Hello! This will be a super-quick post today as I am working. I was working till late last night too so I have not had a chance to sew up the second Simplicity 7308 skirt that I have cut out and was planning to make yesterday. Buggeration! I am using fabric that has been in my stash for about 12 years.
Do you read the 'Did You Make That" blog? If so then you will be following the lovely Karen Ball's brilliant fund raising online event for the National Literacy Trust, the Made Up Initiative. The idea was to donate to her Just Giving page and pledge to make up an item by the 10th September. I pledged to knit up a scarf using my hand dyed wool and I did!
I used a free pattern that I found on Ravelry. It is the Emerald Isle cowl pattern from Linda Dawkins and can be found on the Natural Suburbia website. This is a quick easy pattern but boy did I mess it up. I had to rip it down twice as I got completely lost and kept knitting the wrong rows. Always happens when you are in a hurry. Tsk.
I made a couple of alterations to the pattern, I cast on 200 stitches to make it a bit longer. Good thing I did as I can barely loop this it is so not stretchy and I used 150g of yarn rather than the recommended 100g - I like my scarfs chunky. The bamboo yarn I used was not at all springy and stretchy like wool is so I think that I would use a different yarn type next time I knit it. It is a lovely pattern and one that you would be able to see better in a less variegated colour way. Haven't had time to wash and block this yet so I think that the pattern may stand out more after that.
In keeping with the Irish theme I have called this scarf "Fómhar", which translates as "Autumn", as the colours remind me of fallen leaves. It is a bit less red in real life.
Anyway, thanks to Karen for the kick up the **** and for organising such a great fundraiser. Books are my friends, teachers and constant companions. I just can't imagine how poor life would be without being able to read.
On that note I had better go look busy. Have a fabulous week, lovelies!