Yellow and Navy Scarf

January 30, 2007
Okay, so I’m not even remotely close to done with the green, brown, and white scarf (although I can tell you it is coming along beautifully (and soft!)), but I decided on a pattern for the yellow and navy scarf.

One reason I’m posting this is so you guys can see how much I alter patterns. :p

I’ve decided to use the Seaman’s Scarf pattern from Knit Picks, but with the following alterations:

  • Use navy and yellow worsted weight Cascade 220 instead of Cinnamon bulky Knit Picks Sierra
  • Use two strands instead of one (to account for the worsted-bulky difference)
  • Do the ends in yellow and the middle in navy
  • Make the middle longer (the original pattern is only 50″, plus I need about half to be yellow and half navy)
  • Work it in the round so there are no ugly garter stitch edges

Although I don’t know. I may go back to vertical stripes, or I may even change my mind yet again before I even get around to starting it. The only problem I foresee with my alterations is making the middle longer — the length the middle is in the original pattern is perfect for wrapping around your neck and then the cables start just after that. What do you think?


Yarn P*rn

January 26, 2007

So I went yarn shopping with a friend today, and since I bought yarn, I had to finish the iPod cozy so I can start using the new yarn. (Since all I had left was seaming anyway…) So here are the pretty photos for your viewing pleasure.

iPod nano cozy. For the etsy store, I guess…

This first set of yarn will be for a large scarf like this:
and so on. Not sure how many rows each yet, but that’s the general plan.

This yarn is for another scarf, and if I had to guess, I’d say it will be k1p1 with vertical stripes, but I think I will start the other one first, so I might change my mind in the meantime.

Mid-Week Poll

January 17, 2007

So this week I’m wondering:  How often do you use the yarn prescribed in the pattern?  For the purposes of this question I am ignoring colors and just enquiring about the line of yarn.  (e.g. If the pattern calls for Cascade 220 in green and you use Cascade 220 in orange, it counts as the same yarn, but if it calls for Cascade 220 in green and you use Wool of the Andes in green, it counts as a different yarn.)

Please respond with a percentage of how often you use the yarn specified in the pattern (or you can say “5 times out of 10” or similar if you prefer to think about it that way.)  You may include more specific details if you would like, but a percentage will suffice.

As a sub-question:  Are you annoyed when you come across a pattern where the yarn is no longer available?  Does this keep you from knitting the pattern, or do you go find an acceptable substitute?

Everybody (that knits) please answer this one!  Thanks!  😀


January 16, 2007

I will gradually post old patterns here for your knitting enjoyment. So… Without further ado… From the days before I had a blog… I bring you…. Rocketman (the pattern)!

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January 15, 2007


Check it out, guys!! For once in my life I actually knit something straight and seamed it! You should all be proud of me! (Unless of course you know how to do herringbone stitch in the round, in which you should gloat (and then tell me how to do it!))


You guys really need to get on the ball about what to do about the leftover yarn!


January 14, 2007

So I’ve made my decision — no thanks to you guys! 😉 — I’m going to use the Mercado to make wristbands.  I’m about half-way done with the first one and let me tell you it’s gonna be PURDY.  So don’t worry, I should have photos up before long.

However, I should have some yarn left over after the wristbands and the verdict is still out on what to do with it.  Some possibilities:  small headband to match wristbands, iPod sock, …  Again, any suggestions are welcome!


January 13, 2007

I got some new yarn from an etsy shop and I’m not sure what to do with it.

It is “mercado” from It is 125 yds / 2.7 oz (worsted weight), 85% wool / 15% mohair. Any ideas are very welcome!