Giveaway – Last Chance

There is still a day left to enter the lace scarf giveaway.  Enter here by midnight (US central) 7/31/2012.  International entries are welcome!

Giveaway Reminder & Doll Cape WIP

Just a quick reminder about the lace scarf giveaway.  We’re at the half way mark and already have enough entries to meet the requirements.  Thanks for everyone who spread the word!  You can still enter here until July 31st.

I was finally able to start my first doll clothes.  I started with the cape I found on Ravelry.  In my head I keep expecting Barbie size clothes even though I can clearly see the 18″ doll in front of me.  I’m glad to see it’s fitting.  I really like this pattern so far.

First Giveaway – Travelling Roses Scarf – CLOSED

As promised here is my very first giveaway on the blog.  I will be selecting a random winner for this scarf.

The rules are as follows:

1. The giveaway will run 7/18/2012 Noon through 7/31/2012 Midnight (US Central time)

2. To enter leave a comment with your favorite color on this post. Comments on any other post will be ignored.

3. At least 25 unique entries are required for the giveaway. Otherwise it will be canceled or rescheduled.

4. The winner will be e-mailed and given 72 hours to reply with a mailing address.  After that a second winner will be chosen.

Please make sure to enter and tell your friends if you are interested in this scarf.  International entries are welcome. Good luck everyone!

June Plans and WIP

I have two projects I’m working on this month.  A lace scarf called Travelling Roses Scarf and another pair of knee high socks.  I just started the socks today but I’m about a third done with the scarf.

This should be the last pair of knee high socks before I finally post my pattern.  This is my test pair now that the pattern is completely written up.  I’ve had this yarn for a long time so I’m happy to be getting around to using it.

I picked the lace scarf because it’s pretty and not a pattern repeat that I can easily memorize.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it when it’s done.  I don’t wear red so I won’t keep it for myself.  Maybe I’ll do a giveaway on the blog or I might keep it for a Christmas present for someone.  I guess I’ll see how it turns out and if anyone has any interest in it.

I’m liking the pattern quite a bit, it’s easier to see in the closeup, but it’s a big pain and very obvious when your count gets off.  I’ve had to very carefully tink my rows a few times.

I can’t wait to see this blocked.









Peacock Feather Scarf

Yarn: Knit Picks Shimmer Hand Dyed Lace Yarn – Bayou (42/50g)
Yarn Weight: Lace
Needles: Size 2 circular
Measurements: 5.5″ wide and 40″ long unblocked
7.5″ wide and 60″ long blocked
Pattern Location: Ravelry Ruby Lace Scarf (pattern is no longer available – email me for scanned copy)
Time Spent: 30 hours
Dates: 3/22/2012 – 4/29/2012

I fell in love with this yarn and I love this scarf even more.  I’m calling it the peacock feather scarf because as I was knitting it really did look like peacock feathers.

The pattern was simple and easy to follow.  I did convert it into a charted pattern to make it easier for me to read.  There were no tricky parts for me other than to make sure I kept the stitch count consistent and didn’t forget any yarn overs or decreases on each row.  Every row has the YO and decreases so it’s important to keep checking your stitch count.

One change I did make to the pattern was to use a much smaller needle than called for. She originally had 6 repeats per row measuring at 14 inches.  I didn’t want a scarf nearly that wide but I wanted to keep the same number of repeats so I went down to a size 2 needle.  I kept the 62 stitch cast on (for 6 repeats) and I knit 450 rows (25 repeats of 18 row pattern).