Friday, January 19, 2007

Scarves . . . . .

For Food & Friends ( here in the DC metro area has a drive to collect enough hand-made (knit or crochet) scarves for all their clients. They are trying to collect 1,000 by February 6th.

Last Tuesday night, at the Silver Spring Knitters (SSK), over half of the 16 people there were knitting scarves to give to Food & Friends. I wasn’t one of them, but felt guilty, because this is the fourth year that F&F has had this drive, and I hadn’t made one.

I came home from SSK, and dug around in my stash, and found a skein leftover from a vest I made in the Fall out of Wool in the Woods (I think), figured out a pattern (the Knit Stitch a day perpetual calendar – January 12 – waterfall lace (I think), fussed with needle sizes – and off I went.

I have just now finished it – and it’s really nice, if I do say so myself – and it’s just about 48 hours from cast-on (for the final time) to cast-off. It was knit on size 9 needles, and only 31 stitches wide – it really did fly. And I like the stitch pattern so much, I’ve dug up another yarn, and am going to cast on for another scarf – but I really should finish the body of the Elephant’s baby blanket.

I am really pleased with the way it looks on the RIGHT SIDE and on the WRONG side -- nice contrast.

Anyway, if you live in the DC area, you might want to crank out a scarf or two for F&F by February 6. I’ll do a second one for sure. And I think the pattern may make it’s way into a pair of socks for ME!

And the other fun thing – I dug around for some larger (for me needles) to knit the scarves on, and for some reason rediscovered the stash I have of OLD, OLD, knitting needles. By OLD, OLD – I mean, 1930s or so --- and marked with a K on the end, and 5 imprinted on the needles themselves – in my needle gauge they measure out to US 9 or 5 mm. One of my many knitting “pin” gauges is from Inox, and it has BWG, US and metric sizes. Under BWG it lists US 9 as being also BWG 5. I’m having fun knitting with them.

And here's the promised photo of the finished afghan!

1 comment:

The Purloined Letter said...

Beautiful scarf! And that afghan is just incredible. I think I may have to make something like that....

And what is BWG? The British style of sizing?