Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Stash

"The times they are a-changin'..."

The change to Daylight Saving Time happens tonight - or tomorrow morning when I change all the clocks.  Have to say that springing ahead is easier for the clocks than it is for me.  I hate DST with a passion.  Don't understand the need for it.  The traditional reasons all seem to have flown out the sunny window since it starts so early and ends so late.  Why not just have regular time all year?  Whose farm is benefiting from this?

As a sign of spring, I much prefer this little hit of color which has appeared in our garden.

 Enough kvetching.  I know that you're all here to see the roll call of knitting for the week.  Well, it wasn't a lot.  There seemed to be a lot of other things to drag me away from knitting the past few days.  And, it's probably OK that I don't spend every minute on it, right?   So, first up is the  baby blanket that I finished.  The tag is on and it's on its way to the sales shelf.   I really like this pattern and would like to try it again with a few more repeats and just one strand of yarn.  It would be more blanket-ish then.  Or just one or two repeats in a finer yarn would make a very pretty scarf.  I have just the yarn in mind, too.

Speaking of scarves.  That was the theme this week.  I know it's not winter and no one neeeds to have a warm wooly around their neck any more - at least not here.  But a scarf can be a fun accessory, too.  The first is Chocolate Shake.  The pattern I used is Milkshake Reversible Scarflet by Mary Keenan.  I loved this pattern and will use it again.  The lace repeat is super-simple and fairly easily memorised.  I used a linen/cotton/wool blended yarn with some lovely big, fluffy slubs in it.  The pattern is definitely kind of frothy - and the color is exactly like a chocolate milkshake.

This next scarf was a kind of experiment and I'm not sure I'm wildly enthusiastic about some parts - like the fringe.  It is just lengths of yarn in different colors knit up lengthwise.  Knitted in seed stitch, it has the look of a piece of weaving.  It's also quite heavy and dense which I do like.  Even the 200+ stitches weren't a bother in this stitch.  I love it.  There is also a lot of texture in the fabric...quite bumpy.  It's a nice use of those shorter lengths of yarn that won't knit up into anything very meaningful.

That's it for this week.  See?  Not a lot to show but I have bigger plans for next week.  Unfortunately, I have a few meetings next week. Stay tuned.


Ginny said...

Your crocus are gorgeous!! And I love the last scarf, it really does not look knit, it looks woven!

Rudee said...

The flowers are beautiful. Color me green with envy. Though milder than usual, winter still lives in Detroit! Last night I wore alpaca socks, my Bella mittens, a cowl, a wool hat and if I'd had them, I would have worn woolen undies. It wasn't that cold, but the wind was both strong and biting.

Your blanket and scarves are beautiful. You did knit a lot, which is more than I can say (though I am close to finishing your scarf pattern!).

Kara said...

ooh thanks for the reminder! I'm happy that spring is on the way!

Mimi said...

Love the flowers in the first photo.
You might think you've done very little knitting this week, but I am in awe!
The 2nd scarf is really lovely, an interesting way to knit one!

ladydragonfly said...

Your flowers are beautiful. I wish I was more of a knitter. You do great work. I knit somewhat but I am a crocheter at heart. :)

Catherine said...

Stephanie I just responded to your comments on my Aran swatch over on my blog. This is a wonderful lacy blanket and would look great in a lacy yarn for a scarf! you are a prolific knitter, I wish I was half as talented. I started socks again - never have too many! great to see some of the same people on both our comments!
Catherine xxx

Cindy said...

Taking a break from knitting is ok, I've taken a break from it for oh, 10 years and I guess it is time to get back to it or crochet. I have an idea for recycled material and may post it by the end of the week.

I can't believe you have crocus already! I'm so wanting to see some here, soon I hope. With all the snow we got last night I guess it won't be too soon though. I'm writing in two spots these days,
take care


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