Tuesday, February 20, 2007

I'm off to see the knitters....

I'm leaving for Stitches West in about 3 hours, then you'll have to put up with another post or two about it, and then I'll try to stop talking about it. Now I understand why you guys talk about Rhinebeck to death! It's very exciting to be attending one of these events & since it's my first, I have lots of anticipation!

And now.... presenting ... my extremely belated Christmas gift for my mom.

Pattern: Forbes Forest by Kathy Zimmerman

Pattern Source: Scarf Style from Interweave Press

Yarn: KnitPicks Merino Style; Nutmeg colorway; 5 skeins

Needles: KnitPicks Options size 5 US

Finished dimensions: 9.5" wide by 60" long

Notes: In making this scarf, I learned how to make cables without a cable needle and make bobbles without turning your work. The yarn was so inexpensive that I don't dare say anything bad about it. It was pleasant enough, but not anything to go on and on about. The pattern was well written, but I was unable to memorize it. If I were to knit this again (and I might), I would change the pattern to omit one of the two knit "stripes" before the center panel & one of the two knit "stripes" on each end. Personally, this scarf is too wide & I calculated that if I omitted these knit "stripes", it would cut the width by approximately 1.5" thereby making it the perfect width.

I'm taking my laptop and camera with me to Stitches so hopefully I'll remember to take photos. I'm always horrible about having my camera with me and not snapping one photo. What's with that? Tonight is two blissful hours of shopping at vendors booths, Friday morning is my 3 hour "Pattern Customization" class from Gwen Bortner and then Friday afternoon I meet up with Lain (who has been commenting on my blog since I started it a year ago) for more shopping! I'm so excited!


Micki said...

Have a great time at Stitches! [I'm sitting here trying to pretend I'm not green with envy.]

Your Forbes Forest looks fantastic!

Karen said...

Ooooh, I'm so excited!!! Post about it all you want - it will make me feel like I got to go too. :) Have a lot of fun (and buy a lot of yarn!!)

The scarf looks great. I know your mom will love it.

abby said...

The scarf is really, really lovely! Have a wonderful time at Stitches - can't wait to hear all about it!

Lynda said...

Your scarf is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous.

Have fun at Stitches West - can't wait to hear all about it.

Amber said...

Gorgeous scarf! I'm sure your mom will think that it is well worth the wait!

Have fun at Stitches!!

Brena said...

That scarf is beautiful!!!!!! How great that you learned new techniques that make knitting quicker (or so I've heard).

Have fun at Stitches!

Emma said...

Ooh, pretty scarf. And have a great time. I am envious.

Anonymous said...

I love the scarf.

Have fun at Stitches! Take lots of pictures; spend lots of money; come back and tell us all about it!

Carole Knits said...

The scarf is gorgeous. Have a wonderful time at Stitches.

Laura said...

I love the scarf! One does wonder, though, why you didn't bring it to share when we met at our LYS... ;-)

Enjoy Stitches! Buy good yarns, enjoy your class, have tons of fun. Man. I'm *so* jealous.

flutter said...

Yep, that scarf is beyond fab. Have a wonderful time and be safe.

lil sis said...

Did I miss the post where you figured out how to fix the gauge problem? It looks so beautiful!

FYI- I received the 24" cables on Tuesday, but still no sign of the 16." Thanks again! you are the best!!

Dipsy said...

I can't believe how very, very beautiful your scarf is! Really, I'm totally impressed by your cabling, it's so neat and even and professional looking that I'm really stunned! And it looks fantastic in that colour - so very elegant indeed! This is one really amazing gift, and I'm sure your Mom won't mind a bit that it's a tad late - the wait was definitely worth it! Congrats on an amazing accomplishment!
Now, do have a great time at Stitches West - gosh, I'd *so* love to join you there! I'm looking forward to reading your impressions of it and seeing many, many pics!