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!

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7 Comments:

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 again....how 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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