Monday, March 23, 2009

Lace Ribbon Scarf

Lace Ribbon Scarf

Yes, I finished the Lace Ribbon Scarf from Knitty. I used Ella Rae Lace Merino ( a fingering weight) in color 110. The pattern calls for you to knit until the scarf is 80"; I only made it to 74" with one skein of yarn.

Lace Ribbon Scarf 2

I enjoyed knitting this pattern but I have one thing I'd do differently next time. The pattern has you cast-on and start right into the lace pattern then at the end you knit two rows then bind-off. Those two knit rows give you a very nice finished edge that you don't have at the other end of the scarf. Next time I'd cast-on, knit two rows before starting the lace pattern. I had a long piece of yarn left from the cast on that I used to work through the cast-on to give it a little more bulk to try and match the end of this scarf.

Lace Ribbon Scarf closeup

Thank-you Jessica for modeling the scarf.

I've had about a dozen people write and ask about my blocking surface. I've mentioned before that they're 2 feet X 2 feet interlocking foam floor mats that I got through Amazon. (My mats are black but they're offered in many bright colors too. I've been told someone found the mats at Home Depot.)

KnitPicks now is selling a similar product, 12 inch X 12 inch interlocking squares that are white. I haven't seen them and can make no recommendation - I'm just letting you know another source for these blocking mats. My only comment is that KnitPicks' product is only half the surface area of those offered on Amazon with little reduction in price.

The beginning of this month the Photographer and I drove up to Riverside, California so I could attend a Weaver's Conference marketplace. I was curious about the new looms on the market; learned a lot but didn't purchase one. I really didn't buy much; 2 pounds of natural color worsted weight merino yarn from Newton's, and a fringe twister.

Although we didn't stay at the Mission Inn we did stop there early Saturday morning before the Conference opened. I knit while the Photographer did what he does. It was a beautiful hotel that has recently been fully restored.

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Mission Inn_Riverside_covered walkway

Mission Inn_Riverside_courtyard rooms

Mission Inn_Riverside_archway

This is how I spent the hour, knitting and listening to Vivaldi, while he was wandering around.
Mission Inn_Riverside_knitting


LaurieM said...

Beautiful scarf! Beautiful scenery! Was it nice and warm out? I would have wanted to knit outside.

Unfortunately, it's still too cold for that here in Canada.

AlisonH said...

My brother-in-law and his wife had their wedding reception there! Thank you for the pictures and the memories they brought back; beautiful!

Sheena said...

Love the scarf. I want to make one too. Finished my cardigan, it's ok. started on a bag to be felted. Still working on the EZ surprise jacket for my granddaughter (got tired of the color) I have 10 sheep, don't know who's missing.