Sunday, October 24, 2004

 

Gryffindor Scarf Update

I know I've got two posts in draft stage still waiting to be posted from the course of the last few weeks regarding my adventures with this scarf. I've been meaning to post some pictures, but....

In the meantime, an update. I'm nearing the end, thank goodness. I ran out of scarlet red in the midst of my 9th band of it, even after having used the dregs of two skeins. So Anya and I went out to get another. Not that I had a choice, but if I'd had any notion of cutting corners on this, I'd have been in for a rude awakening. You see, I'd thought that that 9th band was the last of it. Turns out that, no, there is supposed to be a 10th. Arggh...more hours of knitting ahead.

Well, I got through the 9th red and the 9th gold (well, yellow, really) and started on the 10th. But by that point, my hands were cramping and I was more than done with knitting for the night.

While we were at the store, I eyeballed some lovely yarn I was thinking about using to make a version of the Anouk pinafore for Anya. But the yarn it calls for is Cascade Pima Tencel which is not to be found anywhere in the valley as far as I can tell, and will thus require a special order if I cannot find the colors I want for completing the original design. What I DID find were the perfect colors for my revision - black, white and fuschia - in Lion Microspun. Alas, now that I know a little about yarn weights and gauges, I know it won't work with the pattern as is because it is a sport weight and Anouk is designed for a Worsted weight. But the fact that I want to do this pattern with some intarsia knitting leads me to the fact that I should readjust the pattern to accomodate this other yarn. Someday, I may be so skilled and ambitious.

This year, she got some plain old black and white soft yarn at $2.99 a skein. I couldn't find a satisfactory pink, so I'll likely make a bow (which was what the pink was going to be in the intarsia pattern) out of actual ribbon and affix it to the jumper for some depth. Come to think of it, maybe I could include some matching pink beads as well...

Anyway, back to the point. The griffindor scarf is nearly done, with the knit stage. Once I wrap up this final band, I wash and block for the very first time. I'm hoping that some of my earlier errors might be minimized here. Then on to my very first fringe. And voila! The gift which should have been delivered in August will be done just 2 1/2 months late.
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