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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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I am Evil

Well, I may have sucked at the Olympics, but I did finish some things during those 16 days.

First of all, I finished my dad's argyle socks. [See my gallery entry for details.] I can now count these as my February socks for the Sock-a-Month KAL.


I also finished my Forbes Forest Scarf. I enjoyed making this scarf and I'm really happy with how it came out. Uncool Guy is the lucky recipient. And Maria, in case you're wondering, -- no reason, just because I'm such a good wife ;).

Pattern:
Forbes Forest by Kathy Zimmerman, from Scarf Style
Yarn:
Jo Sharp DK Wool,
color: 908 (glade), 5.5 balls
Needles:
US 6
Comments:
At first I didn't think I would like this pattern. There was just too much going on with all the cables and bobbles and whatnot. However, after memorizing the pattern & bobble technique, I really started to enjoy making this scarf. It is rather slow knitting since there are cables to cross or bobbles to make on every right-side row, but cabling without a needle can really help your speed. [I like Grumperina's instructions.] And the technique works really well here because the cables are so narrow.

This was my first project with bobbles, and I have to say that I think I am now a bobble convert. Previously, I poo-pooed all bobble-containing patterns. But now I'm a fan. I found that knitting backwards on the second row of the bobble (instead of turning) really made bobbling much more enjoyable. [Here are some links with instructions on how to knit backwards English style and continental style, in case you are not familiar with this technique.]

Back here I mentioned that I would try to do the rest of this scarf continental style. Well, I think I ended up doing about half and half, and surprisingly I can't see a difference in gauge. My timer broke, so I was unable to time myself properly, but continental style was definitely faster. However, I found bobbling easier English style.

Oh, I have also discovered that I am apparently quite evil:
Pirate Monkey's Harry Potter Personality QuizHarry Potter Personality Quiz

If you are a knitter, take the quiz and post your results here. Double Helix is taking a survey of the personality types of knitters. It will be interesting to see the results.

Leave a Comment 7 comments:

JessaLu said...

I am apparently a backstabbing, two-faced, lying, spying murderer.

Severus Snape. Ick.

Doublehelix (Suzanne) said...

Thanks for giving me a shout-out! I'll check this post for data, just in case you have some takers that don't see the link.

Angela said...

That's a gorgeous scarf! And I tend to be against cables in scarves because let's face it, the backside of most cables was never meant to be seen.

christine said...

Man oh man, that's one wonderful scarf.........(had to come see a new blog) and again, THANKS!@

lexa said...

I love the socks! Very nice. Great scarf as well!

Maria the Neighbor said...

Love, love, love the Green Scarf for the Uncool man. I don't think he deserves it; it is stunning and would look great on you or the girls!

msubulldog said...

Those socks are incredible! They actually look (dare I say it?) store bought. Really even smooth stitches and such soft looking wool. Nice work!