Oh, boy, here we are. It's December 1st. T-minus 24 days! Good thing that there's one more holiday knit in the "done" pile. Here's Backyard Leaves laid out after its soak in the sink:
I love how Cascade 220 blocks. It's wool putty in my hands.
I'm very pleased with this scarf, and the pattern was a lot of fun to follow. I thought that the chart's complexity might make knitting on the go difficult, but that wasn't the case at all. If something went wrong, it was visible immediately, and I could tink back to fix it.
Pattern: Backyard Leaves by Annie Modesitt in Scarf Style
Yarn: Cascade 220, 2 skeins
Should you knit this: Yes!!
Thank you for mentioning that the seam in the middle of the scarf is barely noticeable. I guess that you're right. I think that I did an okay job matching leaf to leaf, but the feel of the knitted fabric changes at that point. Maybe I should focus less on the feel and more on the look.
Next up, Midwest Moonlight!
At first, I was puzzled as to why Annie Modesitt has us knitting the Backyard Leaves Scarf in two parts and then seaming it together. As many of you pointed out, knitting it in two parts ensures that the leaves will be facing the same direction (down) as the scarf hangs on both sides of the wearer's neck.
Then I was a little bit puzzled as to why Annie did not simply instruct us to knit the scarf in one piece and to turn the chart half way through. That answer is simple, too. The leaves, of course, would never look the same if one half was knit upside down from the other half. And, I'm not sure if knitting the leaves from the top down would not be impossible.
I wonder if part of the seam's function is to keep the width of the scarf as it rounds the neck. My seam is not the prettiest part of this scarf. Still, it's not awful, and since it's at the back of the neck, no one will really notice.
I can almost consider another knitted gift finished.
I like the ends of this scarf. Instead of ending the scarf with a simple straight or angled edge, Annie Modesitt shaped the ends as two leaves. It's a very nice detail, one that shows that this is the work of a thoughtful and professional designer.
Maybe the reason that I'm so taken by this pattern is that I missed out on the foliage this year. We went from green leaves to wet snow, and skipped that whole blazing-red-and-orange thing known as fall around here.
Not that I'm useing blazing red and orange yarn for the Backyard Leaves scarf:
This is part two, just slightly more than half-way done. I don't have the chart memorized, but by now I have a good idea of where the decreases should be, and when I should knit or purl. Those crazy knit-and-purl increases are still not intuitive, so I still need to take the chart with me when I knit.
Give me lots of daytime knitting, and I'll give you lots of scarf progress:
Backyard Leaves stretching as far as the eye can see. The first half is complete, and I have already begin the second. The pattern calls for 11 repeats, but I did one more to get some extra length. I eyeballed the yarn, and while I was certain that I had enough for 12 repeats, 13 might have been cutting it too close--especially when I thought about the 20 or so rows after the last pattern repeat. But, when all was said and done, I probably could have squeezed out another.
This project marks the first time that I'm knitting a gift for someone without the recipient's knowledge. Much thought has gone into color and pattern selections, but still, it's against my usual policy to stick someone with a knitted object which she might not want or need.
In addition, this project is the second of three gift knits for which I've joined the Who Wouldn't Love a Handknitted Gift knit along. A couple weeks ago, I was reflecting that I had not joined a knit along in AGES, and then Alison comes up with the perfect one. Maybe I should hop over to that blog and post something....
Today also marks my return to the normal routine, and that means Knitsmiths later on today. More knitting! I can't wait.