Jan 13 2011

Start Afresh

Published by at 6:46 pm under Blather

So I never did a year-end post, did I? Guess what? This is as close as it gets, because I’ve been running around since New Year’s.

So I counted, and I had 41 FOs for 2010, including 8 shawls, 6 pairs of socks, and 2 sweaters — and lots of gift knitting. I think that’s an excellent tally. In lieu of a more formal wrap-up, how about a slideshow from the Flickr set?

And this year is off to a rousing start. I spent the New Year’s holiday with Melissa and Jennifer, my two best friends. We watched a lot of TV and enjoyed some fine libations, and spent most of the weekend yakking and having girl time. We went to Longwood Gardens, where we had lots of fun geeking out and taking awesome pictures. (Melissa took a really lovely one of me that puts me in mind of Narnia. I love it.) We also, because who doesn’t, went yarning. At Loop, I discovered a sale bin. And in that sale bin, I discovered some Noro Silk Garden. And that Silk Garden became mine, and now it is a scarf. May I present the first FO of 2011?

STRIPED
Noro Striped Scarf

Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf, as written up by Jared Flood
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden in colorways 279 and 274, two balls each
Needles: US 6/4mm
Notes: So we got back to Melissa’s and I looked at the yarn, looked at Melissa, and told her that I was stealing needles, because I could not wait one more second to cast on. I spent the rest of the weekend knitting every free second, and ended up borrowing the needles to take the scarf home with me. (They’ve since been returned.) I put off making one of these until I found a bargain, because Silk Garden can get a little spendy, but oh my I enjoyed every second of knitting this scarf up.

My favorite, of course, is this part:
Noro Striped Scarf

That mauve-and-teal that flows into the purple-and-pink? I love it. I’m so glad it’s on the end of the scarf so I can admire it every time I am wearing it — and I have worn it every day since I bound off. Even thought I’m really late to the party on this pattern I don’t care. This was fun to knit and it’s fun to wear and it’s the perfect sort of thing to set the tone for the year: practical and fun and scratching a long-held knitting itch.

Bring it, 2011. I got big plans for you.

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3 Responses to “Start Afresh”

  1. Marjorie says:

    you read my mind! I’ve nothing noteworthy on the needles and have seriously been considering this scarf which has been on my radar for months. Good job! The scarf looks great. Wonderful that the colours worked out for you to fling around with abandon. Love the slide show too – great idea!

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  2. Elizabeth says:

    what is the pattern for the beautiful yellow scarf from 2010?

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    Abbie Reply:

    It’s the Flutter Scarf by Miriam Felton — I actually made two of them this year; it was such an easy knit that I knit a second one as a Christmas present. Highly recommended! [Ravelry link] [designer’s website]

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