Monday, July 09, 2007

Zed is for Zig Zag

Finally posting about this puppy!

pattern: Chevron scarf from last minute knitted gifts
needles: bamboo straights
yarn: Koigu! kpppm -painter's palette premium 100% merino in colours 854 & 519

I love this scarf, and it was a super simple pattern. I really didn't love the actual knitting though, it felt like it was taking forever to grow, what with the small sock yarn and small-ish needles. But koigu, much like the fleece artist merino sock yarn is a dream to use. Every stitch looks perfect all the time.

My begrudgingly handsome model:

I was also super happy with my colour choices in the end, so thanks to all of you that weighed in :) They really seemed to flow together well, and I was surprised as I went on how the colours developped. I really didn't seem to have a lot of the colours "pooling" issues that I saw others complaining about over in the Chevron flickr pool.

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It needed a good blocking to get some of the curling out of it, and I couldn't understand why I was a few inches shy of what the finished measurements were supposed to be (again resolved with blocking...) until I re-read the pattern and realized it actually called for TWO skeins of BOTH colours. Say what? Man if I felt like it was taking long before, I can't imagine what doing double would have felt like. Oh wait, yes I can --my own personal hell. So really, I don't understand the point. One skein of each was fine for me, it seems kind of pointless to buy two more when I was only about two inches off the mark in the end. Particularly when you'd then be stuck with two not-quite-complete skeins of mis-matched koigu. As it was I bought that yarn on ebay so I wasn't about to go hunting for more of it.

I'll probably get a lot of wear out of this scarf this year...if nothing else I'll have a big new selection of scarves to start choosing from this fall!


Anonymous said...

The scarf looks great. Love the colorways.

Reckless Glue said...


Virtuous said...

VERY nice!

I love how you are wearing it as a headscarf (literally!)

Reckless Glue said...

that's not's the photo from the book!

Miss Muffy said...

Do you realize your last 4 post are FO's? WTF lady? Have you given up sleeping for knitting?

(oh - love the scarf though!)

Reckless Glue said...

haha --I actually feel like I'm knitting way less than I used to! (summer laziness) I think it's just stuff that was all on the go for a while, and has been done for a while, and it just got done all around the same time and I'm just posting it all at once. I swear! also, there's no sweaters or big projects being posted...
yeah I dunno what's up with that. All of a sudden I seem to be knitting faster and the mistakes I do make aren't a nightmare to fix. knock wood. OR I'm keeping enough projects "on the go" that one is always being finished somehow, if that make sense.
also I've given up sleep-walking for sleep-knitting, so when I wake up in the morning, my hands are sore but there's an F.O by the bed and I can't remember how it happened. Nat says it's really creepy though.