Friday, January 30, 2009

I shouldn't have...

I shouldn't have taken such a long spinning break! It's not that I forgot how to do it, but my hands forgot how to do it RIGHT. That will teach me! So I've decided to fill up seven of my eight bobbins for my Kromski Minstrel wheel (love it). The 8th bobbin is somewhere in a bag, half filled with fiber, which resembles my current hair color. I did not feel like finishing that right now. So I'm working with seven bobbins for the time being. More about all this fiber, when I've finished plying. I've just started plying today, in between some sweater knitting. I had to change the driving band, and the new band jumped off the wheel in the middle of navajo plying - twice! Monkey never learns, or does she? It's going well, considering, with what I'm working here. Totally over twisted singles. I've kept the worst (green stuff) for last, keep your fingers crossed for me, that I will not need to be cut out of a tangled mess. It's a shame too, since the green stuff was my favorite. Maybe I can make some kind of usable yarn out of it.

My creation

I told you the last time, that Angelika's package contained something else. It was a surprise for DD Hannah. She would have loved the Hooded Pullover from Vogue Knitting Fall 2008 in the original color and yarn, as in the magazine. I was not able to get exactly that around here. The online stores, which had the Wool Ease Chunky, did not have the color Amber, and the ones which did, did not ship to Canada. Anyway, Angelika made it possible. I could not wait, and told Hannah already, so here are the pics: Late last night, I cast on for the sweater. The color in the pictures of the magazine is lighter, than the real deal, but I hope Hannah still likes it. ;o)

My creation

And finally, last October I've signed up for Socktopus Sock Club 2009 (with all the fixin's and trimmings). Now, we've got the first installment:

The presentation of this package was wonderful. I wish you could smell it! The pattern, designed by Alice Yu is called "Om Shanti Bed Socks", and the yarn is Chameleon Colorworks Evolution, 100% Merino Optim stretched wool. It's very soft. First time I've touched yarn like that. I would be lying, if I said I like the colorway, I don't. First I thought I could doverdye it, than I though, why not knit bed socks for somebody else, like my grandma or mother? We'll see. In any case, I'm keeping the goodies for sure. There's Mountain Spa Foot Soak; it says on the package: "Chamomile soothes the skin while oils of pine and grapefruit refresh tired feet and improve circulation." There's also Mountain Spa Foot Soap, and Foot Butter. :o) Lovely, lovely, don't you think? The club subscription was meant as (last years) Birthday gift, but I'm patient sometimes, and can wait for as long as it takes to get goodies like that.
I'm off to work on the sweater. Hannah sure could use it right now, all the way out there in Halifax!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just in time ...

Just in time for next Christmas came a lovely package for me. Angelika knit this beautiful stocking for me! I admired it in a comment, when I saw Michelle working on it on her blog, at least that's how I remember it. Anyway, what a wonderful surprise. Look at the stitch pattern! That's a hell of a lot of work!

The stocking is made with acrylic yarn (not blockable), that's why it's not showing the edge very well, but imagine my shock when my son slipped into the stocking for fun, and it almost fit!!!
At least now we can admire the beautiful design. And he said, I really SHOULD mention it's his leg, he doesn't want you to think I have such a hairy leg! :o) Sweet boy/giant!

There were also 3 skeins of Brown Sheep "Prairie Silks" in the lovely colorway "Jeweled Moss". The name alone is adorable, and I like it a lot. I have to think of something special to knit with this.
What made me laugh out loud was the card, which Angelika put in as well:

"There's a fine line between "hobby"and "mental" illness." "I walk the line." - No kidding! Isn't it hilarious?! :o)

There was also something else in the package, which I can't show just yet. Soon though. :o)
Thank you very much, dear Angelika!

You made my day!

And now back to knitting!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Silk Kerchief

As you may or may not know, Biko and Sam are sleeping in my bedroom. Last night, when DS David (who's a night owl, and we see each other only with overlapping hours) came to take them outside (I really don't care for 4:30AM potty trips, even though I get my fair share of it), he said, it smelled like pop corn in my room. I was surprised, and worried at the same time. He really should go check out his sense of smell some time, since both dogs were afflicted with the worst case of flatulence!

Loud "Pffffffft" sounds were followed by, (Biko) a sigh of relieve, and (Sam) jumping up in horror, and looking for a safe place. Poor guy really didn't think he could escape his own bum, did he now? Breathing under the blanket is no substitution for fresh air, believe me, I know.

What has that got to do with knitting?

Something else I've noticed lately, and this is something sweet, my dog faced kids (thanks Marianne) wag their tails, when they hear my voice. So what? They are happy to see, smell, and hear me. I find myself (not exactly wagging my tail, I would if I could), but smile from ear to ear, when my DH Karl calls. Hearing HIS voice makes my day. Still wondering what this has got to do with knitting?

Well, on the side of the bed, were Karl normally sleeps, there's currently a scarf blocking. Yes, I've replaced him with cuddly hand knit items (wouldn't you?). Honey, I promise, I will remove the pins (with a magnet if need be), and try and find them ALL.

My creation

pattern: Silk Kerchief by Kate Gagnon of zeitgeist yarns,

yarn: Fiddlesticks Country Silk "Demi" in soft blue and copper, 50% silk, 30% wool, 20% nylon (forever in my stash), each 125g/400m. I don't like the smell of silk, or silk/wool blends. The yarn felt kind of rough at first, but the knit fabric, after washing, got a little softer, and it has a nice feel to it now.

needle: 4mm circ (from my new addi click set, thank you David)

size after blocking: 28" x 65"

This was a fun knit. I've added a border, which is not in the original pattern. Kirsten inspired me to add one, when I saw her gorgeous silk kerchief.

You'll find the stitch pattern for the border in Nicky Epstein's book "knitting on the edge" page 143. I've worn it like a scarf already, and I love it. If there weren't so many thing's I'd like to knit, I'd knit another one, and maybe more.
Damn right, it smelled like pop corn!

edited later:
PS look here - this photo reminded me of my shawl. :o)

Friday, January 23, 2009

FO's - 4

During the last two month of last year, I had a huge urge to crochet. I was inspired by Chawne and her wonderful colorful work. I liked her "Big Round" blanket and wanted one of my own. It needed to be from stash. I had one blue ball, one pink ball and several balls of gold. I used up all of the blue and pink yarn, and have still some left of the golden color. The royal purple of the main color is the same yarn I used for Hannah's Garter Yoke Cardigan.

Big Round Blanket

pattern: square # 173 of the book "200 crochet blocks" by Jan Eaton, I added a lacy looking edge yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino in royal purple - 9 balls, old gold - 2 balls, blue - 1 ball, pink - 1 ball
hook: 4.5mm
size after washing and blocking: 49" x 59"
start-finish: November 18 - 30

DH Karl enjoyed it during his visit home for Christmas.

After that was done, I thought I had the crochet bug out of my system, but I was wrong. It was stronger than ever. So I looked through the "200 crochet block" book and found this simple, single crochet square, which appealed to me at once.
I choose 4 colores and came up with 4 different ways to crochet the squares.

I just had to decide in what order I wanted to connect them, so I knew how many of each I had to make.

Four Square Blanket

pattern: square # 109, square # 29 for the border, "200 crochet blocks" by Jan Eaton

yarn: Pervian Collecton Highland Wool from elann, 26 balls total

hook: 5mm

size: 49" square

start-finish: December 3 - 31

It took me about 70 hours to finish this blanket. I love it.

Blueberry joghurt handspun yarn

That leaves me only with one more thing, and than I'm all caught up: These pictures have been waiting for quite some time, to get their turn.

This handspun yarn is made with 4oz of Corriedale, and 4oz of Norwegian fiber, which I dyed myself. It's a total of 936yds, 2-ply in very fine fingering weight. I never considered this project to be done, because I wanted to spin a lavender colored fiber to go with it, but never got to it. I still intend to do this, but god knows when.

225g African Fine, dyed with lavender and silver birch color

Thursday, January 22, 2009

FO's - 3

My creation

(photos were taken with -10C, that's the least she could do to model it-right?)

I'm very proud of this cardigan. I saw it on Melissa's blog, long before it was in Knit 1 magazine, and fell in love with it. She made her first version in grey with orange buttons - instant love! As soon as I knew the pattern was in the magazine, I hunted down a copy and crossed my fingers, that my DD Hannah would like it too, so I could knit her one. Sometimes, she's just too good to me, and said YES. When she came home for Christmas we went yarn diving in my stash, and she choose Patons Classic Wool Merino in royal purple. Besides the February Baby sweater, this was the first adult top down sweater I've knit, and it was fun!

She said she would love to wear it at New Years Eve (she didn't in the end, but I finished it in time anyway), so I got to work. The body was knit quite fast. But I think the sleeves were cursed. As soon as I sat down to knit them (on double point needles), somebody, something interrupted, so I had to put it down and get up. Once I was so fed up, I (cursed) put it down, and went to pick up my crochet blanket to work on that instead, and wouldn't you know it, no interruption whatsoever, for as long as I wanted to work on it.

Of course, as you can see, the sleeves got finished eventually. Hannah would have liked them a little longer, but I made it exactly the length given in the pattern.

If I were to do this again, the only thing I would change is the garter stitch border at the bottom edge. It's only 4 ridges and it kept folding up. I had to seriously steam the heck out of it, to ly flat. I did not wet block the whole thing, but steamed everything.

Hannah found the buttons downtown Toronto. I did not like them, when I first saw them, but after they were sewn on, I thought they looked O.K. The other thing is, my tension sucks. Knitting stockinette stitch on a large piece like that, with back and forth rows, my purl rows are always way looser. I was hoping the steam would take care of that, and it did - some.

pattern: Garter Joke Cardigan , Knit 1 Magazine Fall/Winter 2008, by Melissa LaBarre

yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino, royal purple, 4 balls

needles: 4.5mm needles

size: 34"

start-finish: Dec. 21-30

This was a fun and easy in between project. Great for relaxed knitting, because I didn't have to look at any pattern.

pattern: simple K3-P1 ribbing socks, with German heel, and star toes

yarn: Fortissima Socka, color # 1026, 2x 50g, I had this yarn in my stash for a very long time

needles: 2.25mm DP

size: men's 11

for: DH Karl for Christmas

start-finish: Nov. 30-Dec. 02

My creation

My last knit for 2008 was this "Thermis" cowl. Hannah choose the yarn/color/buttons for it, and I enjoyed knitting it immensely. I'll knit one for myself soon.

pattern: download (not free) Thermis by Kristen Patay

yarn: Ultra Alpaca Light, color # 4281, 1.25 skeins

needles: 4mm circs

size: large (because I used DK weight yarn)

start-finish: Dec. 30-31

Well, there's only two more FO's left to show you, and one handspun yarn. After that it will slow down a bit here, since I'll actually have to knit/spin/crochet in real time before I can show you.

Yesterday afternoon, I finally got around to bake these Chocolate wafers. I don't really know the real name of this "cake". My mother in law used to make these, and my son wondered, if I could make it, when we saw the wafers at the store. I wanted to make it for Christmas, but DH Karl brought home 5lbs of Christmas cookies, over 20 different kinds, and we really didn't need any more sweets then. I don't have a recipe, just a memory of it, so they are not quite like Helene's were. I cut the pieces too big too, but they dry out quickly. DH said, it's "soul food" for him, too bad he can't have any of it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

FO's - 2

Yesterday morning, I paused, when I saw this sight, out of my bathroom window. I love to see the sun coming up. See the moon as little fleck there? The day before, I was afraid one of the icicles would land on my head, while I was clearing the balcony of a ton of snow. They dripped ice cold drops on my head instead. Lets just say, you could see me swinging the shovel like in fast forward, snow flying over my shoulder. With the temperatures we are having, I don't have to worry about the icicles anyway. I was pretty grateful to be in a warm house, about to take a shower, when it's -20C outside. It seems this year's motto for me turns out to "be grateful". It's incredible how many things I can think of, to be grateful for.

Like knitting this shawl! I'm so happy that Paivi thought of me, and let me have the pattern for this beautiful shawl. She's the one doing a free Vernal Equinox Surprise Shawl KAL, by the way. Clue 2 is already out. I'm a little behind, just got the yarn yesterday, but I'll catch up today.

Anyway, I loved knitting every stitch of this shawl!
pattern: Terttu shawl II by Lankakomero/Paivi

yarn: Knit Picks Gloss, 70% merino/30% silk, 3.5 skeins ~ 770yds

needles: 3.75mm circulars

size after blocking: 43" x 75"

for: a friend of my moms

One day I'd like to make this shawl again, and I want to have a black shawl for myself. It was hard letting it go.

Bea is another lovely Lady, who gave me her V-striped sock pattern to knit. And how did I repay her for her kindness? I made only one sock! I totally loved her design, it's good looking, but for some reason, the steam was out, and I could not bring myself to knit the second one. Totally only my fault, I like all her designs! I let the one sock sit around, and cry a little for it's brother, but it didn't help. Come January, I decided, either rip it or knit another sock, for gods sake! Well, I knit a sock. I even started out with a stitch pattern after the cuff, but after the third repeat I just wanted the sock to be done! I'm still not feeling the sock knitting love right now, so I don't knit them for a while. (That feeling can change at any moment, I'm like that.)

pattern: V-striped socks (totally lovely, see for yourself) by Bea

yarn: Spritely Goods, limited edition, fey merino, color: pewter (love this color and yarn)

needles: 2mm DP

for: myself

Lets not forget this little swiffer cover. It's not glamorous, but it does it's work very well. I wanted to use up some cotton I have so much of, just the left overs from other projects alone! I thought I'd make several of them, but first wanted to see how it works. I made it way too big, but I thought kitchen cotton always shrinks so much after the first wash, not this one, not enough anyway. I had to rip out 1/4 of the whole thing, but in the end it fit, like a slipper. I might want to make more, it works well, and I don't like using the throw away stuff, which you can buy for this tool.
There are many swiffer cover patterns out there, best look for it on ravelry, or just knit it, like I did.
I amused myself yesterday afternoon, and you surely think I'm weird. But I thought it was hilarious, to eat cherries (in January!), and drink Kukicha tea at the same time. What a combination! I thought it was funny, and daring (and delicious). ;o)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

FO's -1

There's too many FO's to show in one go, so lets get started.
I've never stopped knitting, crocheting, or spinning during my break. In fact I've been quite busy, but it was nice to work on things, and not have to think about getting it done, so I have something to show on the blog. It was kind of relaxing.

For those who are on ravelry, and/or flickr contacts of mine, have probably seen these already.

I made the fingerless mittens as gifts for some of my relatives, they REALLY loved them:
pattern: Rib-and-Cable mittens by Marji La Freniere, IK Spring 2006 magazine
yarn: Debbie Bliss merino dk
needles: 3.25mm
for: my cousin Romy
These mittens are lovely, and easy to make. It's the first and only time I liked a reverse stockinette thumb.
pattern: Princess mittens, by Jennifer Hagan, "The Knitters Book of Yarn" by Clara Parkes
yarn: Debbie Bliss merino dk, color # 225102
needles: 3.5mm, on 5 DP
for: my cousin Daniela
I liked these a lot, and it was hard to give them up.

pattern: Kyla by me; I knit a heart shape instead of the cable on top
yarn: Koigu KPM
needles: 2.5mm, could have used smaller needles, it turned out a bit loose
for: my aunt Rosi
pattern: Bliss Blanket by Melissa Goodale
yarn: Butterfly Super 10 multi color # 2016-Carousel, 5 balls (1100 yds)
needle: 4.00mm
size: to cover the doggy bed
I thought I would go insane knitting this. I like entrelac, but I don't like this cotton yarn, or better, this color. I wanted to get it out of my stash. Did not think it would end up as cover for Sam's pillow in the kitchen, but it did. This is a lovely pattern for a baby blanket, with any other yarn, I would knit it again. I made it a little bigger as the pattern calls for.

I did not nearly spin as much, last year, as I wanted too. I managed to finish this though.

Chocolate & Cherries, superwash merino, Sunshine Yarns, 4oz, 520yds, 2-ply

I've started knitting a scarf with this yarn, but ripped it out again. It didn't look like I imagined it would. Now it's on time out, like all the other handspun yarns, waiting for the perfect pattern.

Stay tuned for FO's 2!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Good things are happening ...

The lovely Irene bestowed this award on me: Thank you!
I'm not sure I deserve it, but I'm very flattered, and grateful. Receiving this award is in sink with my intentions to start this year in a good, positive way, so I'll accept this award thankfully, and will do my best do find others I can award it to.

The Definition seems to be: “for those who bring unique and creative elements to their blogs. For those who incorporate art, music, creative writing, photo’s, and other beautiful visual effects into their website. For those who put a unique spin on things and come up with new ideas. This award is for the artsy, the funky, the inventor, and even the rebel. This award is for those creative individuals who stand out from the crowd.”

The rules are:
1. The winner must copy this Award to their own blog.
2. Link to the blog from whence you received the Award
3. Nominate a minimum of 7 other bloggers
4. Link to the nominated on your blog
5. Leave comment about the award on the nominated blogs.

My nominations are (in no particular order):

1. Fleegle's blog : she makes me laugh, she's got great humour, besides, she's a wonderful knitter, and story teller

2. Victor : he's a great knitter, and I love his photography, as well as his use of the wonderful Wollmeise yarns. :o)

3. Claudia of Mr. Puffy the Dog : I just feel comfortable reading her warm, fun, and interesting blog posts, as well as enjoy her photography, and wonderful knitting projects. She's also making it hard for me to stay on my diet, with her delicious recipes. :o)

4. Lynne : I've come across her blog once upon a time, and can't stop checking back. She's got her very own style, and I love reading it.

5. Marianne : being a photographer, her pictures are always wonderful to look at, but besides that, she's a great knitter, and has become a talented spinner as well. I love to read her family stories. She's contagious with her love for her new husband! :o)

6. Hannah : my friend from Holland. She takes wonderful pictures, and since she's got a new White German Shepherd puppy, I love them even more!

7. Knatolee : She makes me laugh with her stories of her furry friends, as well as the wild ones around her house. She's generally fun to read.

Since the title mentioned good "things" plural, there's one more thing I'm grateful for:

My dear friend Sybille, who vanished without a trace last July, has come back, and I'm so glad she's O.K. and knitting/blogging again!

I wonder when I will be able to show you my FO's of 2008 you haven't seen yet. I guess it will be my next post, but don't hold me to that promise, since I've broken it already! :o)

Now, I'll go and start digging myself out. We've got snow people, lots and lots of snow! Another good thing, since I happen to love snow. I don't have to go anywhere today, so I can take it easy, hopefully not getting a heart attack , while swinging the shovel. I DO have help from my DS David though.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

No doubt who's boss here!

First time outside today, everybody is looking for Sam's red ball: look as the story unfolds. Click for more viewing pleasure, and commentary. ;o)

My creation

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The last of my pictures from my trip

If you wish to see a picture more closely, click on it. Try to view it in its orignal size. There's some info with each of them. Enjoy!

My creation

Friday, January 16, 2009

Trip to Austria - Part 5

I had this post ready as a draft, before I took a break. I was debating with myself, wether to delete it or just show it. I liked the pictures so much, that I thought I'd show it after all.

This was back in October 2008:

Almost there, really! I have so many photos I like, each has it's own charm. I have to decide how to present them, so I thought today's post is dedicated to the animals we encountered. There were not many, but interesting ones. DH and I took turns taking pictures, but the animals were all mine. :o) I would recommend to click for big if possible, I think it's worth it.
This picture is one of my favorites. It's indicative of how the countryside in southern Styria looks like; very hilly with vineyards up and down, houses on top of the hills. It was wonderful standing there, taking it all in. I grew up in the eastern part of Styria, it's similar, but not quite so many vineyards, and maybe slightly less hilly.
I had to zoom in on those critters, because there was an electric fence, I would have jumped another one, but not an electric one. :o)

At least they did not ignore me. Poor buggers are not bred for wool, but for meat.

We were driving along, heads swirling to get it all in, when I saw this herd, yelled sheep, and DH jumped on the breaks. I was out the car so fast, I was glad that I didn't scare them away. They seemed to be equally interested in me, as I was in them. What else is interesting here are the wooden poles in the background. They are used to support hops for beer. Harvest was long over.

On we went, this was on Saturday, when we were driving the "suedsteirische Weinstrasse", meaning "south styrian vine road". It's something to be seen. We did not have great weather, it was overcast all day, just not raining, which was good. I didn't mind though, I still enjoyed it.
So we were driving along, when I glimpsed these brown beauties. I had to get close to get some pictures, but I had healthy respect for those horns. The calf was just too cute!

That's Highland cattle, which supposedly produces leaner meat, and can withstand cold much better. I like the long coat they have, they look so cuddly.
The big bull looked at me, but didn't think I was worth getting up.

And here we have the "Reblaus" = "vine louse" or Phylloxera, which we saw in one of the vineyards.
Well, I'm almost done with the year 2008. January is for clearing up loose ends, is it not?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Where's the book now?

It feels wonderful to be back, especially now, after that warm welcome! You are the best, making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Thank you all so very much!!!

Now, I know why you are really here:
I want to keep this "book-passing-along" simple. Not many strings attached:

Rule 1: When you receive the book, please come back to my blog and add yourself to the world map I've installed, so that those interested, can see where the book is. Please add your Name, location, and your blog address, so we can visit, and for those who want the book, to leave a comment on your blog post.

Rule 2: Read the book, enjoy it, let it inspire you, then do a draw, so you can pass it on. Best to copy the rules to your blog post with a link to my blog. (So others who know nothing about me, know what's going on.)
I'll glue a page into the book with before mentioned rules too. It would be nice, if the book would not lie around for TOO long at any one point.
That's it, very simple.

I liked the ideas, for setting up a blog for it, like so many KAL's do, and also add information about local charities, but I can't commit to maintaining such a blog. Maybe somebody else would love to do that. It was also a nice thought, to send something knit out of the book to the person who sent you the book, but I'd rather people, if so inclined, knit for a local charity instead. And it's simpler that way, with more chances of being passed on successfully.

If there's anything unclear, please let me know.

The random generator spit out Ann as the next person to get the book. Congratulations, Ann! Please e-mail me your snail mail address, and the book will be on its way asap. :o)
My scarf is past halfway point. It's doing strange things with the colores. I hope I'll be done with it at the end of this week.

Next up will be my FO's I made during my break. I'll be posting them in quick succession, but after that will get back to a more leisurely pace.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just a quick post ...

Lankakomero is having a shawl knitalong. I've joined! ( I feel this year, I need to be more sociable and join more activities).
You don't have to sign up or anything. Just go here to get the first clue. It starts today. There's a ravelry group, and you can find more information here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hallo! I'm back!

It's been two month since my last post, and now is as good a time to come out of hibernation as any, and resume blogging. Wonder if there still is somebody left interested in my ramblings? At first, after announcing the break, my head kept going, fabricating blog posts, looking for blog worthy information, only to slowly realize, it doesn't have to. Then it got quite easy, and the thought of never blogging again wasn't as horrible as it seemed at first. I've still been busy, knitting, and crocheting, not much spinning, and I will show you what I've accomplished over the last months.

It's always tempting to make changes, especially after a break, combined with the beginning of a new year (hope it will be a healthy, happy one for all of us), but I find, I'm a girl who needs her routine, and change, while sometimes necessary, is not always digested easily or welcome. So, my blog will stay the same, no new template, or change to a different provider etc. It will continue to be mostly about my knitting, spinning, crocheting, the dogs, sometimes about food, and what not. But before we start off with a parade of FO's, this post will be about an idea I had.

I found this book under the Christmas tree: Knitting for Good! by Betsy Greer. I've seen, and read about it on Li's blog.

I think, some books are not meant to be squeezed into a bookshelf, after we read them, and this is one of them. What I would like to do, and this is meant for people, who have and maintain a blog, is to pick randomly one person from the comments to send this book too, for reading and passing it on, in the same manner. I wonder how far and to what countries this book will go? If you are interested to play this little game, please leave a comment (even if you don't want to play, you can leave a comment ;o) ) We will need to link from where to book has come, and where it will go, so we all can follow it around.

I thought I'll insert a sheet of paper, with name and blog address on it, so people who'll get the book, can add their name and blog address. I'm also knitting Li's scarf for charity, the pattern is in this book, or you can get it from her, by asking for it in a comment.

It's not obligatory to knit something from the book (there are nine patterns in there), but if you want to, it would be nice. I'm knitting this scarf with Cherry Tree Hill Super Glitz. It's merino wool, with a strand of glitter, DK weight, and I'm using 4mm needles. I've cast on 42 stitches, because the yarn is thinner as recommended in the pattern. It will need blocking to open up the ribbing a bit, it's reversible, a fun stitch pattern. You can't really see it from the short piece on the picture, but the pink is doing a zig-zag in an orderly fashion, not just boring pooling, which I really hate. Still it's slow going. I think the herringbone ribbing draws it together, and I think I could have even used 4.5mm, but I'm NOT frogging it for that. Who will this scarf be knit for? I don't know yet. I hope I'll find someone in need of a warm scarf. It sure is cold enough right now around here. I hope I'll be done with it, at the end of the week.

So, I think this was a long enough post for getting back into the groove. I'll be back with FO's pictures. It's good to be back, and I hope I'll hear from you. By the way, if you have suggestions on how to make the "book forwarding" more interesting, or easier to follow, lets hear it too! :o)