Falling water scarf

I love it when a knitting pattern has a good name.

My (relatively) recently completed Wurm hat carries a great moniker. Even though I had little to say about the project itself (“Knit a hat. Finished it. It is nice.”) I was tempted to write a blog post about it, just so I could call it A “wurm” and fuzzy feeling. Ha ha, I know, a comedian in the making right here.

Other great names I’ve knitted include the Shale baby blanket, the name of which manages to sound rugged and rural at the same time as cosy and warm. Oh, and if anyone out there is looking for a baby blanket pattern, I recommend this one.  Definitely the best one I’ve come across and it’s proved amazingly versatile and useful in the first six months of my little sproglet’s existence.

Shale baby blanket
Detail from my shale baby blanket. The daddy of all baby blankets (metaphorically speaking, I don’t think it’s actually spawned. Or if it has, it’s been very discreet about it…)

The Star crossed slouchy beret brings a touch of Shakespeare and ill-fated love to the otherwise prosaic act of keeping your head warm. (Though, sadly, I didn’t display similar levels of  genius when knitting it, instead messing up the cables…)

And it was partly the fabulous name of the Arsenic and old lace shawl that convinced me to cast on and tackle something way out of my knitting league. (Which reminds me: must dig that out of my project box and have a crack at finally finishing it…)

More successfully knitted than the last two examples, but just as pleasingly named, is the star of this post. Fresh off the needles, this falling water scarf.

Falling water scarf
Little droplets cascade down the scarf

This is a belated Christmas present for my godmother and I’m pretty pleased how it’s turned out. In my usual style, I woefully overestimated the amount of time I have for knitting and cast on in January, thinking I’d have it finished in a week, tops. Yeah. Five weeks later I’ve just sewn in the last end and blocked it.

I wouldn’t choose a brown for a scarf myself, but I know she wears browns and oranges the most, so I hope she likes it (and doesn’t think it’s too poo-coloured, ha ha…)

Falling water scarf
Please excuse the creases on my bed sheet behind the scarf…

The pattern, by Bonnie Sennott, is really simple to understand and quick to memorise. And, the staple of most good patterns as far as I’m concerned, free on Ravelry.

My yarn choice was probably a bit off. The last lace scarf I made ended up too fluffy, because I used wool with a lot of alpaca in it. This time, in response, I seem to have swung widely to the other extreme, choosing a crisp cotton glace by Rowan. The stitch definition is very clear but it’s not as soft (nor, I suspect, warm) as it would be if I’d stuck to wool.

You can see all the details at my Ravelry project page: falling water scarf.

So, now this is completed, I’ve got time to start on one of the excellent patterns in the retro Knitting in Vogue book I found second-hand. But which one, which one?

This article is linked up at today’s creative blogCRAFT, Keeping it simple crafts, the Shabby Nest, Romance on a Dime, Katie’s Nesting Spot and the Shabby Creek Cottage. Head over there to see what others have been up to this week.

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His birthday scarf

It was an uphill slog at times, but I did manage to finish the birthday scarf on time for my partner’s birthday, hooray. (See my original post, Three secret projects, for the very beginning of this project…) Of course, almost every day I regretted having chosen a moss stitch pattern. A moss stitch pattern, I ask you, from someone who has limited amounts of time and is far from the world’s quickest knitter.

I tried to put in a pattern repeat a day, once the baby was in bed and before Jamie got back from work. This meant I didn’t do anything useful like clean the house, do the washing up, move the baby toys off the floor. Nope, I just sat there, furiously knitting knitting knitting, stuffing the scarf under a sofa cushion to hide it as soon as I heard the door opening.

But as I sewed in the last end yesterday, I knew it had been worthwhile, for this is one beautiful, luxurious, heavenly-detailed scarf.

Purple knitted scarf
The completed scarf: lovely detailed pattern and the actual wool colour is a little richer than it seems in this picture

The Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran is absolutely gorgeous too, so soft and warm. I can’t speak enough praise of the pattern by Monika Steinbauer, it really looks elegant and yet somehow a bit manly too.

I think if I made it again, I would be tempted to lengthen it, as it is quite short. In fact, I was tempted to lengthen it this time, but ran out of yarn and time, so left it as the pattern instructed.

It’s about to get wrapped up in time for his birthday on Saturday. Fingers very tightly crossed that it will be a hit…

Knitted scarf
Lovely intricate geometric pattern. Best of all, you only need to know how to knit and purl to make it

There is more info on my Ravelry page and the pattern, by Monika Steinbauer, is here: “His scarf” the cashmere one.

Of the other two secret planned projects, the lunch bag has been a no-go. In fact, I have to admit, I had even forgotten I was planning on making it until I read back on the original post before writing this tonight. The best laid plans of mice and men, eh?

But the T-shirts are still in the pipeline: I’ve bought three cheap T-shirts from Primark, ordered myself some transfer paper and, ahem, am currently awaiting delivery of a printer from Amazon since I didn’t actually have one in the house before. Yes, that’s the sort of level of optimism I have when I set out planning these projects: aim to make something you don’t have the basic equipment in place for.

Still, the printer is due to arrive tomorrow (Friday) and his birthday is the following day, so I am hoping I can master everything I need to know in time. Watch this space…