These were meant to be started on the flight to Denver, but I was so tired for most of the trip that I didn’t cast on for the first one until we were settled in Lyons for a couple of days. The knitting is going really quickly and I’m deeply in love with the cables. Which I know you can’t see here, since this is only about 4 rows into the knitting.
Pattern: Lady Eleanor, from Scarf Style
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden #268
I started this project in October 2007 and finished it last weekend. The knitting was actually done for some time, but it took me a while to get around to the fringe.
I love this pattern. I love this scarf/stole. She’s stunningly beautiful, and I can’t even believe that I knit this wonder. The pattern is deceptively simple, but completing this project made me feel like a Knitter, with a capital ‘K.’
One very valuable lesson learned after knitting this: I can use my washer to soak and spin large knitting projects without damaging them. I wasn’t looking forward to squeezing out the water by hand after soaking something this big. I was trepidatious going into it, but the washer worked perfectly. No agitation or rinsing. Just a soak – with Soak – and a short spin cycle. It came out practically dry and completely unharmed.
I know a lot of people who knit this stole skipped the knotted fringe, but I like the little delicacy that it adds. And since it’s imperfectly knotted with such a rustic looking yarn, it balances out the stole quite well.
I’ve been meaning to knit Calorimetry for a long time now, and I finally got around to it last weekend. Please ignore my needs-to-be-colored grey hair in these photos.
It was a really quick and easy knit, both times I knit it. Both, you’re asking yourself? Yes. I knit it twice, because the first time, it was way too wide and stuck off the back of my head a ridiculous amount. So I frogged that one and re-knit, casting on 8 fewer stitches and doing only 5 repeats of row 5 instead of 15.
The result is a much better fitting Calorimetry, but it’s still not perfect. I discovered while modelling it for these photos that it’s still way too long. Rather than re-knit, I tried buttoning it on the third hole, rather than the first. That was perfect.
All in all, I really love this pattern. I knit it in just a few hours, each time, and it’s so easy. I love the concept of it, too, because I like to wear my hair up often and can’t when I have to wear a hat, so it’s perfect. I’ll definitely be knitting a second one, but this time I plan to cast on 92 stitches instead of the 120 the pattern says.