Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Knitting and stitching

I had a real urge to knit last week. All I had in the house was the super chunky wool needed to make a scarf identical to the one I did for 'knit the walls of York' last year. I finished it the following day, and sewed in the loose ends on Saturday:

Last week my mum came to stay for 3 days. We went to the Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute, Hebdon Bridge and Haworth, then just before she left on Thursday morning we went to Texere Yarns. Mmmmmm, wool... I took along my scarf book intending to get some aran, but decided 6 balls at £3.10 a ball was a bit much for a scarf (ahem), I changed tactic, and went for a lovely chenille called 'Merlot' to make another scarf in the same book. It's taken me a while to be able to do that pattern without reading and checking every row, and I taught myself how to use markers (and made them from an old bit of ribbon), but now it's coming along nicely. I still can't keep track of the 22 pattern rows (many of which are the same), and because the chenille is flat and it twists I find counting to rows really tricky, so I have resorted to a tally chart on a post it note! Anyway, here it is:

I think I'm addicted to cables...

I've also been working on Hedgerow Birds. I'm still waiting for the extra skein of Apple Cider, because one of the extras I ordered to bulk up the order is out of stock, so I've left off the birds and date on the first side - so if the skein is a different shade it won't be too noticeable. Other than these bits I've finished the first side and started the back:

Happy Stitching!


Zoe said...

pretty pretty scarves- I can almost feel how soft they are!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous scarves, they look extremely "snuggly", perfect for a cold, windy day

Dani - tkdchick said...

What wonderful scarves!!! I also really like the coulours.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Both scarves are beautiful, but your WIP looks so rich. I love chenille too! It is hard to work with at first (I prefer to crochet it rather than knit it) but nothing beats the texture and the depth of colours it gives :) Happpy knitting to you!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Oops. *Happy*. :)

Rhona said...

The scarves are gorgeous, they are just what we need here in NY as it's sooo cold!
I love the colours on your stitching, hope the new skein is the same colour...keeping my fingers crossed for you that it is!

Giovanna said...

The birds are coming along really nicely! Love your scarves too.

Karoline said...

Lovely scarves, just what we need at the moment

Karin said...

I love the colour of the scarf - so rich and warm for the cold winter!

Karin said...

Hi Jo,

One more thing:

Since there were 4 lovely ladies who entered my blog giveaway, I thought I'd make up 4 packages and send one to everyone. Let me know your preference(s) from the 4 colour schemes on my blog (, and your address (of course!) and I'll send the package out to you.

I can be reached at caycay at shaw dot ca


Heidi said...

Love your scarves! I am addicted to scarfs. My mother teases me that I am the only person that is done in no time and then takes forever to decide which scarf to put Since I started crocheting, I now have an addiction to buying yarn too. Oh the joys you have having been able to knit all these years. :-)

Stitching is coming along great.

I am jealous that you went to Haworth! It is my most favorite place. I tell DH and mother that I want to be buried at the Haworth Parsonage. Think they would let Just talking about Haworth to you makes me want to get on a ferry and go. *sigh*

Hugs from Holland ~

P.S. - I too am glad I picked my lace back up again. I am enjoying doing it again.

Sara said...

You've been busy, love your scarves!