This post is a little later than I had planned, but that’s okay. The photo at the top is of a handmade, cross stitched card which a colleague of mine gave me. It is very special because, although I have given away many cross stitch pieces of various sizes over the years, this is only the fourth one someone has made for me.
I was really busy before Christmas knitting scarves for the “ladies” in my family (my two daughters and my son’s partner) and finished so close to the wire that I didn’t get around to taking photos before I wrapped them. All three were very different and I enjoyed each of them.
This light weight (4 ply) scarf has headed back to Melbourne. The yarn was so soft and lovely to work with. The pattern was a bit of a challenge until I got used to it. I have used charts for intarsia work before, but not for stitch patterns. Once I had got the hang of reading right to left on right side rows, and left to right on wrong side rows, I quickly got into the swing of things and the pattern was fairly easy to follow.
Both “purple” scarves turned out to be a little less purple than the yarn appeared in the online photos I ordered from, and both the DK yarns were not as soft as I had hoped for. This second purple scarf was probably the most complicated pattern. It is a reversible cable pattern and I found it really intriguing to see how the pattern worked out on both sides.
I just love the rich colour of the final scarf. It is a deep rusty red and the pattern, although fairly straight forward, is very effective. I am really happy that I managed to get everything done in time (just!) and very pleased with the results. Now I am so excited that I can get out the cotton yarn I have had put away out of temptation’s reach, and I can get started on Octopals! (See OFAPNZ.)