Wednesday, April 09, 2008


This morning, I went on my first bike ride since the flu and though I was weak and coughing a lot, it felt good to be outside in the relatively warm, 44 degree weather. The sun was shining for most of my ride except along the beaches where it was gray, foggy and colder. There was a lot of spray in the air and I could taste the salt. I kept the ride short, just shy of 16 miles and an easy pace, averaging just 14mph overall. It's going to take awhile to get my energy and lung capacity back.

I've had a pretty skein of Mountain Colors Weavers Wool Quarters in colorway Ruby River in my stash for awhile. I've intended to knit something small like a scarf, or socks or gloves with it, but wasn't sure what pattern to use. In looking for ideas on Ravelry, I noticed the Branching Out scarf pattern. Although it's usually done in a solid color, I thought my yarn would make it look like autumn leaves. I like my idea in theory, but I'm not sure about how it's turning out in reality. Is the variegation just too much with the pattern? Will blocking make it work? I don't hate it, I'm just not sure it's going to be desirable enough to merit all the hours of knitting. (The color is a bit off in these photos as my camera just can't seem to cope with some shades of red.)

It's about 9 inches long in these pictures. I like knitting it well enough, although I haven't managed to memorize the order of the stitches yet. It's become familiar to me, but I still have to frequently glance at the chart.

Robin, the hostess of the Knitting Lingerie Style Along, sent me a prize for posting pictures of my finished shaped lace tee on the KAL's blog! It is Milinda by Joan McGowan-Michael.

It was really fun getting a knitting treat in the mail!


Kristen said...

A 'bad' day of biking for you equals my best days, heh heh!
The scarf pattern looks very different than the original solid color. Can you block what you have so far to see if the lace pattern will stand out more?

knitseashore said...

It is a tough thing to decide. The variegated yarns are so pretty! I guess it depends on what you want to be more visible, the colors or the pattern. If you really want the leaves to show, a solid yarn would be better. If it's more about the yarn, then the pattern doesn't matter so much, and like Kristen said, maybe blocking will help accentuate the lacy effect.

heather t said...

OOH, I've been to that White Lies Designs web site - they have some pretty stuff!

I like the varigated yarn.

belaybunny said...

Glad you're feeling better and got out on your bike. Mine is still in the garage due to the rubbish weather!! I like how your branching out scarf is looking, and the fingerless mitts you knit are very pretty. Oh, and the crochet books are all in japanese with no english, but they have good charts/diagrams which I'm hoping to follow withouth too much trouble!!

Devorah said...

Try not to over do it. This flu is a bad one and lingers for a while. Feel better!