Friday, December 21, 2007

Will I have enough time? Will I have enough yarn? The perennial questions of a knitter on a deadline using the remnants of a skein of handdyed yarn.

I started this Branching Out scarf Wednesday night, at about 9:00 pm, after seeing Kris's. I've been aware of this pattern since it was published two and a half years ago, yet it was suddenly imperative that I cast on immediately and make another Christmas present. I used the leftover partial skein from the Calorimetry I made last week, because 1) it was on the table next to my chair, and 2) it looked like there might be enough yarn in the ball to make a scarf. It was initially to be for Emma's preschool teacher, but I gave it to a coworker instead of the Calorimetry since I finished it in time for office giving. I'll either make another scarf for Emma's teacher, or give her the Calorimetry. I wasn't planning on delivering that gift until Monday, so there's plenty of time. (Notice how time becomes relative in December.)

This scarf used 55 grams of the Knitpick Bare merino DK that I dyed sky blue, and US 7 needles. It's on the short side for a scarf, only 20 repeats of the pattern, but is still long enough to keep a neck cozy. Have I mentioned how much I like this yarn? Takes dye beautifully, lovely to knit with, and makes a very squishy soft fabric.

I blocked fairly aggressively, to maximize the length, and it ended up 45" x 6.75". In the event of yarn shortage, I did have a backup plan to put the blue only on the ends, with a white unpatterned section in the middle, but when I reached the halfway point in the ball of yarn it looked like I was going to squeak by with enough length so I kept going.

You can't beat a knitted lace gift from two shortish evenings of knitting.


Anonymous said...

It's a lovely pattern, and the blue of the yarn sets off the lace well.

I wish I could knit as quickly as you.

Liz said...

You are so speedy.

Beautiful Branching Out, Sue. What a great gift!

Merry Christmas!

Kris said...

Beautiful. Isn't is a great pattern for gift knitting!! Initially it was taking a while but once you get into a groove that thing cruises along.