Monday, December 17, 2007

Noro Striped Scarf!

It's time to show you some knitting. As promised here's my gorgeous Noro striped scarf. That's right, this one's for me. O.K. it was hard to choose just a few pictures, but I love this scarf, and its colors so much, so if you roll your eyes, because it's just a freaking simple scarf, move along please.


Scarf with cute little Christmas tree found in a sewing shop.

If you want distinct stripes with big contrast, be sure to choose two very different colorways. Mine had some of the same colors in it (guess when I like something, I really like it) and sometimes the stripes got muddled because of that, but I like it that way. I think the contrast stripes pop more this way.

If it were not for the gorgeous colorways Noro Silk Garden has, I would not buy this yarn. I had to pick straw forever. I think this yarn is a tiny bit overrated. Lately I had a lot of knots in my commercial yarn, but here was only one knot in one ball, that's not too bad. It's still almost too scratchy for my delicate neck, but I'll suck it up.

One colorway had much more yardage in both balls, than the other. At the end I knit from both ends of the ball, after the other colorway ran out, just to use it all up, and keep the stripes going. So there's nothing left over, just what you cut off from weaving in the ends.

Here are some specifics:

yarn: Noro Silk Garden in color # 239 (more yardage) and # 203, 2 balls each
pattern: Noro striped scarf as made popular by Jared
needles: 4.5mm straight Rosewood (my only pair)
size: before washing: 6" x 81" it's long Baby

I've cast on 39 stitches, for the edge I did nothing special. I knit the knit stitches and purled the purl stitches. I like it that way.
start-finish: December 1 - 11

Yesterday we had a snow storm. When I got up early in the morning I expected there to be lots of snow, but it didn't even snow yet. I thought the weather guys got it wrong again, but no. The snow came later, and of course me and the doggies had lots of fun.

Sam likes to rest in the fresh snow. In case you are wondering, the snow shovel is OUT. Every time he played with it his mouth got all bloody from the jagged edges. I was really surprised that he let me use it to shovel a little path away from the door. Normally he goes all crazy when I use it. I guess he'd rather have me shovel the snow.

Biko was busy scurrying around the pool, when I called her. She stopped mid stride and looked over. So, she CAN listen, she's got no problem with her ears. That's interesting. :o) Her nose looks white, because I caught a snow flake on camera (or I should say many) right in front of her.

Pictures taken at 8 AM this morning (from my kitchen window), what a wonderful sight!


That's it for today.

33 comments:

m1k1 said...

Stripes in silk and pups in snow. Your blog has it all.

picperfic said...

oh it looks gorgeous as does the snow!

Larry said...

I'm convinced. I have to make that scarf. But that will definitely be after Christmas. Love the photos!

myboringblog said...

I agree with you about the Noro. You're scarf looks great though so it was worth it to pull out all the VM. I love the dogs in snow pictures!

Hege said...

Beautiful scarf!

Wish we had some of your snow... We've had rain for a week noe so all of our snow is gone. It'll be a dark x-mas :(

Dave said...

Your scarf is gorgeous -- great colour choice!!

shannon said...

it is just lovely. scarf and snow. i wish we'd get snow like that here. we get "snow" and then the entire city shuts down. i do like the snow days, but it's not real snow we get...

Alice @ http://kathrynivy.com said...

Your scarf looks gorgeous! I felt the same way about Silk Garden when I first used it but I really can not resist the colors :)

Anonymous said...

I should have taken some photos too before we did all the shovelling. If the winter goes like this for three months, it's going to be rough. And there's still lots of wind today.
I'll have to give some thought to the scarf since it's so pretty. But I can't deal with scratchy.
Gillian

Angelika said...

Wow, talk about snow and having to shovel it. This morning I had to scrape my windshield. How is that for one or two nights of frosty temperatures. But that will probably be it. OH, nice scarf, btw. :)

sgeddes said...

Ah, what great photos for a Monday! I love seeing sam and Biko - they look like they are having so much fun in all that snow.

THe scarf came out great!

Tanja, wollhuhn.de said...

Wunderschön, Dein Schal - mir gefallen die weichen Farben!

Habt Ihr viel Schnee!!!

Viele liebe Grüße
Tanja

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Too funny about there being nothing wrong with Biko's ears. Mr Puffy also has selective hearing. Your scarf is gorgeous - the Silk Garden is one of my favorites to knit with. It's rustic but beautiful and elegant. Cute tree - it looks like a pin cushion. Great find.

DAWN said...

You deserve such a fantastic looking scarf! glad you are keeping this one. The sunrise photo is beautiful... stunning.

mymiddlenameispatience said...

Cool scarf!

I thought you'd taken the shovel away from Sam for that very reason, but I've seen how very fond of it he is.....

sittin&knittin said...

The scarf looks fabulous! I am knitting with the Noro Silk Garden, making a quick and very easy scarf, The Tilted Squares from New Scarfs...I too think the Noro is very over rated. I have been picking out straw and other strange cling-ons. In the same color way and dye lot I was amazed how two skeins were so different... Happy Knitting...

Tracy said...

LOL As much as I hate making scarves I do recognize a real beauty when I see one! :o)

Those Noro scarves just can't be beat!

hakucho said...

Love your Noro scarf. Of course you probably already know...how much I love simple knits. Love the two colorways put together for a really great effect :)

happy knitting :)

Dave said...

My Mom would love ya! She is a lover of unique scarves. Great sunrise by the way!

Knittypants said...

Love the scarf. I think I might just have to knit a Noro scarf for the New Year.

Tracy said...

Thanks for you nice comment on my blog. I've been drooling over the beautiful spinning fibers you've been working on. It's been so long since I have spun anything but natural colored stuff. You've inspired me to get the dyepot going.

eyeleen said...

That is a gorgeous scarf! I love the color combinations and the stripes.

You dogs really love the snow. Mine would get buried in all that snow. Have fun!

Strickfimmel said...

Superschön ist er geworden, Dein neuer Schal. Da kann man getrost auf ein aufwendiges Muster verzichten, das Garn spricht für sich. Sehr schöne Winterfotos hast Du gemacht, vor allem die Fotos mit den "Snowdogs" gefallen mir. Es ist schon lange her, dass bei uns so viel Schnee lag.

Elemmaciltur said...

Gorgeous scarf! If I ever get around to knitting myself one. *sighs*

Oh, and would please send some snow over to Munich?

Pat said...

Beautiful!
I know what you mean about the itchy neck thing though - I never wear my Silk Garden Argosy for that exact reason!

Anonymous said...

Ich mag das letzte Foto - Tisch mit Schneeeeeeee :) Toll!

Und dass die Noro nicht ganz so arg toll ist, wie immer erzählt wird, macht mich etwas weniger neidisch darauf, dass ich sie nicht habe. Naja, mir ist das einfach viel zu teuer :)
Aber die Streifen sind toll ;)

Liebe Grüße aus einem völlig schneefreien Leipzig bei um die 0 Grad,

Maria.

Maggie said...

The scarf is certainly gorgeous! I have been eyeing it for some time but I don't know if I can bring myself to knit it because of the ribbing.

Isn't it true that once you start spinning, a lot of commercial yarns just don't do it for you anymore? I have a much more critical eye of what makes a good yarn now. :) The Noro colours are stunning, but the yarn...meh. I have lots of it in my stash, though. Pre-spinning stash.

Hannahknits said...

Well, I like your scarf very much. I also made a (small) Noro striped scarf and had the same 'problem' as you when the colours were at some point the same. It doesn't bother me.

Lovely pictures again of your dogs in the snow!

Hannahknits

Beverly said...

Great scarf colors for this time of the year and the snow is so pretty. We rarely seen any down here.

Rina said...

Diese wunderbaren Farben. Unbeschreiblich schön !! Den kleinen Stoffchristbaum finde ich auch zauberhaft. Solche speziellen Kleinigkeiten vermisse ich einfach in unseren Geschäften. Da gibt es sooooo viel Kitsch.
Danke für die Schneebilder, bei uns ist noch alles grün und grau, aber die Temperaturen sind sehr kalt.
Liebe Grüsse
Rina

Bobbi said...

the dogs look like they are really enjoying the snow!

beautiful noro scarf!

Violiknit said...

Amazingly beautiful scarf! I'm glad you're keeping it for yourself! Wonderful snow pics!

Sockergirl said...

Hi, I just came to take a tour, I am visiting vie Sockmania page. I thought I might get a glimps of December snow and instead got the real deal. beautiful pictures of everything, yarn snow pooch...hard to decide what is more interesting. ;)