You Learn

The Name

You Learn by Alanis Morissette

This was the best song title that I could “link” to this knit project. I chose this song title in relation to the fact that I “learned” something I didn’t know before, and re-learned something I did.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 66 x 4/5 inches

Cast on twelve stitches and work stockinette for three rows, alternated with reverse stockinette. I chose use this pattern from an old one I used before; the difference with this one is that there are no chevrons or zig zags…hmmm! I should be able to make zig zags.

The Yarn

Michaels Loops & Threads Links
Color: 12002 Rich Brown; Content: 74% Acrylic, 18% Wool, 8% Polyester; Weight: 5, Bulky

Unknown Gold
Color: Rumlestiltskin*; Content: Unknown; Weight: Lace*

This is where I “learned” something new. I learned that double-stranding a bulky and a lace, does actually add weight to the yarn – evidenced by the beginning five-inch width and ending with a four-inch width. However, it seemed that the second ball was a bit thinner also.

I re-learned the need to alternate two multicolor yarns of the same color to avoid different pooling patterns.

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Blue Savannah

The Name

Blue Savannah by Erasure

This is one of my anthems. I just love the crescendos in this song and Erasure always has such interesting bridges; besides, “it has a good beat that you can dance to.” :D

Blue Savannah

The Scarf

Dimensions: 94.5 x 6.5 inches

Cast on thirty one stitches and worked arrowhead lace from this excellent online tutorial. After about four pattern repeats, I had the pattern committed to memory, so it was a fairly easy knit. The length of the scarf was determined by the amount of yarn – used up entirely to avoid any scraps.

This will be a gift for my primary care physician, who deserves more than this for putting up with me, especially when I am enraged.

Not a consideration when I began, but I hate the way stockinette knitting curls up. This lace design has spines which enforce the curling by folding. I steamed it and it helped. I didn’t want to get carried away and end up melting the acrylic.

Lastly, when I received the yarn it was a donation in a box with some other stuff. When I opened the box, I was hit with a cigarette smoke bomb. Even as I write this, I can smell it all over again. I hate the thought of washing lace, so I took it over to my mom and asked her to smell the scarf: she smelled nothing, so I just gave it a good steaming. The box with the other yarn is outside airing out!

The Yarn

Viana Perla DK
Color: 189 [Tourquoise*]; Content: 82% Acrylic, 15% Wool, 3% Polyester; Weight: DK

This yarn is gorgeous, but a pain to work with because of all the hairy fibers and their ability to lock on to each other, making tinking/frogging more difficult. And believe me, with lace there is always one occasion to frog and many to tink. The one good point about this yarn: you don’t have to worry about your tails unraveling!

Blue Savannah

Blue Savannah: Work In Progress

This is Blue Savannah, a scarf.

It is knit in Arrowhead Lace. I think the lady who made the video is excellent in her teach method: slower, concise, no excess information. Simple enough – well, at least for me – lace pattern that I was able to commit to memory after about four pattern repeats.

It’s destination, at this point, remains undetermined. The girl at my radiation center, like it, but I am done with radiation, so I don’t anticipate seeing her until the next outbreak, which right now are occurring approximately on a yearly schedule.

I just realized why my pictures look so blurry: my camera lens was dirty and I can’t see! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Come Sail Away

The Name

Come Sail Away by Styx

Every time I look at this scarf my first association is sailor…sailor moon…Come Sail Away!

The Scarf

Dimensions: 58 x 3 inches

Cast on 16 stitches and worked in garter, alternating color every other complete (forward and backward passes) garter row. The spacing is created by using a lace weight yarn with a thicker worsted – or possibly DK – yarn.

The Yarn

Melrose Company Darella

Color: 117
Content: 60% Cupro Rayon, 40% Metallized Polyester
Weight: 1, Lace

Unknown White

Color: Pacific Crests*
Content: Unknown
Weight: 4, Worsted

I don’t know why the blue photographs so dark, but I finally managed to stage it under a light and get some glitterness. The white was one of those spongy yarns and I started knitting loosely, unsure how to use the yarn. As such, the beginning does not as neat as the end.

Come Sail Away
Come Sail Away

 

The Metro

The Name

The Metro by Berlin

I took the easiest, most accommodating opportunity with this name. With Masquerade cueing to end, my mind free-associated the design of th

e scarf with the a song i knew by the same group.

The Scarf

Dimensions: 80 x 3 inches

Cast on 14 double-strand stitches and worked a 1×1 rib to desired length. The scarf will be donated to charity via the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.

 The Yarn

Unlabeled yarn balls ‘n’ scraps acquired from either CSNanaCat or the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.

Shake The Disease

The Name

Shake The Disease by Depeche Mode

Chose for the viral texture the yarn creates.

The Shawl

Dimensions: 32 (wingspan) x 14 (depth) inches (approximate)

An experimental pattern that worked! Worked in stockinette stitch.

The Yarn

Obtained from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild – somehow – or was it from CANanaCat? Anyway, the previous owner had decided to double-strand a yarn – most likely labeled bulky on the label.

From my prior yarn store experience, I believe this yarn might be very old King Cole Opium: 54% Cotton, 42% Premium Acrylic, 4% Polymide.  Between 198 Lilac and 3046 Wisteria, I am going with the latter.

Shake The Disease

Thank You

The Name

Thank You by MKTO

Happened to be playing while I was trying to come up with a name for this scarf. Great anthem!

The Project

Dimensions: 4 x 73 inches (approximate)

20 Stitches knit in-the-round, using magic circle technique, involving double-, triple- and quadruple-stranding.

The Yarn

Unlabled, scrap yarn from the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild.