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Friday, September 04, 2009

DIY Friday: Knit One, Purl One

Something about the threat of cloudburst while on vacation makes me head for the yarn store.

My friend Kathryn (as seen on the readergirlz Teen Read Week posters) turned out to be the perfect companion for just such an occasion: she turned me on to Ravelry.com, a social networking site devoted to the yarn-obsessed, through which we found Knitting, Etc. in Ithaca, NY (say it with me, "Oooooooooh...").

I found bamboo needles as thick as my husband's thumb. I found feather-soft Alpaca in the most scrumptious shade of dove grey. I found this unbelievable book of knitting designs that I would actually wear (so far I've only made sweaters for husband and You-Know-Who and only scarves for myself). See it and drool:

So of course, I bought the book (not available at the library or Amazon!) and enough yarn to make the Elizabeth peplum sweater in a deep, heathery plum. Yum, yum, yum. I wasn't about to start something so ambitious while on vacation, so instead I just used the giant needles and Alpaca to create my own lacy scarf pattern (sorry for the firelight pic):

Very easy lacy huge-needle Alpaca scarf
You need:
1 ball feather-soft Alpaca yarn
Needles in size 19
  • Cast on 15 stitches.
  • Row 1: K1, Inc, Slip knit pass-over, repeat to end.
  • Repeat until you run out of yarn or you reach your favorite scarf length.
  • Cast off.
  • Fall in love!


  1. I've never knitted a day in my life, but there's something about all those colors of yarn....I think I did drool a little....


  2. wow. that makes me wish i could knit. i would wear ALL of those. my gosh, they are so gorgeous! you'll have to show the completed ens amble when you are done!

  3. Fall always makes me think of knitted sweaters and hats. I'm not a knitter, but I do try to butter up my knitting friends around this time. They've been known to make me some cute hats. On made my son and I matching hats--they rocked.

  4. I've never knit, only crocheted, but yarn gives me that same sensuous delight. The pattern book you found is scrumptious--it may convert me!

  5. Oh my. I CAN'T wait to see your sweater! They all look divine. You are so talented. Sheesh.

  6. Oh! I like the "Tess" and "Bless"
    knits!! Looking forward to seeing your sweater Holly :)

  7. I just started the Haven scarf with my gorgeous deep turquoise Rowan Cocoon yarn (the exact colorway is Seascape) today! In fact, I just taught myself continental yarn forward from a website because I do not have you here to help me through the process. I finished the brown diamond scarf, which just needs blocking.

    Thank you for teaching me continental style by the way - it is SO much better!


  8. Ooooh, I can't wait to see! Wish we lived closer.