Curls Two-Color Brioche Scarf

– This is an interesting stitch to knit which I enjoyed  a lot. The two-colorways brioche scarf instruction was in our May 11, 2012 post.

The two colorways I chose were too close in color range to show off the different colors. I have chosen two new colorway  yarns to do another scarf. I still love the colors, even thought there isn’t much color change. 🙂 And, it is super warm.

Not Another WIP!

~Hey fellow bloggers, I’m retired! You have to quite posting such wonderful “things” which I, in turn, lust after! (Jump down a few lines Alan) And… then have to buy! A limited income only goes so far you know! So which one of you had a link to Grumperina? ‘Fess up! I saw the Volna scarf and loved it. Now, I did use my will power for at least a week before I bought it.

Before purchasing, I decided to browse the Volna projects on Ravelry, I noticed that someone had used Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel using US 6. That sealed it. The pattern was MINE! I just happened to have Crazy Zauberball in my stash. I bought it because I LOVE the colors, not because I had a project in mind.

If you knit this project, it is easier if you use pointed, lace tip needles. There is a lot of k2tog and picking up yarns. I only had a “fat” tip pair of US 6 and it does slow me down. Also, notice my two other knitting tips. 1. I tied the tail around a plastic bread tab. I always leave the tail so, especially in garter stitch, I know which side in the Right Side (RS). The hanging tail gets in the way. How many of you have accidentally started knitting using the tail? Sigh….. 2. The wave pattern repeats 5 times. Wanting a quick counter, I put 5 beads onto a safety pin. Reminds me of the abacus! Quick and easy.

As with any pattern, there are two parts: the instructions and the row patterns.  The Volna has three pattern parts: Wave A, Wave B and Main. Using notecards, I wrote each pattern on it’s own card. On the back of the card, I wrote the written instructions for that part, see green card. Love these cards!  So, with the fan on me I’ve been knitting yet another new project!


Fuzzy’s (aka mom) comment reminded me that not everyone is a member of Ravelry. So here is the picture of Volna from Ravelry:

Two In Two!

~Lucky mom! Two of my three children who thoughtlessly moved away from San Diego and the parentals visited within the last two weeks! Darcey, who now lives in Texas, came over with my son-in-law. He came for business and, lucky for us, she came with him.  It’s always wonderful when the kids come home. 😎 Darcey is modeling a quickie scarf which I made for her. She’s another typical San Diego kid who got really cold in Texas over the winter. 😎 I told her to move back home, but….. Geeze, these young kids who don’t listen to their parents. 😎 Now, did I get the scarf mailed? As you can see, she’s trying it on now. Why do I HATE going to the post office and mailing things? The post office is less than a mile from our home too. I thought once I retired I get better about this. But, no.

I really don’t remember exactly what I did for the scarf. I wanted the scarf to be more like a cowl, double thickness for more warmth. Cast on until it was five inches wide, then I believe that I did the seed stitch until it was 29″ long and bound off, sewing the two ends together. Size 10 needles. I didn’t make a “fancy” one since this is to be used around the house when she gets cold. She works from home and needs to be comfortable. Also, it seems as if her cat LOVES the scarves I have made for Darcey. Some how she has even managed to jump way up on the closet shelf to get one of the “good” scarves down and drag it around. If the cat fondles this one it’s ok. 😎 I’ve promised to make a scarf for the cat. 😎

Now, I just need my third daughter and the grandkids to come home for a visit and I’ll have reached Nirvana! 😎

It’s All About the Neck Candy!

~I’m sure all of us have knit our share of warm, serviceable scarves.  Every so often it’s fun to knit something totally outrageous to wear as neck candy.  While visiting the Acorn Street Yarn shop they had an extremely fun exhibit of yarns made specifically to “knit” into ruffled, wild, scarves/neck candy.  It took me at least half and hour to decide which one to purchase.  The directions were on the package.  It took a couple of hours to make while on the road to Missoula.  Finished it at my sister’s house.  Sad to say that I did not keep the label so I cannot remember what the yarn is.  It is really long so this picture shows the scarf doubled.  Isn’t it fabulous?

Barbara is such a fast knitter that she made two scarves during our journey.  It really was cold! The yarn is Cascade’s Alpaca and is softer-than-soft (my favorite yarn to knit with).  She knit both in a straight garter stitch.  After she got home, she decided she did not like the plain look on hers and wanted to “punch” the color of the yarn better.  So she tore out the entire scarf and reknit using the Fisherman’s Rib, a type of Brioche stitch, found at one of our favorite online sites, The PurlBee.  It is so pretty and SOFT.  She lives in our San Diego mountains where it gets cold and this scarf is wonderful!

I have a totally off-the-wall “neck candy” that is almost finished, I’ll try and share that with you tomorrow.  Today is spinning day, at least for a bit.  It is still cold, drizzly, gray here and the arthritic hands do complain. I do see spots of blue poking through here and there. I’m wearing my new Maja shawlette, with the perfect stick pin, to keep warm.

I’ll leave you with a stunning picture taken during sunset at Carlsbad State Park in San Diego County, California.  It was taken by daughter Emily while we were camping there a few weeks ago.  She fancied it up with the iPhone app Histamatic.  Cool!