Chameleon Bias Scarf

This was one of the projects mentioned in my UFO post recently. It is now finished! This is another Stitchnerd pattern and as I’ve said numerous times before, they’re easy to knit but also have some detail to make them interesting….as you can see. This is my Chameleon Bias Scarf.

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It’s not often I knit with a solid colour so I am very happy with the result of this beautiful scarf.

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It looks and feels so lush and snuggly.

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The garter stitch makes it a very portable project to take when you’re at a knitting group and you don’t have numerous pattern stitches to remember. The detail on the edge shows up so well against this cream yarn.

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The yarn I used is Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply which is a 70% wool / 30% alpaca yarn and is lovely to knit with. I used 4.5mm needles as the yarn is quite a thick 8ply. Five balls were used in this scarf.

Cleckheaton Perfect Day Cream 01

Here’s a picture to give you an idea of the size of the scarf. It’s asymmetrical too.

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Chameleon Scarf 04

I’m a little bit chuffed as the pattern designer (Susan Ashcroft) requested wether two of my pictures could be¬†displayed on her pattern page. So if you click on this link my scarf is shown on the left hand side….2nd and 5th pictures.

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I’ve had a bit of a harrowing day as there is a water leak in my townhouse and my plumber has narrowed it down as being under the garage concrete slab! I now have a couple of holes in the walls as well as some of the pavers near my front door beside the water meter have been removed and a hole dug. A special part needs to be ordered before it can be rectified so for the next few days I have to turn my water meter on and off as I need water so that the water damage is not exacerbated. This is very painful to say the least. You don’t realise how many times a day you actually need to turn on a tap!

I keep trying to keep it all in perspective as in the big scheme of things this is not a major catastrophe and it will be fixed. I need to knit to keep me calm ūüôā

That’s my weekend so far. Until next time…

Melanie

BTW, On the right hand side of the home page of my blog there are lots of interesting links. I’m not sure when you receive my weekly posts whether you see these links. If not, what you can do is click on the Home button which is at the top left hand side of the page. This will take you to the home page where you can view all the links plus the most recent post. One link also takes you directly to my Ravelry home page.

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My UFOs are steadily increasing….time to take control!

It wasn’t that long ago that I had my UFOs under reasonable control but now they’re getting out of hand again. I don’t know about you but when I’m knitting or crocheting a garment I’m also thinking of the next item to make and suddenly I have to start it straight away. Hence the increase in my UFOs. And it’s even worse when I buy a new bundle of yarn; I’m instantly planning more projects.

I’m embarrassed to say that I started this Curly Wurly Scarf around January 2012. The yarn is from a job lot I purchased on Ebay. I believe it’s an acrylic yarn. I can’t read the ball band as it’s written in an Asian language. This was in the days before I started buying beautiful wools and alpacas so that’s why the scarf has been languishing. The colour is a bit dull too. If I finish the scarf I probably won’t wear it anyway. Might be okay for a little girl’s dress up scarf. The pattern is from an Australian knitting magazine.

Curly Wurly Scarf 01

I started this vest in July 2012. I’ve finished one side and am about 1/3 of the way through the front. I’m dreading picking up the stitches around the armholes and neckline. And since I’ve found an easier vest pattern which I’ve talked about here, here¬†and here, I’m so not interested in finishing this vest ūüė¶

01 Mock Cable Vest 01These crocheted squares are modelled on the Starburst Flower Crochet Blanket from the book¬†The Gentle Art of Knitting by Jane Brocket. I first made this blanket in acrylic and told you about it here and then made it with Cascade 220 10 ply / worsted wool and told you about it here. As you can see I am quite taken with this pattern. This is a long term project and I am in no real hurry to complete it. I’m not sure how large it will be; that will depend on how much yarn I bought.

02 Green Starburst Throw 01

This is my Autumn Fern Moebius. I started this on 4 August 2013 and I have lost interest because the pattern needs a lot of concentration which I find hard going at times. I love the yarn from Dyed By Hand Yarns in the colourway Spotted Gum.

03 Autumn Mobius 01

This tubular scarf is made from the pattern on the band of the yarn which is ¬†Moda Vera Chantilly¬†a 70% acrylic / 30% milk protein yarn. I don’t have much more knitting to do with this scarf so I really should attempt to complete it shouldn’t I? I mean, it’s only knitting around and around in circles.

04 Tubular Scarf 01

I started this scarf on 14 October 2013 and this will be the third Samothrace Wings Scarf that I have made. Another Stitchnerd pattern. The other two scarves can be viewed here. The yarn is from Zen Yarn Garden’s ARTWALK series and it’s called Garrowby Hill. It’s Serenity Silk¬†+ which is a 75% superwash¬†merino / 15% cashmere / 10% silk (lace 2ply). This yarn is simply beautiful. I’m pleased to say I’m making inroads and should be finished soon.

05 Garrowby Hill Scarf 01This scarf was started on 26 October 2013. The pattern is the Pleated Pattern Scarf and the yarn is¬†Shorn Fibers Single DK which is a 40% Baby Alpaca 40% Merino 20% Silk yarn blend. The colourway way is called Autumn Leaves and it‚Äôs gorgeous. I’m still debating whether the colourway and pattern are clashing. I think maybe a solid yarn would be better to show off the pattern and maybe use the yarn to make a scarf that has a cable detail.

06 Pleated Pattern Scarf 01

The pattern from these socks comes from the book called Socktopus. These are my¬†Rusty¬†Rocks¬†Socks although the pattern is called V Junkie socks. The yarn I’m using is Skein’s Top Draw Sock in the colourway Rusty Rock. I’ve finished the first sock and am knitting the leg part of the second one so I’m over half way through.

07 Rusty Rock Socks 01

This is another Stitchnerd pattern called Chameleon Bias Scarf and it’s knitted in Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply which is a 70%¬†wool / 30% alpaca and is deliciously soft and beautiful. Technically, it’s not a UFO because I’ve finished it but I’m just debating whether or not to block it. You’ll be seeing this one featured very soon.

08 Chameleon Bias Scarf 01

And finally, I started this Ripple Stitch Blanket on 8 November 2013 using the recently purchased Panda Magnum Soft 8ply acrylic. Each ball of yarn which weighs 100g will do seven rows. I started with 241 chains. If you visit this website you are provided with an excellent tutorial on how to do this version of the ripple stitch. It is set out so well and very easily understood.

09 Ripple Blanket 01

How many UFOs do you have and are you determined to reduce them? I’m desperately trying not to start another project until I’ve finished at least three of my UFOs. Let’s see how I go will we?

Until next time…

Melanie

BTW, On the right hand side of the home page of my blog there are lots of interesting links. I’m not sure when you receive my weekly posts whether you see these links. If not, what you can do is click on the Home button which is at the top left hand side of the page. This will take you to the home page where you can view all the links plus the most recent post. One link also takes you directly to my Ravelry home page.

Lincraft Yarn Sale – 50% off!

No, this is not really a paid advertisement for Lincraft; it’s actually the worst message that can appear on my Facebook page! Of course, I had to jump in the car this morning after I’d finished vacuuming and mopping the floors and set off to Lincraft to see whether I could pick up bargains…..because you know…..I’m good at that! All these yarns were 50% off!

Lincraft Bamboozle 70% bamboo / 30% cotton AU$2.49 each. Earmarked for more market bags.

Lincraft Bamboozle Blue 01

Lincraft Bamboozle Pink 01

Patons Stella 40% acrylic / 39% wool / 20% alpaca / 1% polyester AU$4.49 each. I’m going to knit the cable beanie pattern on the ball band with these two blue balls of yarn.

Patons Stella Blue 01

And in silver too!

Patons Stella Silver 01

Cleckheaton Perfect Day 8ply 70% merino / 30% alpaca AU$3.99 each. I adore this yarn.

Cleckheaton Perfect Day Cream 01

Sullivans Aztec 45% alpaca / 35% acrylic / 20% polyamide AU$2.49 each

Sullivan Aztec Ivy 01

Lincraft Lullaby 4ply 100% Australian wool AU$2.49 each. I can see some gorgeous baby hats.

Lincraft Lullaby 01Sullivans¬†Coton-A¬†5ply 60% cotton / 40% acrylic AU$2.99 each…..more market bags. Does that mean I’m officially a ‘bag lady’?

Sullivans Cotton-A Green 01

Sullivans Cotton-A Orange 01

Cleckheaton Country Tartan 8ply 100% wool AU$2.99 each. Another beanie for my boy.

Cleckheaton Country Tartan Blue 01

Lincraft Splendour 50% wool / 50% acrylic AU$2.49 each

Lincraft Splendour 01

These last two novelty yarns will probably be used for Christmas decorations.

Lincraft Flutter 100% polyester AU$0.64 each!!!!

Lincraft Flutter Green Red

Sullivans Scruffy 93% viscose rayon / 7% polyester AU$0.49 each!!

Sullivans Scruffy

Phew!! That’s it! I feel like a machine at times; buying yarn and then spitting out knitted garments ūüôā

Gotta fly as I’m meeting the lovely ladies in my Knit and Knatter¬†group just after lunch. I always enjoy our get togethers where we show off our yarn purchases and recently completed projects. Can’t believe how quickly that time flies.

Until next time…

Melanie