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Dear Ann,
Snow! We have snow! A full half-inch, I’m guessing. We’re so eggcited we can’t stand it. The sleds that last month were shlepped futilely to Nebraska and back may finally see action. And, in a happy coincidence, we’re headed to the MOUNTAINS for 2 days. Life is good.
Red Scarf Redux
Are the scarves still fun for you? Seriously? You’re not just being polite?
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I give you Red Scarf Project The Second. I will admit that it looks a lot like Red Scarf Project The First. Once again I used my new favorite combination: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, this time in Brown Heather, 1 skein, with 2 skeins of Noro Silk Garden in 2 different colorways.
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But wait–what’s this? Inspired by a clever reader who crossed those slipped stitch lines in a pattern reminiscent of cathedral windows, I started shifting mine over. I like the effect and it entertained me through a second long scarf, twisting stitches whenever the mood struck. So, another one for the Post Office. Will she make it? We can only hope that this unusual trend of actually going to the Post Office will hold for another week or two.
Here’s a Thought: Red Scarves Can Be Red
Red Scarf the Third is newly on the needles, so I’m prepped for subway rides and waiting rooms. Even I am not hard-headed enough to knit the same scarf three times running. I’m going NUTS and doing a fabulous, fresh, free pattern, Argosy, in Silk Garden Shade #84.
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Hey! It’s red! Cool!
This scarf is a practice run, because Argosy is a top candidate to make a summery scarf for myself out of a precious hank of home-dyed Euroflax linen that Cristina generously brewed up for me last year. Indigo, very pale, and drapey. I think linen will look great in this lacy, squarish pattern.
But wait! We have undocumented Christmas scarves in the vault!
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In December, Brother Van wheedled via our comments that he sure would like getting a piece of the 2006 scarf bounty. So I whipped him up a My So-Called Scarf using one skein of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky and one skein of Noro Silk Garden. A shorty (due to the shorter yardage on the bulky Lamb’s Pride), but perfect to tuck in his coat and not too smothering to drive in.
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The last of the Teacher Scarves of 2006, this is The Janet. It’s 2 very similar shades of Noro Silk Garden (I forget which numbers), feather-and-fanned to Mod Victorian perfection. Two skeins of Noro, 36 stitches wide, and it made a long, luxurious scarf.
When it comes to scarves, give me a Metrocard and I can crank ‘em like nobody’s business. It’s a gift. The joy is still there for Red Scarf the Third.
Happy weekend all! Hope to see some of y’all in snow-covered Andes, New York tomorrow!
Love, Kay

36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. The sheer volume you can crank out is stunning. Love all the Noro combos…are these from your stash? Do you pick out the vegetable matter or leave it in? I never got anywhere with my Noro silk garden due to all the twigs and shrubs…it really slowed down my scarf mojo. Lovin’ your scarf action here.

  2. They are all beautiful! I scored 12 balls of Lion Chunky cotton at a stash swap the other night. My boys are going to have a Absorba in their bathroom soon! I kept trying to think how I could sneak more yarn in the house past the old man, but when it’s free, he doesn’t seem to mind so much!
    I received my book plate for my copy of MDK, thank you so much! You guys are rockin’.

  3. The silk garden scarf is lovely and really shows off the color changes quite well. I like the traveling stitches on the first one – very interesing (making a mental note here).
    On the subject of snow – all I can say is YIPPEE! We got a dusting here in the Poconos, but it was enough to cause a two-hour delay and then a closure. Nothing like not having work on a Friday; that means cleaning and knitting.

  4. Can you explain how you use the two colors of Noro in the one scarf? Do you, for example, alternate, rows, run one whole skein and then other, or what?

  5. On these ‘Baby Genius’ scarves, I alternate 2 rows of the Brown Sheep with 2 rows of the Noro. When I use 2 different skeins of Noro, I just run one after the other. When knitting on the subway, which is where most of this cranking gets done, it’s bad enough that I am striping two skeins to begin with; three would do me in. Also I don’t think, when you’re striping, that anybody can tell where one skein ends and the next begins, especially if the colorways are complementary.
    And yeah, this is how I use up those irresistible single skeins of Silk Garden that accumulate over months and years. Hats and scarves. xox Kay

  6. The Argosy is quite fetching in that color. I may have to try that someday, after I finish the other 10,000 projects I’m working on :)

  7. You are a scarf making monster! I love the slipped stitch. Hmmmm. Maybe I’m not sick of making them!

  8. Dumb question, but how to you twist those stitches? I like those wandering bits.

  9. Love the wandering slipped stitches! Although perhaps I’m sick of scarves, there’s always afghan squares to be made, and they can be as crazy as anything!

  10. The Andes are in New York? They never mentioned that in Geography at school….. hurrah for the snow! Wish we had some. I love snow. Oh, and well done on the scarf tally. You’ve got a way to go to meet the warshcloth tally, however, my dear!

  11. Just when I thought I was over scarves and firmly back to sweaters, you’ve re-inspired me. Don’t know why I didn’t notice how nice Argosy is as a pattern, thanks for showing it.

  12. On the Last Teacher Scarf of 2006 – is that two similar colors of Silk Garden knit together or one after the other?

  13. Ooo – Just got some great Euroflax on sale. I think I want to make argosy in a shawl/beachy cover up for summer. Any advice on how to do that? Should I double up or triple up the pattern? Your scarves are lovely — I did a lot this year too but yours are great inspiration for next year!
    When are you ladies coming to Northern New Jersey???

  14. I love how the Noro looks feathered-and-fanned! And the Argosy in Euroflax will be fab — do you steam your Euroflax to soften it, or throw it in the wash a few times, or just wait for it to soften in time?

  15. Between the snow and the scarves, I’m ready to move out of this heat box I live in! Fabulous!

  16. Love the scarves…I’m sure next November will find me trying to crank out some Christmas presents and I’ll look back at your blog for inspiration. I understand your snow comment. We are having a weird winter in Minnesota and did not have enough snow to shovel until Sunday evening. My kids had the best MLK day on Monday because we had 6 inches of powder for downhill sledding. Perfect timing!
    Also, thanks for referring to me as a “clever” reader…other adjectives might also apply!

  17. Must have more info on the twisting of the stitches. Seriously? “whenever the mood struck”? Not specific enough for me, unless you are dead serious about that, and I suspect you’re not. And, uh, yeah, like Kymm, HOW do you mean “twist the stitches”? :)

  18. pretty!

  19. OK, for the dense among us (that would be me): please explain step-by-step about how to do the wandering slipped stitches… thanks.

  20. Hi! By any chance, is the pattern available for the shawl shown in “Why Everyone Should Knit Lace” section of your (most entertaining) book?
    Many thanks!
    Anne Kelly

  21. Beautiful Scarves. You put Scarf back in the word scarf. I too am curious about your twisted stitches. I may have take a closer look at noro silk garden in the near future. Amy

  22. Totally impressive. I can’t wait to see Argosy finished. Looks like it might be a fun one. Have a great time in Andes. If it weren’t playoff weekend I might have talked the husband into it, oh well, next time.

  23. How gorgeous! You had me drooling and looking to buy some Noro before I recovered myself and realized I needed to stick to my budget. Maybe on payday…

  24. OMG, I love the Janet!

  25. Hi Kay & Ann! You’ve been tagged! Go to http://phknit.blogspot.com to see what it’s all about! Happy knitting!
    Paula

  26. Just to say I love checking out your site. The scarfs (or is it scarves?) are beautiful. I have some linen unraveled from a thrift shop sweater that I think will make a nice Florida Argosy. It will be my first attempt at entrelac. We have very few yarn shops so I have to gather yarn where I can, and living in Florida doesn’t invite the wonderful wools.
    tp

  27. Just to say I love checking out your site. The scarfs (or is it scarves?) are beautiful. I have some linen unraveled from a thrift shop sweater that I think will make a nice Florida Argosy. It will be my first attempt at entrelac. We have very few yarn shops so I have to gather yarn where I can, and living in Florida doesn’t invite the wonderful wools.
    tp

  28. Just to say I love checking out your site. The scarfs (or is it scarves?) are beautiful. I have some linen unraveled from a thrift shop sweater that I think will make a nice Florida Argosy. It will be my first attempt at entrelac. We have very few yarn shops so I have to gather yarn where I can, and living in Florida doesn’t invite the wonderful wools.
    tp

  29. I know i missed this somewhere but is there a pattern for these beautiful scarfs?

  30. I know i missed this somewhere but is there a pattern for these beautiful scarfs?

  31. Hey Kay & Ann,
    I enjoy your blog as much as your book. Hope we can get you two on Sit & Knit with Kim, Jack & Bird once we get the pick-up for the show.
    In the meantime, I’ve got a 399-page steamy knitting mystery novel entitled Cast On, Bet’s Off that I’ve just recorded as downloadable to MP3 players, i-pods and computers. (Clever Kim says this way knitters can knit while listening to a mystery novel.) The book’s about a romantic couple who owns a yarn shope (sound familiar?) and get drawn into murder mysteries. Check it out at sitnknit.com.
    I’d like to send you both a complimentary downloadable copy, so please e-mail me at sitnknit@yahoo.com.
    Best,
    Jack

  32. I’m trying Argosy now that I have seen how beautiful it really is. But I ran into a problem – every time I get to row 11, I end up on the wrong side, when I should be on the right side. Should I ignore it? Or was the pattern just written un/in (?) correctly? Hmmmm….

  33. Hi Ann and Kay,
    I turned on the TV this morning and just happened to catch the last 2/3 of your interview with John Sigenthaler on NPT. You all did a great job and I was so glad that I got to watch it. He seemed to like the book so well that he might even try his hand at knitting. Great job!
    Francie

  34. The scarves are GREAT!!! I have the Noro Virus — so colorful and love it alllll!

  35. I just finished a scarf in the Baby Genius Burp Cloth pattern, it was probably the most fun I had making a scarf in a long time. I used a tweedy grey yarn from Patons and it came out lovely! Thanks for the inspiration Kay!

  36. I love mason*dixon knitting! can someone tell me how to make my own rag balls? do you tie the strips together? if so will the knots matter on a rag rug? Are woven fabrics better than knits,like t-shirts? I am not computer savvy,so i hope whoever gets this can help.