Friday, January 11, 2008

New Beginnings and 2008

2008. How did that happen? Seems like the Christmas holidays just flew by and winter, so far, has not been too bad. Temps in the 50's and just rain.

In between, we've just been adjusting to life in New Jersey again. Life, where you have to look twice at every corner, for a car is sure to be there. Runners, walkers, and wanderers seem to be at every corner and bend in the road. Never a parking spot near to the store entrance, and endless backups on the busy roads. Nothing changes in NJ. Only the tolls go higher and taxes never come down, but that's another conversation.

Just trying to finish up some projects which I've left lanquishing for far too long. A couple of furry scarfs to go to my favorite little charity in Montana and a pretty purple wrap which I plan on giving to a friend when she visits me in 2 weeks from Germany. Bremen, Germany. She's never been to the states before, and I've never been to Germany before, but this year will change all that! She's coming here this month, and before December comes and goes, I'll be overseas, too.

Once my purple masterpiece is finished, I'll post it here, so keep a lookout!

One end-of-year project that I did finish, I call the Astrid scarf. Named for another friend in Germany! See what happens when you all find each other, all in the name of good rock music?! Astrid was so helpful in getting me an autograph from one of my favorite UK singers, who sings in Germany too, that I just had to knit her something special! And here it is!

The Astrid Scarf
Patons “Brilliant” Yarn
Gold Glow – 2 skeins
Black Dazzle – 2 skeins
Size 9 needles.
Cable needle

With black, cast on 46 sts
Row 1 – and all odd numbered rows – (WS) K1, p2, k2, *p1, k2, p2, k2, p1, k2, p2, k2;
repeat from * , end last rep k1.
Rows, 2, 6 and 10 - P1, k2, p2, * k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, k2, p2, repeat from * to end,
end last rep p1.
Rows 4 and 8 - P1, skip 1 st, k next st and keep on needle, k the skipped st, drop both sts from
left needle- a 2 st twist – p2, *k1, p2, k2, p2, k1, p2, twist 2 sts as before, p2; rep from * to end,
last rep p1.
Row 12 – P1, twist 2, p2, * sl next 4 sts to cable hook, hold at back, k1, p2, k1, then k1, p2, k1 from cable needle – a cable twist, p2; rep from *, end last rep p1.
Repeat these 12 rows 5 x's more, change to gold yarn.
Purl one row.
Rows 13 and 21 – (RS) Purl.
Rows 14 and 22 – Knit.
Rows 15, 17 and 19 – K3, * with yarn at back, sl 2 sts as to p, k4; rep from *, end last rep k3.
Rows 16, 18 and 20 - P3, * with yarn at front, sl 2 sts as to p, p4; rep from *, end last rep p3.
Rows 23, 25 and 27 – K1, * with yarn at back, sl 1, k4, sl 1; rep from *, end k1.
Rows 24 and 26 - P1, * with yarn at front, sl 1, p4, sl 1; rep from *, end p1.
Row 28 – Same as row 24.
Repeat rows 13 thru 28 5 x's more, change to black yarn.
Repeat pattern to desired length. Bind off all stitches.

So easy to knit, and it came out so nice and looks very elegant!

So, in between the raindrops and maybe snowflakes, as we go, I have a lot of knitting to do!

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