Tuesday, April 29, 2008

FO: Twilight Scarf


Just in time for a short stretch of rainy days, I have a new scarf. The pattern is from A Fine Fleece (like the Narragansett Bay Socks were), and the yarn is Morehouse Merino laceweight. Easy pattern, pretty results, thumbs up all around.


Has anyone else used the "broken" skeins of this laceweight from the $2 bin at Morehouse during Rhinebeck last year? I know I wasn't the only one pawing around in there looking for matching colours. (Rachael? Strizzy, did you get some?) I got ready to wind the first skein -- which means I secured the ball winder to the coffee table and asked Bill to hold up his hands for the skein -- and the first end I pulled turned out to be a strand shorter than a yard. I had a sinking feeling that instead of a 200-ish-yard skein, I'd bought 200 one-yard strands. The next end I pulled yielded a five-yard strand, and then the rest of the skein was intact! Same with the second skein. I'm not sure exactly how much yarn I ended up with, but it was about 400 yards in total -- plus, this yarn is extremely spit-spliceable, so any breaks can be joined easily. (Great news, since I have another four skeins in olive green.) So this scarf used $4 worth of merino! Thrifty and pretty -- a great combo!


I'm happy with my haircut, but you can't really see it in any of the photos I took. (Basically, I had the bottom cut off, so it looks less like a moo-lay.) However, Ene's Scarf is blocking as we speak, so I'll be taking more pictures soon (when it stops raining, that is). And I cast on last night for an Adamas Shawl with my yummy Yarn Chef Buttercream. That old lace knitting, it has me in its spell!

26 comments:

Lolly said...

Morehouse Merino laceweight is one of my absolute favorites - I am hoping to get more this weekend at MDSW. This is a beautiful shawl! and it looks like the kind of lace that even I could handle! great job :)

Laura said...

Wow, what a perfect mid-spring scarf! and such a deal.

melissa said...

i scored some of those $2 skeins after rhinebeck too. i've yet to wind them though.

the scarf is gorgeous! what a deal!

Barbara-Kay said...

Whew! You had me worried with all those "scarf on a chair" photos at the top of the blog. Your hair is indeed cute. No worries!

Love the scarf, too. Congrats!

The Happy College Knitter said...

Pretty! That's probably my favorite color ever and the scarf looks fantastic.

La Cabeza Grande said...

What a wonderful, well-executed scarf! And so thrifty too. It seems my queue will grow by one, thanks to you :)

jstrizzy said...

I did buy some of the $2 skeins, but I haven't wound them up yet. Thanks for the warning!

The scarf looks fabulous - glad to see that the Morehouse laceweight blocks so perfectly! It's a great color on you too.

Veronique said...

Oh, it blocked out so perfectly! It looks like it has wonderful drape. And you picked a great pattern :)

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous! Oh, how I love that color. Turquoise in all its variations is my favorite.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

The scarf is gorgeous Alison! What a great color!

PinkandBarbara said...

great hair and scarf!

gleek said...

gorgeous scarf and color too! a winning combination :)

Jennifer in Ottawa said...

Your scarf is lovely. The colour is fantastic and the price can't be beat!

I just checked out that shawl pattern and I think the baby alpaca I just brought home is going on the needles next. (*My reward for finishing my taxes...just in time.)

Congratulations on getting your papers in on time. I'm so glad to be done university...even 10 years after the fact.

Can't wait to see the progress on the shawl.

Michelle said...

It's so pretty! And you are too!

Chris said...

Gorgeous scarf! I'm glad it wasn't a few hundred one-yard strands - that would exceed the acceptable level of spit splicing by an order of magnitude. "This scarf? It's 94% spit!"

Leslie said...

Nice scarf! That's a beautiful lace pattern.

Jennifer Lori said...

It's funny- seeing the scarf on the chair I though "pretty scarf, not really my thing". But that photo of it on you changed my mind. That's a great photo, and a great scarf!

I'm itching to do some lace...as if I didn't have ENOUGH to do!

Anonymous said...

I'll just reiterate what everyone else has said- it's a gorgeous scarf ! I just love it ( and in my favourite colour). I think I'm going to have to buy that book.

sydney said...

Gorgeous scarf at a great price! I'm going to have to put that book on my "to buy" list.

maitai said...

very pretty scarf! i love the color.

K. said...

Gorgeous! Yay gorgeous thrifty scarves!

Brie said...

Lovely scarf and congrats on the thrifty find.

Anonymous said...

Love it! I have that book on my wish list!

Did you get your hair cut?

beth (big geek)

Seanna Lea said...

I love the lace! I haven't gotten to Rheinbeck yet (I have Sheep and Wool festival written on a to do list somewhere), but I would have definitely rooted around in a bin like that like a pig on truffles.

Christina said...

Gorgeous scarf, both the pattern and the colour.

Viktoria said...

Pretty! The color is fabulous...