I finished the Hitchhiker scarf at the weekend. As I got closer to the end, the rows took longer and longer to complete, but my husband was watching three games of rugby back to back on Saturday afternoon (Rugby World Cup), so I just sat with him to the watch the matches and was determined to get this scarf finished.
I am busy knitting away on the Drift jumper but as I’m having to read the cable pattern for the front from a chart, it isn’t the ideal project for Knit ‘n’ Stitch night. I get too distracted and would go wrong!
So last week I started the Hitchhiker scarf, the pattern for which I bought on Ravelry and decided to use Araucania Puelo yarn to knit with. It’s a 100% llama fibre yarn and I’ve been wanting to make something with it for ages.
It’s an easy garter stitch pattern, that just requires you to increase at one end. It has an 8 row repeat and rows 7 and 8 are slightly different to the rest, so you just have to keep a note of what row you are on.
This week I made this scarf. We had some woven ikat fabric from the Midwinter Reds collection delivered to the shop and the fabric designs, Minick & Simpson are giving away a free pattern on how to make one of these scarves… so I thought I’d give it a go!
It wasn’t hard to make, just a little time-consuming teasing out the threads to make the fringe.
I was pleased to learn a new skill whilst making this scarf… I used the rolled hem foot on one of our sewing machines, to hem the sides of the scarf. I’d never done this before, but was really, really pleased with how professional the hem can look.
The only thing I found was that as I handled the fabric, my hands started going a bit red. The dye does seem to come out as you rub the fabric, so I have washed it before wearing it. Ikat is a dyeing technique like tie-dye, so I think this is probably why the colour might bleed.
I don’t knit a lot of lace patterns, and at first I had to really concentrate on what I was doing, to make sure that I didn’t wrong. Trying to rip back lace knitting is not fun. I get confused with the yarn overs etc! But once I got into it, the 16 row pattern repeat became quite easy.
And look.. I even wet blocked it properly with blocking wires and my new blocking mat (which I will tell you about in another post)! Well you have to with lace knitting, don’t you.
Fans of Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze have probably already heard about Rowan’s new Kidsilk Creation yarn. They’ve jumped on the wagon where frilly scarf yarns are concerned and come up with their own very luxurious one, made with kidsilk haze.
So of course, I had to make one. Knitted over just 2 stitches, it took less than an hour to do.
I even made a You Tube video showing people how to make their own.
Sirdar have a new yarn out called Bohemia. It’s a single ply super chunky yarn in variegated colours. The suggestion on the ball band is to use it to knit a drop stitch scarf. I’d never actually knitted a drop-stitch scarf before, so thought it was about time I did. And here’s the result:
It is knitted on 20mm needles, and fortunately I had a pair which were a freebie with a knitting magazine some time ago. I thought that maybe the huge needles would be a bit awkward to handle, but they were surprisingly ok.
I had a little trouble with the casting on to be honest. I tried it lots of different ways, but for some reason, it pulled in each time and also left a big loop on one side. I don’t know why it did this. I had to do it really loosely to get it looking fairly normal.
However once finished, I was really pleased with the result.
This is the scarf I wove for my Mum last week. Took me about a week to do it. I was quite slow at first, changing the colours and trying to get neat edges. Edges aren’t great in terms of carrying the yarn up the side, but the scarf as a whole is pretty much the same width from start to finish, so that was an achievement I think! I am quite pleased with how it turned out and Mum really likes it.
I used a ball and half of Rowan Silk Wool in blue and another ball and half in white, 66 ends and a 7.5dpi reed.
Having bought a stand for my loom (and a second heddle kit for when I’m more advanced!) and a book called The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom, I was keen to get weaving again. We were away last weekend at a wedding in Norfolk so didn’t find any time until Friday night to start weaving again.
This is my second woven project – a plaid scarf. There were 86 ends warped as follows: 8 purple, 4 mauve, 4 green, 4 mauve , finishing with 8 purple. The yarn I used for both warp and weft is some Rowan Wool Cotton that was in the stash. I used a 10dpi reed.
On the whole I’m pleased. It’s really soft and I’d weave with that yarn again. Certainly the weaving itself looks more even (not sure if that’s me getting better or just the yarn I used) and the edges, although not perfect are better than on my first scarf. The disappointing thing is the ends that are poking out where I’ve changed colour. I need to sort out what it best to do when it comes to all the little ends. It’s not a balanced weave either, i.e. the number of rows per inch aren’t the same as the number of ends (warps) per inch. I tried beating really hard and the yarn didn’t want to go any tighter. But the effect is still nice. I probably should have used a 7.5dpi reed to get the balanced weave.
It only took me two evenings to make too. I do like the speed of weaving.
I’ve ordered some Noro Kureyon to try weaving some fabric which I could turn into a bag. I saw a project on Ravelry where someone has done that, and the bag is brilliant! Can’t wait to do some more weaving, but I really need to get back to the knitting too. I have far too many things on the go that I ought to finish.
We’ve just received a delivery of Rico’s new yarn called Can Can and I couldn’t wait to try it out. Rico Can Can is a funny sort of yarn – it looks a bit like a fine net or mesh and the idea is that you use it to knit frilly scarves. The yarn naturally curls as you use it.
The instructions on how to knit with it are on the inside of the label. They are pretty tiny and the diagrams aren’t easy to understand, but I think I worked it out, at least a method that seems to create the right effect!
It’s available in 8 solid colours and 4 variagated ones. The shade I used is called Purple Mix.