Sunday, January 8, 2012

Ladybug Picnic

My first finished object of 2012! WOOT! I started working on this WAY back in July of last summer, a simple project I started for a family picnic. The pattern is a free one on Ravely called Scrunchable Scarf and it's a pretty popular pattern. Wonderful use of a single skein and an easy pattern to memorize.

All that being said it was boring boring boring and I had to force myself to work on it. Which is why it took me about 6 months to finish a simple scarf.


The yarn is by Pagewood Farms and is called Kissi. 210 yards of 100% merino wool - it reminds me a lot of Malabrigo but more expensive. The colors in this and the squish of the yarn were so amazing that I had to have it.


The length after I soaked it in Eucalin (See bottom picture for a look at the dye that came out of this puppy!) was just over Six feet! I was surprised by how long it got. This made blocking a bit interesting. I was worried about laying my blocking blocks on the floor with oodles of pins sticking out. Our cat has never pulled out my pins - but I don't want to tempt her. So I folded the scarf in half and used a rolled towel to pull the scarf taut. I then pinned the towel and it worked just perfect!


The finished scarf is quite pretty and I am very pleased with it! Love the colors in it - I suspect it will "go with" almost anything since there is a ton of colors in there. It's quite soft and squishy still. And the length ended up making it versatile in how I can wrap it around my neck. I am very pleased!
 

And here is the "bath water" to demonstrate how much dye came out of this yarn after a soak. As usual, blocking made a huge difference in this project. I am more and more a fan of blocking even though it delays my gratification.

More specific project notes can be found on my project page on Ravelry.

6 comments:

Inthesky said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

That model is going to go far.... :) x

Knitting Nix said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Beautiful scarf. I have knit this pattern several times because it makes such a great scarf. I love your ingenious blocking methods too :)

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Inthesky She is such a patient model! She lets me put things on her and snap pictures. Only once did she run for it and start chewing on my handknit. We don't do hats anymore! :)

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Knitting Nix It's a very nice pattern and I love the finished product. I am pretty pleased with my blocking method too! It worked wonderfully!

Debbie Minerva said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a great pattern! I've already added it to my projects, although I don't have yarn as nice as yours.

LiteraryLadybug said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Debbie Minerva Hi Debbie! Thanks for stopping in and having a look around. This pattern is wonderful - very simple and the end product is really great. I think it would make any yarn look great!

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