Wednesday, September 21, 2005

For Anna

Well lookie here, what's that? Oh a finished Backyard Leaves Scarf for Anna!
Backyard Leaves -SYNO
Pattern: Backyard Leaves (Scarf Style)
Materials: 3.25 balls of Knitpicks Merino Style (DK weight) in Petal (123 yds/ 50gms), Sz 5 needles
Notes: I've always wondered about Knitpicks' 100% merino yarn and lucky for me, Anna happened to choose this yarn for her SYNO scarf. This yarn is soft, albeit a bit halo-ish when knit up, but is delightful to work with. The original pattern used a worsted weight yarn and Sz 7 needles, and since my original attempts with sz 6 seemed a bit holey, I dropped down to sz 5's. The resulting scarf is drapey and soft, and I hope Anna likes it. It's my first attempt at knitting for another fellow knitter, so I hope the results are up to par.
The book does not tell you how to graft the two halves together other than telling you to match the leaf veins -- which I found impossible to do. The 10 CO sts in the beginning were done provisionally, so in the end I just put those 10 sts back on the needle and picked up the 5 additional sts from the 3rd row and kitchener stitched it. Since I have no shame, here's the grafted portion. Before blocking, the scarf looked very 3D. I kinda liked it the way it was, but that would be a pain to wear. So in the end, it became the 2D version after blocking.
Anna, I hope you like it. If not, let me know what I could have done better to improve it so my next participation in swapping knitted items with other knitters will be better!



Anonymous Purly Whites said...

You did an amazing job! It looks gorgeous and I bet Anna will love it.

3:14 PM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

It looks pretty fabulous from here! I love the leaf motif and the color she chose will be very pretty this fall. Yay!

4:30 PM  
Blogger Meg said...

That was quick! Looks great and your method for joining the two halves sounds very professional. I also liked the 3D version but thought the 2D would be much more wearable. It was sad to see al the leaves flattening out when I blocked my backyard leaves.

12:01 AM  
Blogger jacqueline said...

i've said it once and i'll say it quick do you knit girlfriend! man was that quick! it looks fantastic.

4:46 AM  
Blogger keohinani said...

the scarf is freaking awesome! i suppose if it is your first swap, it wouldn't hurt to get some feedback. but i always think that a handmade gift should never be criticised--no matter how wonky it turns out--because the time, effort, and warm-and-fuzzy thoughts that went into making it are priceless. :)

11:39 AM  
Blogger Anna said...

Winnie, how do you do it? You finished this in 2 seconds--amazing! I love it, can't wait to wear it.

You did such a wonderful job, it's beautiful, more beautiful than I ever imagined. I hope you liked working with Knitpicks, it sure agrees with you!

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Becky said...

That scarf is amazing looking! And I would never have thought to try it in pink. Love love love it! You did a magnificient job.

9:27 AM  

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