Friday, October 3, 2008

A Rare Sighting

After publishing that last post, I caught sight of something in the library . . .



Hold on a second, I thought. What could that be? Knitting? Actual blog fodder???

Upon closer inspection, it appeared to be a wad of lace. Would you like to see?



Well, like it or not, you get to. ;o) Dear blog reader, may I introduce you to the Old Shale Scarf?



(She's charmed.)

I'm not sure if I was influenced subconsciously by all of the Clap knitting that has been going on, but I cast on for this about a month ago. I wanted to knit up this gorgeous wool/silk blend from Sheep Shop yarns, and I wanted something for me to ward off the coming chilly, wet winter. (But please remember--I'm thrilled down to the bottom of my little knitter's heart that it's not a freezing, snowy one!)

I've been wanting to knit something in Old Shale for a while . . . my grandmother, who passed away just over two years ago, knit a baby blanket for me in a garter variation of Old Shale. (Knit every row instead of making row four purl.) My daughters now love that blanket, and I wanted to make something for me to carry around, too. ;o) I miss my grandmother, and I find myself wanting to have things around me that remind me of her.



I'm just over halfway through . . . unless it turns out that I'm really just over a third through. I may made it a little too wide to get enough length out of the two skeins of Sheep Shop Three I bought at Apple Yarns in Bellingham, so I've got to decide if I:

1. Rip the entire thing out and start again with 1/3 fewer stitches (more thrifty, but waaaaaay more work, and not as smooshy and luxuriant a scarf at the end), or

2. Call Andrea and have her send me another skein from the same dyelot, if she has any more. (I surely hope she does, because otherwise I'm a stuck knitter, aren't I?)

And I want you to know I'm totally open to suggestions. Please do fire away . . .

8 comments:

ccr in MA said...

No suggestions, I'm afraid, but just wanted to say how beautiful it is! Best of luck deciding.

TopHat said...

No suggestions. But I do want to say you look like you're at the point where you don't feel like you're making any progress and then suddenly you'll look down and notice that you should have started binding off 6 inches ago.

Shan said...

Pretty. I'd rip and start over...I've learned that wide scarves are not actually too useful...but that's my personal opinion.

Lucy said...

It's gorgeous. I just had to rip out 6 inches of old shale in a beautiful mixed-greens hank of sea silk: I only had one skein and I was going to end up with a scarf that would barely go round my neck. I didn't want a really skinny scarf, so it's waiting for a new idea. What I'd do is weigh the bit you've done (either zero your scale with the other needle on it, or put the stitches on yarn); then weigh the yarn you have left. Then you can see if that's enough, and find out if that extra ball exists before deciding.... old shale does seem to eat up a lot of yarn, but it's so pretty and cosy!

(ps... sorry about the beads thing... I may have had a lost-crochet-hook moment!)

Thimbleanna said...

Ooooh, it's beautiful! I'm voting for option #2. ;-)

Rebecca said...

I really can't make a suggestion on this one as I'm not even sure what tools are used to knit (two straight stick thingies I think). It is beautiful and if I was the creator, I would just frame it and hang it on a wall, maybe with an open frame so people could touch it. Impressed with your talent.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is really gorgeous! I would grab another skein and keep on trucking! The fall colors are just so pretty...

Suzie Sews said...

no suggestions...but wanted to add its lovely