of days but hasn’t been blocked yet.  You’ll need to bear with me before you can see what it really looks like.



(Live Oak Shawlette by Romi Hill, in Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk Paints, Forest Glen)

BB had knee replacement surgery last weekend, which is why he was in hospital (getting sick, obviously).  He’s recovering well but starting to get a little stir-crazy, I think.  Only 9-11 more weeks of recovery and rehab!  And me? Well, I’ve been working and knitting and fetching what can’t be carried while one is operating a walker. And knitting some more.

There’s been a lovely skein of Anzula Cricket in my stash, waiting for the perfect time to evolve.  I won it a while back from Grace Akhrem, designer extraordinaire, and loved it so much I couldn’t use it (this may only make sense to a knitter; the rest of you may disregard).  Until earlier this week.  Now, I’m wearing it (or a portion of it) on my hands.


(Swirling Gauntlets by Susanna IC, in Anzula Cricket, Grace)

The original (free!) pattern is thumbless and a completely naked thumb always makes me feel awkward, so I covered it up.  It was just a matter of picking up the cast off/on stitches and knitting up a little 1×1 rib. I only used about 40 g of yarn for these so I’m thinking of eventually making another pair of fingerless gloves with the rest.

But first, it’s been a while since I’ve knit a pair of socks just for me and there’s a skein of Raventwist Tyr calling to me from the back of the sock yarn cupboard.  I’ll have to dig it out and ask it what it wants to be.  I’m thinking something ‘fancy’, and just hoping I’m not too sick to concentrate on charts.  I’ll let you know.







It’s a Good Day When ……

Cold but sunny today and overall, a good day.  The “good day” part was confirmed for me as I drove back home from town and looked over at the passenger seat. 

Two library books  – Mother-Daughter Knits, because there’s always the chance there’ll be more time to knit something fabulous; and a little something by Cathy Kelly ’cause who doesn’t like a little Chicklit from a bestselling Irish author? 

A blu-ray DVD copy of HP7 (that’s Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows, Pt 1).  I finally got to see it at the theatre in Orlando and LOVED it.  BB has yet to see it, so it’s dinner-and-a-movie at home tonite.

Our voter information cards, fresh out of the mailbox.  No scurrying around this year to make sure we’re on the list in order to claim our right to vote.  Oddly, BB and I have different addresses ….

A caramel macchiato from Starbucks,  because who wouldn’t want something hot, tasty and COFFEE in the middle of the afternoon (not actually on the seat mind you, more like, in the cup holder)

A lottery ticket for tonite’s $50 Million dollar draw (or whatever the amount is.  Winning anything over $5 would cover the costs and be a boon, no?)

A store-roasted chicken and a bag of salad.  Dinner anyone?  I want to knit for a couple of hours before devoting all my attention to HP7 so that means no cooking.  Sorry, hon.

And now sitting in front of me is this lovely skein of yarn I picked up the other day (2 skeins, actually).

It’s Impression from Louisa Harding and I’m thinking of turning it into a scarf, using Knits with Penguins’  A Little Bit Bohemian

Glorious day, isn’t it?

Sickly, Scarfed, Socks

I’m trying to decide if I’m sick or just tired (as opposed to my usual sick-and-tired).  I spent half the night awake with a dry, stuffy nose, a sinus headache and a twitchy eye.  I know that sounds like “sick” but I’m finding it very dry here since I got back from Florida, where it was lovely humid, and that’s been causing sinus problems all week. 

I live in the mountains, in a century home, and when the outside temps are below -20ºC, as they have been the past week, it can be a shocking experience. There is so much static in the air that I’m used to the snap of electricity and it’s accompanying blue spark every time I turn on a light switch or touch the dog, but getting a shock by touching water out of the tap is new.

All of this dryness leads to cracked skin on all my finger joints (really, I bend a finger and start to bleed) and dry, yet oddly stuffy, nasal passages.  There is a humidifier attached to the furnace, but it’s not working.  Apparently, it would take too much maintenance to have it run properly (the company’s edict, not ours) and the large-model humidifier we bought just can’t cut it until the temperature warms up some.

My neti pot helps a bit  but I was looking for comfort this morning and that’s when I thought of making a little steam bath for my sinuses.  A child of the ’60’s, I grew up with Vicks® Vaporub®.  I was sick a lot when I was young and the Vicks® was always there.  For a really stuffy nose, you’d put a wee bit into a bowl of boiling water, then put your face above the bowl, drape a towel over your head and breathe in.  Aaah.  Nothing but relief, after the burning sensation subsided.  Oh, and you’d have to keep your eyes closed too.  But it worked.

I haven’t read the label on a jar of Vicks® Vaporub® in awhile, but it was a good way to kill time while the water boiled.  I was surprised to read this: “To avoid possibility of fire, never place VapoRub in boiling water or expose to an open flame.”  Huh?  Okay, I get the open flame thing, but no boiling water?  Well, I did it anyway, understanding that I couldn’t sue the company if something bad happened and that I should be careful not to splash or spill  (I should probably add a “don’t do as I say or as I do” to this .  It was just as I remembered, slightly painful, and sting-y (I couldn’t completely tent the bowl with the towel) and in the end, wonderfully soothing.  Brought back a lot of memories.  I remember Oprah saying that as a child she was forced to eat Vicks® Vaporub® (or maybe it was Mentholatum®?) and people seemed shocked.  I remember reading the little pamphlet that came with the Vicks® jar and it specifically said (and there was a picture) that you could/should ingest a pea-sized amount of Vicks to relieve chest congestion.  I can only guess that some of the label changes and safety warnings are due to ingredient changes over the years, and some might just be due to the litigious nature of the world these days.  Safe to say that  Vicks® Vaporub® may no longer  be the stuff of our childhood, but it still works like a charm.

On a more knitterly note, I finished the scarf yesterday morning and managed to get it soaked and blocked today. 


Gingerly (my Lettuce Leaf Scarf) in Madelinetosh Sock, Ginger 

 I’m feeling much relieved and was able to pick up my February socks again last night.  Racing to the finish line on those, thanks to this dratted short month.  I’m not picking a surprise out of the box for my March socks, but rather making a pair specifically for BB.  He requested recently, and since it is his birthday …….

I bought this yesterday


Diamond Luxury Collection Soxy, in taupe

for Harris Tweed Rib Socks.  The pattern came out of How to Knit Socks: Three Methods Made Easy but the basics of the pattern can be found here.   Looking forward to trying out this yarn.  It feels lovely!

Doing the Math

Scarf in progress

Lettuce Leaf Scarf,  Madeline Tosh sock in Ginger  (Sorry, but it won’t look like much until it’s blocked.  But the colour’s pretty, no?)

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2011

Finished:  220 rows

Needed:  approx. 472 rows (or ’til I run out of yarn)

Knitting 18 rows (1 pattern) takes 40-45 minutes (which doesn’t include tinking back a row when I forget a yarn over – sheesh!)

Let’s call it 12 hours of knitting left to do.   A couple of hours a day (or 36 rows) should get me done in time.  But if I have to miss a day’s “work”, I’m toast.

Please be advised that I will be marathon knitting for the next couple of days.  I likely won’t be here, or on FB, or Rav or anywhere else until I think I’m far enough ahead.  With any luck, the next pics you see will be of a blocked FO, almost ready for gifting.

Getting Ahead of Myself

Startitis  – an affliction that often affects knitters and crocheters where they begin several projects all at one time but don’t really make much progress on anything before starting another new project.  (my thanks to Knit-wiki for this diagnosis meaning.)

I have been battling a case of startitis since the weekend.  It started out as a little itch but I held it at bay because I was down to the toe on my first January sock and really, really wanted to finish it.  By Saturday afternoon, the itch was back but casting on my second sock brought the irritation down.  Sunday, well Sunday was a new day and the January sock wasn’t cutting it.  I think the itch was accompanied by some swelling.  I didn’t give in completely though.  I swatched.  There are vacation take-along projects that have been decided upon and this seemed a good opportunity to make sure I had the right needles and enough yarn to take with me (heh, heh). 


will turn into a tank top.


will become socks


is a scarf in the making.

Swatching was the equivalent of Gravol – the startitis calmed, then went to sleep.  Then someone mentioned needing fingerless gloves, which led to a trip to the LYS, which led to pattern modifications (short supply of preferred yarn), which led to – you guessed it – more swatching.  Yesterday I think I reached a Zen state of knitting, where I started a cuff over and over and over (and over!) again, until I decided what I really wanted to do – and I enjoyed each cast-on, and each frog and each little stitch.  I’m still pretty much there today.  The first cuff is knit and I decided the hand needed a bit of a pattern – to help stretch the yarn, which otherwise wouldn’t be enough.  I’ve graphed out what I think will work, but I’ve never done this before.  I’ll post a pic later, as they’re not far enough along to show anything yet.

Scattered Thoughts

A wee bit late, but I’d like to welcome November.  That might sound odd, but it’s sunny, with a little breeze and 14ºC here now; this Fall may turn out to be the best Summer we’ve ever had.  Okay, maybe not good news for you skiers and snowboarders, but there’s plenty of time to take care of your needs in the later part of winter – or perhaps next week.

I’ve just finished blocking the sleeves of the Nimbus Cardigan and now have to patiently wait for them to dry.  I didn’t have enough space to do all the pieces at the same time so I did the back and fronts earlier this week and will sew shoulder seams and pocket facings while I wait for the sleeves to hold their size.  I’ll post a pic once that’s done.

Lest you think I’ve been idle these past few weeks, I’ve managed to finish a neck warmer

A shortened version of the Palindrome Scarf combining  Mary Maxim Starlette in Medium Willow and Patons Decor in Pale Sage Green

and almost finish a hat

Teen Flap Hat from Interweave Crochet  Fall 2009 in Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds  Deep Red

The hat is actually done but I decided to replace the crocheted ear flap facings with a fleece lining instead.  With the crocheted facings in place, the ear flaps did this great sticking-out act.  Made me look like Pippi Longstocking, which was not exactly the look I was going for.  This is more like it.

BB’s socks are also well underway and I am exactly 8 rounds away from grafting the toe shut on sock 1. 

Retro Rib Socks by Evelyn A. Clark (Favourite Socks) in Kroy Sock FX  Cascade Colors

Sock 2 has been started (just the cuff) but it seems a little loose somehow.  I should have (and did for the first) 13 rounds of rib for 1″ but I achieved the 1″ in only 9 rounds.  Same yarn, same pattern, same needles.  Could knitting in the car affect my gauge?  Huh.  I’ll frog it while it’s still only 9 rounds and get back to you with the restart results.

And here’s my triumph from last weekend.  Make it yours this weekend.


Strudelicious Panzerotti, from the Podleski sisters of “Eat, Shrink & Be Merry”, on the Food Network.  It’s homemade pizza dough filled with turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni, veg, homemade sauce and cheese.  Baked up in the oven, it is one of THE most gorgeous things I’ve ever made.  Try it, then let me know what you think.

And snow it goes ……

Here it is, just over 24 hours until vernal equinox, and we get this …..

 It started last night and did this to what was left of my plants ……

Won’t bother getting used to it though, since we’re expecting weekend temps of 16ºC (60ºF).  And that does give me plenty of time to finish a scarf.

I cast on the Palindrome Scarf  the other night.  It’s Bernat Alpaca in Tomato.  The colour in this pic is much redder than in reality and doesn’t show the darker threads in the colorway.  I really like the colour but the yarn is a different story.  To the hand, it’s very soft, which made the low price quite a surprise (I suspect that should have been a clue).  Now that I’m knitting it, I’ve discovered the truth about the yarn. 

1. It sheds.  I didn’t notice at first, probably because I was wearing jeans while knitting and didn’t see the dark hairs against them. 

2. It sheds a lot. I’m assuming these dark hairs are the alpaca (30% of the blend).  Some of them are quite stiff and prickly. 

3.  When I put the scarf up to my neck, it itches, and it’s not pleasant.  It doesn’t itch to knit with it or to hold it in my hands, just to wear (sigh).  I’m tempted to frog it, but can’t think of anything else I would do with the yarn and I can’t just throw it out or give it away (to some poor, unsuspecting novice knitter).  Maybe a few good washes will help – maybe a little? For now, I’ll keep at it.  I’ll probably make it a shorter scarf and only use it for extra warmth when I’m already wearing a turtleneck. 

And so much for making a matching hat.