Friday, January 16, 2009

Question and answer time

With a general lack of FO's (hopefully two coming soon) I thought I would take a minute to answer a few questions from the last couple months.

q: Mike asked if the Mariam Scarf was machine knit.
a: Nope! All the knits you see on this sight are hand knits, unless otherwise noted. Neither Kristina nor I have a knitting machine.

q: Wendy asked if there is a crochet version of the Mariam Scarf.
a: I have not done one, and I do not know enough about crochet to know if there is a crochet stitch that resembles a knitted rib. Any crochet geniuses out there feel free to lend your knowledge!

q: Sarah asked if I was doing a pattern for Claire's Cowl
a: Hi mom! Nope! I just picked a stitch pattern, knit for 18 inches, and attached. No feat of intellectual creativity here. I certainly can't take credit for the gorgeous stitch pattern, but it can be found in Knitting Stitches by Mary Webb
q: Sarah asked for some more details on the Noro Scarf.
a: Love you mom! Here are the specifics on what I did. Like I said, I used Brooklyn Tweed's tips for slipping stitches along the edge.

The Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Chunky. This set me back $11 per skein, 4 skeins for the scarf. Pricey for a scarf, but it was a graduation/birthday/Christmas/ILOOOOVEYOU present that I have been wanting to make for this specific person for a while, so it was completely worth it. It is currently on sale at Webs for $6.50 a skein HERE, wayyyyy cheaper than I got at my lys.

The concept: manually striping Noro. Use 4 skeins total, 2 each of 2 different colors.

The Instructions:

Cast on 41 Stitches with your first color.

Knit in a K1, P1 rib for two rows. Slip the first stitch on the second row.

Tie on your second color (you can untie the not later when you are weaving in the ends.) Do not cut first color, let it hang, and wait for you.

Using your second color knit in a K1, P1 rib for two rows. Slip the first stitch on the second row.

After knitting 2 rows in your second color, let that yarn hang, and wait. Pick up the first color and knit in a K1, P1 rib for two rows. Slip the first stitch on the second row.

Proceed as such until the yarn is gone. When you change skeins, make sure you are keeping things tight, just tug on the yarn a bit.

Bind off, weave in ends. Unite the knot where you attached the second color, weave that end in.

Sit back, and watch the Noro do its thing, to glorious results. This pattern is quite generic. If you want a thinner scarf, cast on less stitches, if you want wider make it wider. There is tons of room to make it a cowl, add button holes, etc.
And to top things off, some more pictures taken as Kristina and I journeyed across San Francisco by foot.

The Bay Bridge, from the Embarcadero

The Ferry Building

A church in North Beach

The windy bit of Lombard Street

And a view of Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower, from the top of Lombard Street.

Happy Friday!