Saturday, January 27, 2007

You Like Me, You Really Like Me*

I’d like to thank The Academy. I also want to thank my one and only, Cascade 220 in Natural White, without whom I never would have passed TKGA Master Hand Knit Program Level I!!!

I did it! I reworked and resubmitted my tension challenged swatches and they passed. I heard via email last Saturday and my swatches were returned in today’s mail.

To celebrate I ordered some beautiful yarn from Morehouse Farm for a sweater for ME. I also ordered the Level II instructions from TKGA (In for a penny, in for a pound), and they arrived in today's mail as well. (Daunting . . but here I go ..)

To distract myself from all of this waiting, I embarked on an immediate gratification knit: a Sally Melville Shape-It Scarf. I love these simple scarves not only because they are quick to knit, but because they are the perfect shape for scarf-challenged-people. (Read: ME) It doesn't require any sort of fashion sense or artistic flare to get these babies to fall into pleasing folds and drape cleverly about one's neck. I have never been a "scarf person" before. But since our move to Juneau, it suddenly all makes sense - a bit of soft woolly goodness wrapped around your neck really does keep you warmer!

This particular scarf is made out of approximately 2/3 (or maybe 3/4?) of a skein of Colinette Jitterbug. This yarn is lovely to work with, soft and beautiful. I have just one complaint. There was a knot in this skein. I'm always peeved when I come upon knots in skeins of fine yarn, but this one was especially irksome. A few rows post knot, I could no longer deny there was a distinct change in the variegated pattern. What had been very, very subtle was now a busy, bright yarn. Clearly, two different dye lots had been joined into a single skein. If you look closely, you can see for yourself:



Still, it's a fun scarf and I can live with its idiosyncrasies.

Jitterbug Scarf
Pattern: Shape-It Scarf by Sally Melville
Yarn: Colinette Jitterbug (colorway, Toscana/100 g)
Needles: US size 10 1/2
Notes: I increased the stitch count until I had 119 stitches (this should be a number divisible by 3, somehow I came up one short) and then cast on 45 stitches at each edge for 209 total stitches. I worked these even until they were wide enough .. about 3 1/2 " in this case.

* What Sally Field almost said when she won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1985. The real quote is here.

15 comments:

knitting bandit said...

I absolutely love that scarf! So much that I'm off to my LYS tomorrow. I just finished a pair of socks with Bright Charcoal Jitterbug. I would never have thought of using it for that scarf. I love Toscana. Hope you don't mind copy cats! :-)

Helen B. said...

Congratulations Kathy. You are so talented and such an inspiration. Good Luck with level 2.

michelle said...

Congrats! Enjoy that feeling of accomplishment because you did good :-) Morehouse Merino is one of my favorite places - they make me scrap happy, (they sell these bags of partials for about 6.00)

That scarf is lovely - simple - yet with a punch. I may be another copy cat in the making.

Geeze you must feel like dancing now - between the yarn and the official title of master in the making :-)

Dipsy said...

Congratulations Kathy! Such amazing news, I'm really proud of you! And your scarf is so beautiful!

Leanne said...

Congratulations! Good luck with level 2!

I really should stop procrastinating and get my Level 1 finished.

chris said...

Big Congratulations!!!!! And lovely scarf!

TheAmpuT said...

Yay Kath!!! Congrats! (I'll use that as an excuse to pop a bottle of champange LOL).

I actually like the scarf with the color changes. It adds character. But I do know what you mean. It's not like Colinette is an insignificant investment. For the price one would expcect a bit of quality control.

Martina said...

Congrats! Love the scarf!

Hilary said...

Congratulations! That's really impressive! I'm so pleased I know a master knitter ... you can probably charge for your advice now. :) No, but it is really nice to have the recognition of your many talents.

I think the scarf looks great. And because it's knit not necessarily in the direction one might think, I think the color changes do not catch the eye. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't told me. (Not that PerceptiveRMe, but still.) Anyway, it's beautiful.

Will said...

Congratulations!! I'm proud to share half your genes.:)

kt said...

Yay you! Well done on the Master Hand Knit Program! It'll be fun to hear how you do going through the next phase...

Lovely scarf. Boo for knots, but yay you again for not letting it spoil your scarf-fun.

Ava said...

Congrats! I'm sure you'll do well with Level II. Love the scarf. The dyelot difference is not that obvious to me.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

One more round of congratulations from here. That takes self- discipline along with talent! I like the scarf as is and would have thought all color placements intentional, but I'm like that.
(Enjoyed the Oscar title too).

Kim said...

Hey, that's great! I know you worked very hard for it, so congratulations.

I think I made that same scarf and it was a very quick and enjoyable knit. Don't worry about the changes.

AfternoonMoon said...

Congratulations! Whoo hoo! I hope you had a congratulatory cupcake. No picture of the master1 work? my BIL&SIL just moved to Juneau, how's the weather?