Friday, October 24, 2008

Finally finished object

Since I was already suffering from feellikecrapitis I decided to make it a bit worse and weave in the ends of the project I've been working on since late July. Yeah, it's taken me almost three months to knit one thing. And a couple of weeks to weave the ends, my least favorite part of knitting. Back in July I gave a sneak preview of the yarn from the Knit Picks Sunset Picnic Lace Yarn Sampler:Each color was a 50 gram skein (440 yards) of lace weight yarn. In the order I used them, left to right,
Gloss Lace Mango
70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk
Shimmer Sunkissed
70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk

Alpaca Cloud Papaya Heather
100% Baby Alpaca
Gloss Lace Chipotle
70% Merino Wool, 30% Silk

Shadow Sunset Heather
100% Merino Wool
Shadow Hot Rod Heather
100% Merino Wool
The pattern is the Spectrum Scarf by Eunny Jang in Interweave Knits Magazine. The pattern was a free download from Knitting Daily (and if you're a knitter and not on their list, you should be). It's rated with a skill level of easy and yes, it certainly was.

The first thing was winding the yarn. The pattern calls for 4 strands of yarn from each color so I guestimated half the skein, wound two separate balls and used both the center and outside pulls of each. I wouldn't have wanted to take this project traveling because there were often 3 balls of yarn in play, but doing it in a big chair or on the sofa while letting the balls roam free was simple. The worst that happened was when I knocked over all the yarn, used one color twice and had to rip back many inches.

I tried several different size needles and number of cast on stitches and ended up using size 10 Options needles and 33 stitches. Since I normally do it too tightly I went up a size for the bind-off; I think it may still be a bit tighter than it should be. It ended up about 54" x 8", shorter than my normal scarves but still a good size. I like how the pattern is open without having to block it - something that I may do some day in the future but I like blocking almost as little as I like weaving in ends. I'm very happy how it turned out (the true colors are somewhere between these two pictures):

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