Malcolm's Scarf

Malcolm’s Scarf

Our daughter Michele recently gave us an early (very early!) wedding anniversary gift —

Seahawks vs Steelers
Seahawks vs Steelers

We’re so excited that we will be able to cross off “Attend a Pro Football Game” from our bucket list. On top of that it’s the Seahawks vs Steelers game! How awesome is that?? Michele’s friend Malcolm, a season ticket holder, gave them to her to give to us — AND we’ve never met him! What a guy!

As a thank you gift, I decided to knit a scarf for him in Seahawks colors. I checked out several patterns and actually created my own pattern by combining two of my favorites —
Fibonacci Scarf (always wanted to knit one of these!) by Deborah Cooke and Pressed Rib Cap & Muffler by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. I decided to knit it flat in order to make a quicker knit. Seemed like a good idea at the time and the ribbed knit made front and back indistinguishable. See my notes on this not so “good idea” on my Ravelry Project Page.

I picked up some Simplicity Yarn by Hikoo — worsted weight and good Seahawks colors!

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A size 10 needle seemed to do the trick, and I cast on for the scarf. All went well with the initial ribbing in blue. Then came the first Fibonacci stripe — one row of the green.

 

First Fibonacci Stripe
First Fibonacci Stripe

Yuk! Looked awful! So I did what I usually do in this situation — sent a text with photo to Claudia and Pat. They both agreed and offered several suggestions. In the meantime, I added another row in the green just to see what would happen.

 

 

 

 

 

Double Yuk!
Double Yuk!

 

Well, this didn’t help much. So I frogged a few rows and tried multiple solutions for the problem. I debated starting over completely with a different pattern, but then I started over with the green stripe and Lo and Behold!

 

 

 

Final Attempt -- Success!
Final Attempt — Success!

 

I discovered that if you let the rib be a rib and don’t over stretch it — the stripe looks fine! Who knew?? I also discovered that one row alone didn’t work!

 

So on I went using my modified Fibonacci pattern. My only withhold was all the ends I seemed to be accumulating!

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I absolutely, completely, unequivocally, for sure, hate, can’t stand, don’t like, and detest weaving in ends and ordinarily I’ll do almost anything to avoid the dreaded task. But not much I could do here. So I worked on hoping against hope that the weaving fairy would miraculously show up in the middle of the night and take care of all those pesky ends!

 

 

 

Well, clearly that didn’t happen. So I just had to take the time and weave them in.

Wet Blocking
Wet Blocking

A good soaking and blocking makes this yarn so soft and cushy. Dried almost overnight!

 

 

 

 

And now, Malcolm, here’s your scarf. Thanks from the bottom of my heart through my knitting fingers!

Malcolm's Scarf Modeled by the Dark Lady
Malcolm’s Seahawks Scarf 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Safeco Field, Home of the Mariners

Mariners’ Stitch and Pitch 2015

What a great night with the Mariners from start to finish and cast on to bind off!

With Pat behind the wheel, Claudia, Sophia and I headed out of Bellingham down Interstate 5 to Seattle and Safeco Field with a stop in Lynwood for a late lunch/early dinner. With just two traffic slowdowns, we arrived shortly after the gates opened. We exited the parking garage following the crowd headed for the skywalk over to the stadium.  Suddenly the people in line stopped and we noticed some were headed down the stairs to the street exit to cross over and others were queued in front of a metal detector. The Safeco Field employee stationed there said, “Are you special?” and we all answered, “YES! We Are Special!” He made a joke about I was the Queen of the group because I had a cane. Actually, it’s a trekking pole that I use occasionally because I have a balance disorder. I have no trouble walking and can maneuver stairs better than most! Then he scanned our tickets (Thanks, Claudia!), gave us directions to the elevator on the other side of the skywalk, and we moved through the scanner. It was only when we got to the other side and compared notes that we realized his question really was “Are you special needs?” We had come through the handicapped entrance! After we stopped laughing, we decided that we will always travel with trekking poles! Short cut with VIP treatment!

Then we meandered through the yarn vendors! Awesome! Chatted with our favorite folks from Apple Yarns in Bellingham —

The Apple Yarns Gang
The Apple Yarns Gang

Listened to Barb Demorest from Knitted Knockers being interviewed by Josh from 97.3 FM KIRO Radio! Go, Barb!

Barb Demorest from knittedknockers.org
Barb Demorest from knittedknockers.org

Stopped by Churchmouse Yarns and Tea, and fell in love with their four-color Seahawks Hat kit.

Seahawks Hat Kit
Seahawks Hat Kit

Since the kit makes two hats,

One Kit -- Two Hats!
One Kit — Two Hats!

Pat and I decided to split this purchase. I had vowed to buy no yarn this trip, but splitting with Pat doesn’t count as “buying yarn.” It’s just “splitting with Pat.” So I hadn’t broken my vow … yet!

I have just cleaned out my stash closet getting ready for the Stash Sale next month at Apple Yarns, so the last thing I needed was more yarn! I already have 49 projects with yarns and patterns in project bags logged into my queue on Ravelry! But all my “I’m not buying yarn” mantras were to no avail!

I saw this at The Celtic Knot Yarns booth and I couldn’t put it down (100% of the softest merino wool you’ve ever laid hands on) —

Jilly Lace by Dream in Color
Jilly Lace “Rosy” by Dream in Color

so I had to pay for it.

Then on to the Pacific Fabrics booth — Huckleberry Knits!!!! Love this yarn —

Seahawks!
Seahawks!

to make these must haves —

12th Mitts
12th Mitts

Claudia and Sophia were on a buying binge, too, with yarn they couldn’t resist. Since Sophia lives on Vancouver Island and is a permanent resident of Canada, we’re thinking the customs officials may have a few questions for her later!  And even though Claudia works in a yarn shop, she rose to the occasion and bought more yarn! We finally bought a bottle of water ($5.00 each!!! Yikes!!) and headed to our seats in the nosebleed section. No kidding! Only three rows of seats behind us at the top of Safeco Field.

View from the Top
View from the Top

We had missed the ceremonial first pitch by the President of Noro Yarns —

Welcome to Safeco Field, Home of the Mariners
Welcome to Safeco Field, Home of the Mariners

But arrived in time to see the Mariners take to the field —

Play Ball!
Play Ball!

It was fun to be in a sea of knitters! With Claudia and Sophia working away on their projects —

Knitters to My Left
Knitters to My Left

and Pat busy on her shawl —

Pat
Pat

Oh, wait! She wasn’t knitting. She was watching the Reds game on her phone! But when that East Coast game was over, she joined the crowd —

Pat Knitting
Pat Knitting

In addition to the knitters to my left and the knitter to my right, there were knitters behind me —

Knitters in Back
Knitters Behind

and knitters in front of me —

Knitters in Front
Knitters  Front

People in our row (including Sophia and Claudia) went back down to the yarn vendors and returned several times. Since Pat and I were in seat numbers 1 and 2, we were “stand up/sit down” at least 10 times! One time we stood to let people out and Pat turned to me and asked, “Where’s my water bottle? It was in the cup holder until those folks made us stand to let them out!” I helped her search the area. My bottle of $5.00 water was in its cup holder, but hers was no where to be found. Then I turned to her, about to tell her she just lost about $2.50 worth of water, when I spotted her half-empty bottle of water — held in the bend of her left elbow!

To add to the subdued excitement of knitting, the Mariners had two of these —

HOME RUN!
HOME RUN!

Alas, it was not meant to be. The Mariners lost to Arizona.

But the trip home was lots of laughs, too. The conversation went something like this —

Sophia, our token Canadian, from the back seat, “Pat, move over a lane to the left. This will soon be two lanes only.”

Pat, driving, “OK. Thanks, Sophia.”

A half-mile later. Pat, driving, “Sophia, should a move over another lane?”

Sophia, from the back seat, “No, you’re fine, Pat. It’s two lanes through this construction.”

Pat, driving, “Wow, Sophia! How did you know that?”

Sophia, from the back seat, “I read the signs.”

…Yes, Gabriella, we do “crack each other up!”

Boneyard Shawl in Souk

Quick Update…

I currently have four projects on needles and in various stages of completion. I’m 75% finished with my Boneyard Shawl — love the colors, but not the yarn. Souk has been discontinued by Cascade Yarns and I think I know why — the chunky part of the yarn fibers separates even with little or no pressure on it — frustrating! But I think I’m going to love this shawl.

Boneyard Shawl in Souk
Boneyard Shawl in Souk

Next I’m working on the first of six surprise projects. More about this in several months!

Surprise!
Surprise!

Thirdly, I’m just starting a dress for granddaughter Finn in the Susan pattern. The pattern doesn’t seem too difficult even though it’s not written in a straight forward way. I’m not a fan of patterns that give information about how to do certain stitch patterns way before the stitch is called for in the pattern — confusing! But other than that, this dress is mostly stockinette stitch and is knit in four pieces.

Gauge Swatch for Finn's Dress
Gauge Swatch for Finn’s Dress

Last, but certainly not least, I cast on yesterday for another pair of knitted knockers. I try to do a pair every month, so this is the August pair. I started them a bit early because this is the knitting that I’m taking today to the Mariner’s Stitch and Pitch! Barb from Knitted Knockers will have a booth there as well as many yarn vendors. Fun time for all!

Knitted Knockers #8
Knitted Knockers #8

Lessons Learned

After putting my Imagine When gradient shawl into time out for awhile, I was ready once again to face my huge mistake. 

Lesson learned: Time didn’t “cure all things,” but it certainly made it a bit easier to face the problem. 

I frogged section 5 of the shawl while meeting with my knit group — just in case I needed help and encouragement. And I needed both!

Lesson learned: There’s strength in numbers. 

My major problems were figuring out just where I was in the pattern and RS from WS. 

Lesson learned: Slow down and go back to the basics. 

Then, I was on a roll! Sections 5 and 6 almost knit themselves. 

Lesson learned:  When you take time to do it right, things go smoothly. 

And here it is! I love it. 

  

  

  

 

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#1 Rule in Knitting

It seems there are some rules in life that you just keep relearning. The same is true in knitting. I think the #1 Rule in Knitting should be  “LOOK AT YOUR WORK — OFTEN!” Sometimes I just get going on a pattern and knit, knit, knit. Like I did today working on my “Imagine When Gradient Shawl.”

I bought this kit about a year ago from Tolt Yarn and Wool at “Pitch and Stitch” with the Mariners. It included four skeins of Yoth Yarn in gradient shades of blue and the “Imagine When” pattern by Joji Locatelli. The original pattern was done in one color, but Veronika Jobe of Yoth Yarns included her notes for doing a gradient version in the kit. The sample they were showing was to die for!

Yoth Yarns in Blue Gradient
Yoth Yarns in Blue Gradient

In my last post I wrote about how I misread the directions by not reading closely, but after that I was off to a great start!

Shawl Detail
Shawl Details

The bottom edge of the shawl has a picot edge and the top edge is straight. Here is a photo of the photo on the back of the pattern, “Imagine When…” by Joji Locatelli. The lines are beautiful!

Imagine When... by Joji Locatelli
Imagine When…
by Joji Locatelli

I worked sections 1, 2 and 3 with no problem. Then I changed to the second lightest shade of blue for section 4 with no problem. When I started section 5 with the darker blue, I was sure that there was a misprint in the pattern and WS / RS were mixed up. I searched on line for any errata, but finding none I just continued on — big mistake! At first it looked sort of OK —

At Start of Section 5 with Third Blue Shade
At Start of Section 5 with Third Blue Shade

If you are beyond the beginner knitter stage you probably see the problem already! But I didn’t see it when I took this photo.

Then with only 12 more short rows left in Section 5, I laid down my knitting to admire it….and then I saw it….

Almost done with Section 5
Almost done with Section 5

Why did the straight edge change to a picot edge? And why isn’t the point of this section tucked beside the point of Section 4?

Full View
Full View

And why is this section inverted? Oh, No………..remember when I thought WS and RS were mixed up in the pattern and just kept on going? It wasn’t the pattern — it was me!

Frogging 62 rows right now just seems unsurmountable. So into time out it goes! I think July 5th may be when it comes out.