24 September 2007

The Big Finish

*Insert SIGH heard round the blog*

The day I felt would never come, the Chevron Scarf is ready to make her debut.

This really wasn't my longest project by any stretch of the imagination, but this one felt like slogging. Perhaps it was that whole trick of the book title, "Last Minute Knitted Gifts." Last minute my arse... and nobody better be thinking they're getting this one wrapped up under the Christmas tree. We've traveled around the country together all summer, so she's mine, all mine.

Pattern: Chevron Scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Yarn: Lorna's Laces, Happy Valley and Lakeview

Needles: Addis Sz 5

Notes: Love the finished product. I'm really happy with the way these colors came together and I think it will get a lot of wear this winter. It turned out quite long so you may not need to use the entire skein of each color. I was determined to knit to the bitter end and let me tell you , I was staring down those balls and hoping with all my might that they'd get smaller faster.

I should probably confess that I committed knitting sin with this one. When it was finished and crinkling up around the chevrons, I sprayed it down with water and iron the bejeebus out of it. Full heat, no protective covering, nothing, just stretched it out and went to town. I suppose the stitches flattened a degree but since this yarn is on the thinner side anyway (at least for my taste), I don't think it matters one bit. I actually like the flatter look as the colors blend together a bit better. Blocking may have worked but it was so long and unwieldy, I didn't mess around.

Would I knit this again? Probably. It's a great scarf and were I not such an old scrooge, it would make a good gift. I'd use a yarn that I loved and go in knowing that it wasn't going to be a quick project.


Redheadskydiver said...

Cool! I love the colors! I'm still slogging away on mine but at least I've picked it back up so some progress can be seen.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, lovely knitting! I especially like the way the colors go together and seem to be in motion! Rev Linda

FairyGodKnitter said...

Beautiful, I really need to make one of these. And it's no sin to use an iron, I use one all the time, especially on edges before seaming.