The scarf is finished!
- Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Lace in Emerald Blue (137)
- Needles: Size 4 Circular Needles
- Pattern: Easy Flame Lace Scarf by Wendy Bernard (it’s free!)
I started this project in October, thinking it would be a quick and easy introduction to lace knitting. I thought I would have it finished in plenty of time to give to my mother for Christmas. Well, it was an easy pattern, and a fabulous introduction to a simple lace, but it took me a lot longer to finish than anticipated. It felt like it would never end: 470 yards of lace yarn…ahhhh….
The perfect opportunity to buckle down and knit until it was finished came last week in Newport, RI. My mom and I drove over for some coastal R&R, staying at the historic Francis Malbone House. It was during their afternoon tea service, in front of a roaring Colonial fireplace, that I was able to muster up the energy to finish. The two lemon squares I devoured may have helped things along a bit too. FYI, this is a great time of year to try out some of Newport’s high end B&B’s at a deep discount; we got our room with a harbor view for about 2/3 off the usual price!
Back to the scarf:
As soon as I bound off, I tossed it to my mom in the wingback next to me. She received the scarf graciously and encouraged me NOT to throw the leftover yarn into the fireplace. I left it on the mantle, instead. In any case, my mom has been very good about making a big deal out of my knitting, and especially this project. I am happy to have completed it for her, and hope she will enjoy it for a long time to come.
Before blocking, the scarf measured 68 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide. I used a spray bottle full of warm water to wet the scarf, avoiding the potential stretching that fully submerging it in water might create. I then used my yoga mat to pin my work down, stretching it to about 6 1/4 inches wide and 71 inches long. This material seems to work perfectly for blocking; it holds onto the pins, and seals itself up once they are removed. It also allows for the fabric to dry faster since it is non-absorbent.
Spike was not impressed, as usual.