Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finally Finished: Stockholm Scarf

After 3+ years of languishing in my Ravelry queue, my Stockholm Scarf is finally done! 

Isn't this the most gorgeous shade of purple? I used Cascade 220 Heathers in the "2421" colorway. I think I'm really going to enjoy wearing it this winter...actually I'm wearing it right now. We haven't turned on the heat in our house yet and it's a bit nippy in here right now. I put it on for our little photoshoot and haven't had the desire to take it off yet! 

I love the color - very subtle variations within the yarn. Enough that it adds interest but doesn't take away from the gorgeous stitch pattern. The pattern is designed by Julie Crawford of the Knitted Bliss blog. Her original version was knit flat and then seamed together. I followed modifications made to the pattern in order to knit it in the round. I'm always a fan of projects that are done the minute you bind off! 

This is actually a rather large cowl - I'm wearing it wrapped around my neck twice. It had such a nice, squishy feel to it. I'm thinking that it will continue to get softer over time. 

I also finished another project but it's a stealthy knit (Christmas present) so I'll just give you a little peek. 

Cute, right?! These critters are always such fun to knit but I get the most joy out of watching our little people open them at Christmas time. I always have such a tough time waiting until December! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Behind the Scenes

Fall is just speeding by. I can't believe that we're into the first week of October already! I feel like I just wrote about my knit-worthy husband's birthday and turned around to find that a month had passed. 

But then I happen upon a tree like this, and autumn seems to be everywhere. My walks home are now filled with the wonderful sound of leaves crunching under my feet and I've been having a great time watching the squirrels run around with their acorns.

I saw these purple berries on my walk through campus to work this morning. I have no idea what plant it is - the amazing color just caught my eye!

There has been a lot of knitting going on here - just not much I can share publicly right now. Stealthy Christmas knitting is in full swing, which makes posting any interesting knitting pictures a bit tricky. However, I did manage to sneak in a little charity knitting. These mittens were knit last weekend. (Thank goodness for worsted-weight yarn! It's amazing how much you can get done.)

I recently became a member of the Centre County Knitters Guild. One of their goals is to do knitting for the community, so they knit hats, mittens/gloves and scarves and then donate them to local organizations. These organizations then distribute the knitted items to those who need them. I decided to do some stash-busting and used some yarn that I've had languishing in a box. The local organizations require the knitted items to be machine-washable, so this was the perfect time to use some of my acrylic blends. 

I got inspired and knit a hat to make a set. 

As you can see, my model was thrilled! 

Actually, he's just quite silly - and a sweetheart for modeling winter things that he doesn't even get to keep! :) 

Mitten information:
Pattern: Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids (exact colors unknown - the ball bands disappeared long ago)

Hat information:
Pattern: Quick-Knit Hat by Cynthia Spencer
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids