Sister Scarf

Cascade Tuscany Grande super bulky in Celedon and Sunrise.

This is some interesting yarn that I picked up with no idea what I would ever knit with it. While my sister was visiting in March, I blodly told her she could look through my stash, pick a yarn, and I would knit her something with it. She chose this. I fiddled around with a couple different things before deciding a simple garter stitch scarf on size 10 needles would be the best way to highlight the varigations of color and texture.

The scarf started out with purple as the main color. Every 10 rows I threw in a couple of green stripes for added interest. Then, when the scarf got to looking about halfway finished, I transitioned through some more stripes to make green the main color.

This has been a great improvisational project to work on in between more complicated patterns. The colors are fresh and cheerful, the knitting easy to work while watching bad television. But it had been languishing in my knitting basket playing second fiddle to the lace and sock projects. Well no more! It is finished, dear sister, all except for weaving in the loose yarn ends, and will be on it’s way to you soon!

Knitting Probation stats:

  • 5 projects down, 3 to go
  • 12 days until I can buy yarn or cast on a new project!

In other news, I ordered the new Yarn Harlot’s book, Things I Learned From Knitting…whether I wanted to or not from Amazon this week. I think it was listed for $8.75 or so, plus $3.99 for basic shipping. I was anxious to get my hands on the book, but didn’t want to pay extra for expedited shipping. So, I clicked, paid, and resigned myself to the 7-10 day wait.

Then, 2 days later, a little surprise was waiting in my mail box! I love it when patience it rewarded quickly.

The Whole Truth

You didn’t think I was able to leave a recent 42% off sale with just a couple of skeins of Noro, did you? The truth is, I increased my stash by a third that week, between Becca’s generous stash-busting and the Yarn Garden’s Superbowl sale. So here they are, my new wooly friends and sources of inspiration:

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Yarn: Jojoland Melody Superwash, color MS16, 2 balls (To be socks for my sweetie)

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Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Solids, Natural, 1 skein (lacy footwear for me, perhaps?)
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Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Sunrise, 2 balls

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Yarn: Cascade Tuscany Grande, Celedon, 2 balls

Sidenote: I got a message on Ravelry asking if they could feature this photo on this yarn’s page!

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Yarn: Cascade Lana D’Oro, black, 2 skeins

Okay, that’s the full truth, I promise! I have gone from a meager little stash that fit in a single layer in one box to something that resembles a corner in the messiest yarn shop you’ve ever been to. It’s a little out of hand, and I need to find a way to tame the beast before it crawls out of the over-stuffed box and smothers me in my sleep.

In the meantime, I have a lot of knitting to do! I have been resisting the urge to cast on every one of the above yarns because I need to tie up some UFOs before heading out on the Stitch ‘n Beach cruise on the 27th. I’m signed up to take 6 classes, and they each come with a project! So I don’t plan on taking anything more than a stockinette sock with me to knit on the train to New York.