Saturday, December 15, 2007


I saw the new Gap Donegal Scarf and decided I LOVE it. But... I don't want to buy it, because to just have it isn't enough, even though it's being sold at a reasonable price for a hand-knit scarf, and in a month or two I could buy it on a lovely deep discount. I want to KNIT it. I want to do it myself. I HAVE TO!! It's a fairly simple pattern, and it shouldn't be much of a problem.

Doesn't it look cool? That's the Gap pic... hope it's ok if I use that. If not, here's the link I'll post mine when it's done.

Here's my pattern for it, I'm calling it Braidy. It won't be exactly the same because I believe they used a worsted weight yarn, and 6x1 rib which you might consider, too, adjusting your cables and needle size according , but....


Yarn: wool ease "chunky" I used the "charcoal" colorway.

Needles: Size 11 straights (8.0 mm) (or size needed to obtain gauge - or at least be close)

Gauge: 14st =4 inches in 4x1 rib

BTW... please let me know if you use this pattern... I'm curious if anyone will :)

4x1 rib:
Row 1 - p1 *k4, p1 repeat from *
Row 2 - k1 *p4, k1 repeat from *

Cable sequence :
Row 1: p1, k4p1, k4p1 slip next 5 stitches onto cable needle hold to front of work, k4p1, K4P1 from cable needle. work remainder of row in 4x1 rib.
Rows 2 - 6: Work in 4x1 rib starting w/row 2
Row7: p1 k4 p1, *slip next 5 stitches onto cable needle and hold to back of work, K4P1, K4P1 from cable needle. repeat from * once more, K4P1
Rows 8-12: work in 4x1 rib starting w/ row 2
Row 13: p1, *slip next 5 stitches onto cable needle hold to front of work, k4p1, K4P1 from cable needle. repeat from * twice more.
Rows 14-18: work in 4x1 rib starting w/ row 2
Row 19: work as row 7
Rows 20-24: work in 4x1 rib starting w/ row 2
Row 25: work as row 1

CO 31 stitches.
Work 4x1 rib for 12 inches, then work cable sequence.
Work 4x1 rib again for 3 feet (or 36 inches, if you prefer) , then work cable sequence again.
Work 12 inches of 4x1 rib then bind off rib-wise.

I'm only through the first cable sequence right now but I'll post the picture of my finished object when I get a chance. Enjoy!

More pics:
I'd like to add that I checked out the original gap version (which is for women, and a bit daintier than the one I made) and it's definitely made from worsted, but has the same 4x1 rib. If you're making it for a woman, you might prefer to use a worsted weight yarn, although it'll take an extra skein of it, I suspect. You might also make it a bit shorter, depending on how long you like your scarf, but the one I made was intended for a man.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


As one of my ideas for christmas gifts, I've decided to do felted coasters. I used Patons SWS (soy wool stripes) for it. I really liked the lopi-ish style single-ply of the SWS. It's one thing I really liked about Lamb's pride, too. Here's the initial swatch at 9 inches by 7 inches. I cast on 25 stitches on size 10 1/2 needles, then worked it in stockingette. I'm just doing one big long piece to get the rest of the coasters done. Much more efficient, since I'm cutting it anyway.

Here's the swatch after it was felted. It's now 6 inches by 5 inches.

I then used a coaster I have as a guide and cut the felt into square coasters. They're just shy of 4 inches square.
I like it better post cut - the sharp edges look nicer than the messy felted edges of the original swatch, imo. The striping of the yarn turned out really well, too! I'm very happy with the way it turned out... now to do the rest....

Monday, November 19, 2007

My Knitting ADD is at it again....

Yes, I have unfinished projects with a timeline, but.......

I've had the worst sinus headaches of my life the last few days and have been doing my best to treat them sans antibiotics (because I'm not interested in seeing a doctor, honestly), so I've been doing the ol' snort-the-salt-water-up-the-nose treatment that my mom highly recommends. Yes, it's been helping, but not really enough. So, I've also been putting heat packs on my face. Mmmmm... lovely heat making my headache feel better.

So, while under the darkness of the lovely heat pack, I was thinking... I bet I could *make* a lovely felted heat pack. So, that's the plan. I'll post the pattern when I'm done.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Necessary Evil

Yes, that's right... rolling the tangled yarn into a ball.

Why yarn isn't sold in balls, I'll never understand. By the end of the skein I'm almost always rolling it up into a ball to save my sanity. This is by no means my favorite activity, as you may have guessed. In case you've never had the pleasure, it goes like this

Step 1... notice that the yarn keeps tangling up making you stop your knitting/crocheting/whatever you're doing every few stitches in order to loosen up enough yarn for you to make a few more stitches

Step 2... you decide (after much frustration) that you must put down what you are doing and take on the task of rolling the yarn into a ball so that you may continue in peace and sanity

Step 3... Put down your fun project, and pick up giant knot of yarn. It's important to understand, that by giant knot I don't mean one huge knot but a multitude of knots forming a large conglomeration and that it's sneering at you, taunting you to untie it.

Step 4... start dutifully pulling at the end and wrapping the yarn around your fingers, stopping after practically every wrap to wrestle with said multitude of knots.

Step 5... get frustrated and throw the giant knot across the room screaming profanities at said knot.

Step 6... dig out hard liquor from wherever you're storing it and take a swig.

Step 7... kick giant knot hoping you can badger it into submission

Step 8... take another swig of liquor and turn back to carefully wrapping your yarn into a ball

Step 9... throw yarn across the room and encourage your toddler (or cat) to wander off with it, never to be seen again.

Step 10... sober up and drive to the yarn store for a new yarn that it still beautifully organized into a skein.

Ok, so maybe that's not really how it went, but that's about how it feels like it COULD go......

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Obsessive Thoughts

So, I've been hearing a lot about recycling yarn by finding old (or new?) cheap sweaters and taking them apart to use the yarn. And being the obsessive person that I am, I can't stop THINKING about all the beautiful yarn just waiting for me to come along and rescue it from horrid sweaters. I've been checking out the sale racks at Old Navy, looking for ginormous sweaters (as big as I can find) that I can then dismantle and transform into beautiful yarn for my own use. MUAHAHAHAHAHA *evil grin*

I've even been reading about people taking the sweaters apart and then twisting that yarn together with other yarn to make thicker weight yarn, and also dying the yarn to make gorgeous new iterations of the lovely fibers. AND I saw someone (who know's how many are out there!) selling recycled yarn to which they have done just that! *drool*

So, now, being an avid knitter and yarn junkie, I am stuck obsessing over doing this to unsuspecting knitwear. You may be interested to know that I even have been eying my sweaters that have been sitting around for .... well, clearly for too long... and even ones that I wear frequently, to use for this luxurious yarn-finding/making expedition. Stay tuned, I will prevail!

Friday, November 9, 2007


Tonight my dad and step-mom are coming for the weekend. I should be cleaning... but I WANT to knit!! Here's what I'm working on now...

It's the Matinee Coat from Debbie Bliss's "simply baby" That picture is from a while ago, I've finished the other front and am part way up one sleeve.