Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekend Update

While I was home for the holidays Mom requested a scarf. Nothing too fancy. Actually Mom isn't normally one to wear a scarf. But for a little while now she's had a little issue with a nerve thing in the side of her face that seems to act up with the cold weather. It causes her some pain and since Mom isn't one to stay inside where it's warm (she's always on the go) she's taken to wearing a scarf my aunt made for her when she first learned how to knit. Can we all say novelty yarn? Yeah, you know what I'm talkin' about. It's a combination between fur and bally things. Strangest yarn I've ever seen. So while we were out and about making our shopping rounds we visited a new LYS in her area. Mom is taking a liking to visiting 'real' yarn shops and will gladly sit for however long it takes for me to fondle skein after skein and weigh my buying options. This particular shop, Knit Wits, had a whole wall of Cascade 220 in which Mom planted herself in a chair in front of. Without having a particular project in mind when I walked in, I figured it wouldn't do any harm to stalk up on some good solid Cascade wool. The stitch definition is clean, neat, and makes for quite a nice piece of work. Mom casually mentioned that the grey two-toned one would match her winter coat nicely. I took that as a hint that she wanted a new scarf. Could I blame her? Upon returning home we looked for hours on Ravelry for a great pattern for her. Something simple, but wide and long enough for what she needed. We found a few options that she liked but I wasn't completely satisfied. When I got home (back to VA) I looked again and came across the Scrunchable Scarf pattern, noticing that several people had knit it up in Cascade and it looked fab. To give it a little more heft and hopefully add to the length I combined the one skein of Cascade I had with a skein of Patons in solid grey that I had laying around. This way I could use size 11 needles as well. The weather yesterday turned out to be pretty crappy and my plans got canceled so I figured that was cue to cast on. I was surprised at how quickly it knit up. I was done around dinner (and that was with a pretty long nap at mid day - rainy days will do that to ya). I'm loving the clean look of the stitches.
And I think Mom will enjoy how soft and squishy it is. Tomorrow I'll put this puppy in the mail and off to PA it will go to great it's new owner where I'm sure it will be loved and appreciated and wore often. Another FO was finished today but it's wet and not ready for photos. Another day then...

6 comments:

Knitting by the Pond said...

I love your scarf it is wonderful!

Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog ;) You are very thoughtful and sweet!

Happy New Year!

Channon said...

Nice! I'm sure it will be well-loved and worn often.

Peanut said...

Wow! Finished it already? I take back any comments about crocheting being faster...I am still working on my own scarf...

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous scarf!

Ms. B. said...

Hey Chicka,
What a hoot! After going through the pattern you forwarded for my scarf considerations, I decided on the scrunchy one as well. I like the look of it.

Maybe it is a Mom-thing??? Okay, maybe it is a PA Mom-thing???
Have you checked out Margaret and Helen? They have a peanut and carrot soup recipe I want to try this weekend.
L8r, Scoop

Anne said...

I love it! Looks VERY similar to the pattern I did for my brother in law's scarf, and it sure is very squishable when it's done!