Category Archives: Scarves

Knitting with Chocolate and Coffee

Dee:  I’ve been knitting in and around all the shades of chocolate and coffee.  It wasn’t intentional, but it happened.   I am not a coffee drinker per se but I do indulge in a morning mocha whenever possible.  Chocolate and I are definitely very good friends.  We get together often!

I ended the knitting year with my favorite wearable knitted piece Mira’s Cowl.  I knit it with some Araucania Lace Merino that I got for an exceptional price at Tuesday Morning.  The yarn was a very light taupe so I’d consider this a coffee latte heavy on the cream.

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My first finished item of the new year was the Classic Watch Cap for my husband in a deep rich chocolate brown shade of Reynolds Soft Sea Wool.  Usually Mike is a “no hand knits for me because I’m always too hot kind of guy” but he requested the hat after he got caught out in the polar vortex with some truck trouble.

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Next was my Ravellenic project the Dutch Cowl.    Sadly I did not cross the finish line or break any world knitting records during it’s creation but it is quite beautiful in two shades of coffee Royal from Blue Sky Alpacas.

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Before the Olympics began I started a hat for Heidi out of the Icelandic wool she bought for me in Iceland.  I patterned the cap using one of the charts from the Lopi Wool booklet she also sent me. The yarn is in three shades of natural chocolatey brown Lopi wool.

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After receiving a lovely green Kumara Diamond Cap knitted hat for my birthday by the talented hands of my friend Kathryn, I decided to jump my queue and knit the same pattern for my friend Mary out of some yummy tweedy brown Cascade Yarns Alpaca Lana D’Oro.

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Currently on my needles is another Mira’s Cowl but this time out of Ella Rae Lace Merino in what was supposed to be a violet but ended up looking more like a very light lavender or baby blue depending on the lighting.  This cowl is fabulous.  I love the weight of the cowl around my neck.  This is a perfect accessory to add to my spring wardrobe should I be able to start wearing it anytime soon.  Happy knitting y’all!

 

In one of my many insane moments

Monica: I decided I wanted to knit stoles to give to my aunt and my aunt’s sister who both live in the Philippines. When I saw them in June they would pull out fabric scarves from their purses when the air conditioning got too cold. My aunt and uncle are heading there in October so I thought I could finish 2 before they left. I dug through the stash and found a few skeins of tencel yarn which was perfect because they do not need wool stoles in the Philippines. No matter how cold the air conditioning is. A few weeks ago I cast on and feverishly knit and knit until I finished one. It helped that I was on vacation for a week and I had some time on the plane to work on it.

Bird of Juno Stole
Pattern: Bird of Juno Scarf and Wrap by Michelle Miller
Yarn: Teresa Ruch Tencel 5/2

I have already knit this pattern 2 times but I knew this pattern was perfect for the yarn so I knit it again.
Closeup of lace pattern

Isn’t it the prettiest lace pattern? The minute I finished it I searched for another pattern because although I liked this pattern I didn’t think I could knit another one immediately after.

Nashira Stole
Pattern: Nashira Stole by knittedblissJC
Yarn: Teresa Ruch Tencel 5/2

The body of the scarf is made up of 2 rows and you had to knit it for 30 inches. Which was a large test of patience for me as I found it a little tedious and wanted to get to the exciting part.

Nashira Stole

But it’s really a beautiful pattern. I highly recommend both of them. And every photo shoot ends with Buddy doing this.

I want to go inside

It’s his “please please please let me go inside before Mom makes me model the stoles” photo.

Holden

Holden Shawlette
Pattern: Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes
Yarn: Tilli Tomas Disco Lights in Coral Sap

Monica: I had some yarn leftover from the previous shawl project but I didn’t weigh it to see how much yardage I had left so I decided to just go ahead and knit another shawl and see how big it would be. The yarn is heavier weight than what the pattern used and I used larger needles. I followed the pattern instructions to knit stockinette until I had 193 stitches before I started the feather and fan section but I only knit 2 rows of the lace part before I ran out of yarn. I decided I wanted more lace.

Wearing Holden

I ripped back to 141 stitches and instead of knitting 3 repeats in the pattern I knit 2. I also wasn’t able to knit as many iterations of the chart before I ran out of yarn. But I think it turned out okay.

Buddy roasting with shawl

It was big enough to wrap around Buddy while he roasted in the sun.

Pueblo Stole

Stole wrapped once
Pattern: Pueblo Stole by Carol Sunday in the Autumn colorway
Yarn: I bought the yarn as a kit from Carol Sunday’s booth at Stitches Midwest

Monica: I got this kit at Stitches Midwest about 3 years ago and it sat in The Stash mocking me for a while. It wasn’t a kit but all the yarns called for in the pattern so I have plenty leftover. I have enough to make these mittens and will probably have more leftover when I knit the mittens (although the jury is still out on that project because it involves embroidery).

Pueblo Stole

When I was done with my previous project I wanted to knit a project that involved color. Usually when I’m almost done with a project I have the next project picked out and ready to go but this time I didn’t. But I get into these modes where I just want to knit ASAP and I don’t have time to wind yarn. The other color projects I have required yarn-winding and pattern-hunting and needle-searching so I picked this one because everything was ready.

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That’s how it looks in natural light rather than bathroom light. I still have to do some fringe trimming but I’m done with it. The pattern came with a chart that only went up to a certain number of rows so I came up with a spreadsheet to finish the rest of the pattern. If anyone wants to make this in the future and wants the spreadsheet I’d be happy to share.