Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Third attempt..and this one better stick!

Remember this? This is how far I got before I decided to frog it. It was looking way too much like tie dye and all the red was bugging the crap out of me. My second attempt involved farmhouse from this first attempt and a skein of golden olive from knitting notions. Ehh...not so much. I really wanted to use the golden olive for a pair of socks but was willing to sacrifice the skein if it was going to work. Fortunately, to my advantage, it didn't. My third (and hopefully final attempt!) consists of a tvyarn from white oak studio in the Anne of Green Gables colorway and some hand-dyed gifted to me from a stitchmarker exchange pal that comes from Raven Frog Fiber Arts (in Alaska). The yarn is called Elegante and the colorway is Kelp Bed. Here's what I've got so far:Now this color combo I absolutely love. It was hard finally finding a combo (in my stash!) that would work but I did it and it was worth it.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Matching Hat?

I'm thinking that I would love to have a hat to match my chevron scarf, however I have no idea how to design one. I think it would be possible to knit this pattern in the round, but the decreasing to get to the top of the head would totally baffle me. Has anyone done this?


Saturday, July 28, 2007

Knitting Mama's Chevron Update

I've been working today on my Chevron Scarf. I've completed 33 pattern repeats. I've got about 19 inches knit so far, and only about 10g per color used up. I've calculated this out. The pattern says it's approx. a 77 and a half inch scarf. 19 inches gets me 10 grams used. The skeins are 150 gram (mediumweight). So I figured it out, and I need approx about 40 grams each per color more. If I make the size that is in the pattern. Which means I should have about or around 100 grams left of each color when the scarf is done. I'm thinking there may be enough for a pair of socks with the Rhodonite (since no one was able to locate me a skein, and I refuse to pay 22$US to ship 1 x 19$ skein to Canada). I may have to do the heel in another colorway (which is fine by me), but I think I have enough for socks!!! This makes me happy. I think I may even try them toe up! (This way I'm guaranteed to know how long I can make the leg part). Anyhow, we'll see how much the Chevron Scarf uses. I might just have enough leftovers! Because I'm in love with the Rhodonite colorway!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

I absolutely love this yarn!

Well, the yarn I ordered to knit the chevron scarf arrived today from Loopy Ewe. I chose Fiesta Boomerang sock yarn in Cosmopolitan (the reds and oranges) and Taos (the blues and browns). This yarn is super soft, and the colors are breathtaking. They are a joy to knit with. I started my scarf tonight at my local knitting group. Here is my progress thus far.

I am so happy that I joined this KAL. It has forced me to start this project...finally!


I finally wrapped my yarn into balls and cast on. I'm using Lorna Laces Sheppard Sock and as much as I love this yarn... BOTH... BOTH skeins had not only a knot in them, but a fray.... Is that normal with Lorna's???

Anyways, staying positive, so here is a picture to share! :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Finally I have started....

Finally I have started on my Chevron Scarf. I needed to finish some other works first, but now I'm done. I knit this scarf in a yarn called OnLine - it is a sockyarn - a mix of wool and cotton. It is very soft and I love it. Not much to see yet, but I will post a photo when my work is a bit longer.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Hello I'm Trish from randomthreads and I started on my Chevron scarf last night. I'm using two colors of Medium-weight Socks That Rock in Algae (the lighter color) and Rare Gems (the darker color)...aren't the colors yummy together? This is the first time I have knit with medium-weight STR, and it is wonderful--a tight twist makes for a smooth finish on the yarn. The pattern is easy to memorize and I'm already planning what other color combinations I should knit next!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Hi I am Hobbygåsa

a Norwegian girl, and for the first time I have joined a foreign KAL. My english is not fluid, so please overlook my spelling and grammar mistakes (I think there will be a lot of them). I plan to knit my Chevron scarf of On Line yarn (cotton/wool) on needle no.3, and I look forward to start. I will come back with photo later.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

I'm Crying Uncle

Okay, I wound up the skein of yarn I'm going to use. I'm only doing one colorway rather than switch between two. I'm using Sunset Yarns (now known as Cherry Blossom Fibers) in the colorway Lush, I received it from my SP9 pal. It's a hand-dyed superwash merino wool - this is so pretty. Tomorrow? I start it so can see how it looks. Then back to my other stuff (riiiiigggghhhhttt...).

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Now, Now, NOW!

I want so badly to get started on my scarf but I have a couple of other things that I need to complete first. For whatever reason they are just taking sooooo long. Maybe that's just my perception because I have major startitis and want to get going on this NOW. There are some very pretty yarns being used out here, that's going to be a challenge for me as I do have a quite a few to choose from (bummer, eh?) but I think I'm up for the challenge!

Maybe I'll just sneak a row or two just to get it started...hmmm.

I'm In...

I got the goods (the yarn) and the pattern... now I just have to wind the yarn into balls - the good old fashion ways with my hands... ugh (hence procrastination is kicking in). But I love these scarves, I'm so excited!

Here is the yarn I purchased
Lorna Laces Shepard Sock in the following colors
Iris Garden
Mt Creek

So of the 4 I'll match two and two together to make TWO Chevron Scarves!

Pictures to come once I've cast on!


Saturday, July 14, 2007

I'm Done!!

With scarf #1 that is!! I have two other color combos picked out for MORE!! A very easy and addictive pattern. I did make mine a bit shorter though, but I still am very pleased with the results!!
Yarn: STR Medium Weight in Chapman Springs and Fairgrounds
Needles: #6 Addi Turbos Circulars
Finished length after blocking: 68 inches

I can't wait to cast on my next one!!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Knitting Mama Progress Report !

My Chevron Scarf has progress! I am LOVING the colors together. That's Blue Moon Fiber Art's Socks that Rock in Rhondonite & Black Onyx in Mediumweight. I'm not liking the bamboo needles I'm using in 4mm. (Us6) I'm thinking about switching to aluminum plastic (my sparkly ones!) . (Just checked my stash, I don't have aluminum in US6 - I have every other size imaginable, just no US6. I'll have to get a pair the next time I'm out somewhere that sells. Anyhow, the bamboo's are making this a rough knit. The yarn is not liking the bamboo! (Good to know for sock knitting with STR!)

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Jasmine Chevron Scarf

This is the Chevron Scarf made of Harrisville Designs Jasmine yarn. Colors are Angles Trumpet and Curry Leaf. This is a plied yarn, one is a solid wool and the other is a variegated rayon chenille. I adjusted the pattern to be three/six stitch repeat instead of four/eight repeat since it is about four stitches to the inch on US 7's. Finial measurement is 72" x6". I am really happy with the way the colors worked and am very disappointed that this yarn seems to be discontinued.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Finished My Jasmine Chevron

I finished my Chevron using Jasmine Yarn today. I will get pictures up as soon as it is done drying/blocking.

Just starting

After a visit to Purl this weekend and many views of what folks are doing with the Chevron scarf and color combinations, I took the plunge and bought some Koigu and Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Below are the two color combinations that I am working with and the beginning of the scarf. I am anxious to see how it all works out, and think that I may be planning a few of these for holiday gifts this year. The two Koigu colors that I chose are #P107 on the left and on the right is #P524d.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Progress Report

So here is how my scarf is looking so far:

I'm using Highway 30 and Lunasea, at first I didn't like how they looked but now I think it's grown on me because I really like how it looks. Also I'm wondering if anyone else's is sort of scrunched together where the 1st and last k8 f&b are? I'm hoping that a good block job will fix it. Hopefully I'm not knitting too tight.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Slowly but surely

My scarf is progressing!
I finally got my yarn in the mail on Friday and I was pleased with the colors of the yarn separately but not sure how they would work together:

This is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock - the skein on the left is Georgetown and the one on the right is Lake View.
Fortunately they seem to get along alright as I knit them up together.
Here is a current progress shot:

It's slow going but mostly because I stop every four rows to admire my progress and look at the flow of the colors as they shift and change.
Perhaps I should follow the axiom (if there is one): Less lookie, more knitty.

Look how much you've grown!

Usually little kids hear that from their not so favorite aunt, that wants to squeeze the heck out of them, but it's also true for this scarf. It's grown to a size of 33 inches in about a week.

Wow, like a weed. Well, I have to admit I have the advantage to all the other knitters in this KAL that I, the oddball, am not using sock yarn but some other mystery yarn I found in my stash and with those 5.5 mm needles it's really not a big deal to be zooming along. I have no idea how much yardage I get from these two balls of yarn, but I guess I'll figure that out at some point in time. Until then I'll be knitting and purling and watching this baby grow.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

New Chevron, 1 Color The Same!

So, I spent a day or so thinking about my Chevron scarf, and what I wanted to do about it. I decided to pull out a skein of BMFA's Rhondonite, in medium weight, and see how it would look in my chevron scarf with the Black Onyx.

I couldn't believe that there was a knot in this skein too! It's the 2nd skein from this same order, with a knot to tie the yarn together. Total disappointment. What's my luck?

And.... I present to you know, Rhondonite & Black Onyx together. I think they go so well together. Finally - I'm happy about this project. I'm loving the pink mixes in Rhondonite.

The knot in the skein, turned out that it was at the beginning of the cake I wound. Grrr. Not the end of the world, I'll weave it in, but that sucks. Wasn't expecting that to show up. And on top of it, I tried to knit straight with it in there, but it undid as I started knitting .... so I had to take out a few stitches to leave enough to weave in the ends. Grrr!

The dullness of the greys work so well with pinks! Why didn't I think of this in the first place??

Oh, and I'm using 4mm (US6) needles, not 3.75mm (US5) like the pattern calls for. I knit tight.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Today, I cast on!

I'm using Socks That Rock Medium Weight in the Lucy and Little Bunny Foo Foo colorways.
Honestly, I don't notice much difference in the two colorways except that Lucy has blue in it and Little Bunny Foo Foo has pink in it. However, that said, I'm loving the way that this is knitting up.
Progress will go here, my blog and on Ravelry (user name: theknittingpatch)
Happy Knitting Everyone!

I'm Liking It

Here is my chevron scarf that I just started. I really like the way the two colors are working together. The colors are footzey-foo and puck's mischief. I love Socks that Rock - I've only knit one other thing with this yarn, socks of course, but I think the yarn is wonderful.


Thursday, July 5, 2007

Not Liking It At All.... Ugh!

A box arrived this morning from Blue Moon. I had ordered about a month ago some yarn in mediumweight for the Chevron Scarf. I was not pleased to have to pay duty on this order. Whenever I receive my sock club kit, the value is always low, and I never have to pay duty. I could swear, that the last time I ordered STR from there, I didn't have to pay duty on the 6 skeins I ordered. This time, another story. 24$ and change in duty taxes.

I was also not pleased to see this knot in my yarn when I wound it into a cake. Luckily, it's at the end of the skein, when wound, so maybe I won't get to it.

Last night at the knitting meetup, I cast on and worked on my Chevron Scarf. However, I'm not liking this color combination. I think I had something else pictured in my mind, and well, I do not like this at all. It'll be getting frogged, and I'm not sure what I'm going to try out instead. I do have other color combinations to try, so we'll see. I'll let you know what I come up with.

I'm just not really impressed with the black onyx with this. The fire on the mountain is fun and vibrant, and I thought the "black" onyx would make it jump, but the black onyx is just really dull grey tones, and I don't like it. Looks like my husband may be getting a pair of grey socks.

Some people on my blog suggested that I maybe start with the other colorway and reverse how I started it, but I do not think that will make a difference at all, unfortunately. It doesnt matter which order I do the yarn in... it still gives two rows each of the color, and they just do not go together, in my opinion!

.... they looked better on the computer monitor together when I ordered them!

Take two

Hmmm, take two as in two yarns or the second try. Well, it's both. After my first attempt of this scarf didn't even make it close to the camera I took another look at my stash, from a totally different angle and guess what, I found something.

At first I didn't really know how it would work out, but why not give it a try. Since the sock yarn wasn't soft enough to go around mine or anybody else's neck I wanted to be on the sure side and this is what I found in my stash. Don't ask me what it is. The greenish one is totally fuzzy, the blue is something with acrylic, wool and viscose. That's all I can tell you.

I'm knitting it on 5.5 mm needles and it's getting really light and airy. I love it. I especially like the way the color changes on the fuzzy yarn. I was planning on knitting this as an early Christmas present for I don't know yet who, but I might just keep it for myself. Sorry, but it's growing on me. It's just funny what unexpected potential sleeps in your stash, even if that makes me the odd ball that is totally going against the grain. I was even thinking of using fun fur, but I didn't want to shock everybody too much at one time.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

The Post Man Always Rings Twice

Guess what??

My STR order arrived today... and tonight, at my SNB, I'm casting on my Chevron scarf in Mediumweight Fire on the Mountain with Black Onyx!

Check in later!


I have to re-start mine too, I think using sock yarn was my problem, I was having issues doing the kfb, I'm thinking of using more of a sport-weight and I have Lorna's Sheppard Sport in Purple Iris or Socks that Rock Mediumweight in Rolling Stone already in my stash, I might use one of these and just make it using 1 kind of yarn instead of 2

Monday, July 2, 2007


I have made a KAL button....

I stole Bubblesknits' picture - because I am IN LOVE with the colors of her scarf. (Hope it's okay!)

I made a photobucket account to where you can use (for this KAL). So you don't have to save it to your own account, or anything.

Here is how to post it on your sidebar:

[ a href="http://chevronscarf.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"] [img src="http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x287/chevronkal/kalbutton.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting" ] [/a]

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Hate to be a poser

I really hate to be a poser on this blog, but I swear, I was working on my chevron scarf yesterday and I did like the knitting and the colors, but the only thing I didn't like was the yarn. It was sock yarn and definitely not soft enough for even my worst enemies neck. I should have taken a picture of it, but out of frustration I ripped it out faster than you can yell "Gimme the camera". So, sorry, I have nothing to show for. But I know there is something in my stash just waiting for me to find it to knit it into this great scarf. It's just a matter of running into it.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Here's my swatch

This has been an interesting knit but very frustrating. I have dropped more stitches on this than I have in months! My tension is wonky and I am not happy with my work but hopefully a little blocking will help that!