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January 18

Cast on: Leaf Scarf from Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters

I’ve been sewing up such a storm lately, that I’ve put all of my knitting projects on the back-burner.  But after recieving the book ‘Vintage Knitwear for Modern Knitters’ by Lise-Lotte Lystrup in my Bunny Swap, I was very (!!!) motivated to pick up my sticks again.

I went shopping last week for some angora yarn to cast on the leaf scarf, but my LYS sadly, didn’t carry any angora.  Being my resourceful (impatient) self, I decided to use two strands; one in a silk mohair and the second in a laceweight merino wool (by Malabrigo) since I wanted to cast on immediately.  So I still get the warmth from the wool while getting that fuzzy anorga look from the mohair.

Initially, I had some issues with my gauge swatch (aka stitches per inch and rows per inch) since I’ve never used such a fine yarn or skinny needles.  I ended up compromising with the pattern and using size 2 needles, instead of 3’s, and using my mad-math skills to alter the stitch count for the rows while still retaining the original proportions of the leaf.

So here’s a few pictures of my progress so far:

Here you can see the two individual leaves which I just connected, 7 rows down from the top.

Here’s a nice close-up that shows the fuzz factor.

When I flip one of the leaves up, you can see they’re not fully connected.  This will result in a nice, natural movement between the 2 (soon to be 3) leaves.

(Please ignore my ends…. they aren’t woven in yet).

Having read through all of my sewing books I now have some ‘free’ time to knit on my way to and from work each day and I’ve gotten a lot more done as a result.

Last night, I took a brief hiatus from sewing and decided it was just a knitting/movie night.  Whenever I feel cold in my apartment or when the weather is especially bad, I just feel like watching a movie and knitting; it’s my productive laziness.  One thing great about Chicago winters is that it makes me want to cozy up on my couch under a blanklet and knit sweaters, scarves, gloves & more.

Last night’s knitting movie was toothless, aka How to Train Your Dragon.  It’s my new feel-good happy movie, and Toothless is my new desktop image as a result.  Is it just me or doesn’t this movie make you want to have a ‘toothless’ pet dragon all for yourself!?  He’s just so cute!

I hope to finish this scarf sometime next week *crosses-fingers* because I have to cast on for another project asap, for my friend who’s having her first baby, but we’ll see.  I, sadly, always underestimate the timing on all of my crafty projects….  But here’s hoping.

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