Saturday, March 7, 2009

Entrelac Scarf

This scarf has been on the needles for way too long. I started it before Christmas and just finished it last week. By far most of it was completed during Christmas travels, but then I ran out of yarn. I purchased it from my LYS and they did have more, but after I bought two more balls I think I lost a lot of momentum. I’ve been spending more time sewing and just didn’t have much desire to knit.

This is the second time I’ve knit this scarf (Danica from Knitty.com). The first time was for the Preacher, done in grey. Of course, I cannot find a picture of it on my computer at all now. Fitting...that is pretty much how this day is going. Anyway...

The technique that results in the basketweave look is called “entrelac.” I really like this technique. I made a felted bag like this a couple of years ago. It looks much more complicated than it is. If you can knit, purl, increase, decrease and pick up stitches you can do this. Trying to explain how it works is more than I can really manage without confusing you, but if you are interested The Yarnpath has a good tutorial.

The yarn in this scarf is Lana Grossa’s Cool Wool 2000. This was a fabulous yarn to work with. It was smooth and stretchy and felt so nice sliding through my hands. I’d love to make a whole sweater with it. Unfortunately it is a little more expensive than I can afford to make a whole sweater out of. Bummer.

The brown and green combination is my current favorite. Hopefully it still is next year because it is now starting to feel like spring and I don’t think I’ll be wearing this until next fall. But, I’m certainly not complaining about spring rapidly approaching! By the time the weather cools off again I will have forgotten about the scarf and it will be a pleasant surprise.

Now I have nothing – absolutely nothing (!) on needles. I frogged a scarf that was nearly finished because I didn’t really like it, it was riddled with mistakes and I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to make it as long as I would like. I haven’t ripped out something that far along before. Strange feeling. The last time I worked on it was during the summer, so I didn’t really feel the pain of all that lost time and “work.”

But, being without a project in the works doesn’t feel good to me. Irresponsible, almost. What if I find myself watching TV or being a passenger in the car for more than half an hour? I’m just supposed to have idle hands?!? Yikes. I have a decent size yarn stash, so I just have to do the work of matching yarn to pattern. Stay tuned…

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