Archives for category: Scarves

Well I’ve been somewhat of a knitting schizophrenic lately, working on all sorts of little projects intermittently between my larger chunks of movie knitting, which have been religiously devoted to The Pi Shawl. It’s good though because now I’ll have at least a few small things to dole out from underneath my gigantic icelandic lace blanket come Christmas.


Concerning the Pi Shawl, there’s not a whole lot to say other than that I’m still enamoured and that it has already reached gigantic proportions – certainly much too large for photographs (there’s a lot of fabric not shown in the photo above). The most amazing news is that I’m only halfway through the yarn. Although the project couldn’t be more perfect for my lifestyle right now, it isn’t a superstar for blog material. Good thing for you I have a few other instant-gratification-types to share.

Compelled to Knit

Above we have the beginnings of an aviator hat with this handspun merino; Below a garter stitch scarf in one of my favorite handspuns yet. I swatched about 80 different stitch patterns in search for something perfect for this scarf and ended up *surprise surprise* with garter stitch. Such is my curse. I should just resign myself to the power of garter already and be done with this incessant wandering.

Espresso Knitting

And finally, Koolhaas III has made its way onto my needles. I’ve seen so many of you knitting the pattern in Malabrigo and I just had to try it myself. It’s a thick squishy poof of cables and I’m loving it.

The Third

I’m not usually one for knitting a pattern twice (and especially not thrice) but the request for this came with such sincere sweetness that I couldn’t resist. I’m also happy for opportunities to nip away at the cavernous yarn storage under the bed. Take it where you can get it.

I’m rather excited that it’s December in spite of the fact that the last month seems a blur. Good thing we have knitting to remind ourselves that good things do happen each month. I hope you are all doing well. Next time: knitted Christmas ornaments and more handspun creations. Stay warm!

This one is sort of a drop-in-the-bucket as far as projects are concerned, but so beautiful in it’s simplicity that I figured it deserved a little slice of blog space. I don’t get a chance to work with yarn as beautiful ($$$) as Iro everyday, so this was an absolute treat and went all too quickly.

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Pattern: Generic Garter Stitch Scarf (17 sts in width)
Materials: NoroIro in shade #47
Amount: 2 full hanks; 200 g/262 yds
Needles: US 11/8mm

Start and End Date: 12 April 2007 (I couldn’t stop)


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Let me tell you this was one sweet fiber to work with – this is one occasion where the speed of knitting was actually unpleasant. In the end I definitely wished I had more to knit with! This is the second installment of that Noro binge I went on back in March. Don’t worry though, this is it for Noro Scarves – the ‘Tweed isn’t scheduled for a self-striping-yarn takeover. This year. In truth, with all the garter stitch delight going on backstage, everything else is residing in temporary obscurity.

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I have the day off tomorrow, so this is my ‘Friday‘ post. I tend to prefer something simple and easy on the eyes to wrap up the week, when I’m so fried even blog reading can be a chore. We’re getting out of the city and spending the weekend upstate (in Rhinebeck of all places), so I hope to have a lot to show you next week, including a proper Adult-Tomten update (the love affair continues). My partner-in-crime is on vacation so I’m trying not to go overkill on the Tomten. It’s called a knit-along after all, even if it is just the two of us. (Hope you’re enjoying Ireland)

I have something pretty great (!!!) keeping me busy though… more on that later.
Be sure to drink your morning coffee and enjoy your weekend knitting.

I know I’ve said it before, but there are some projects that I think I enjoy photographing even more than knitting (we’re splitting hairs here, but there it is). This scarf is surely one of them – and this post is so photo heavy, I doubt the text will be able to hold its own.

Noro Scarf X

Pattern: Generic 1×1 Ribbed Striped Scarf (See details below)
Materials: Noro Silk Garden; 45 silk | 45 kid mohair | 10 lambswool
Amount: 4 balls in total in Shades 201 (2 balls), 234, and 86; Approx. 440yds/200g
Needles: US 7/4.5 mm KnitPicks Options
Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 inches in width and just over 6 feet in length, unblocked

Start Date: 6 April 2007
Finish Date: 25 April 2007

Noro Scarf II

Manually striping Noro is a classic trick done by many a knitter before me – just check out all the beauties over on Flickr. I admit to spending a good amount of time appreciating all the interesting variations on the same theme for quite some time before taking the plunge myself. For full disclosure, this one sent me over the edge.

Noro Scarf V

I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails about this scarf so I thought I’d throw out all the details – if it’s too much for you, feel free to gloss over this section and rest your eyes on the hypnotic color changes. Noro is good like that.

The scarf is worked over an odd number of stitches in 1×1 ribbing which, in my opinion has two big benefits: the scarf is reversible and behaves very well (no curling) while also plumping up into a thick fabric that will look suspiciously like stockinette if you leave it unblocked. I cast on 39 stitches using US7/4.5mm needles to get a width of about 5.5 inches. On scarves of this nature I prefer to work a slipped stitch edging which adds a nice, polished touch and perfectly hides the working yarn as you carry it up the sides whilst striping to your heart’s content. I worked two-row stripes using two different colorways of Silk Garden, slipping (purlwise) the first and last stitch on the second row of every stripe.

Noro Scarf IV

Colorways: I can appreciate all the amazing colors that Noro hits out of the ballpark, but in general wouldn’t wear most of them. They’re pretty bold. Lucky for me, Noro makes a few colorways that are toned down a bit but retain their luscious, tasteful, saturated quality that the knitter in me is drawn to. Not to mention the texture, which will slay me every time.

I used a total of 4 balls of Silk Garden (which will land this scarf in the $40-45 price range if you buy full price retail. A bit pricey for a scarf but … so … beautiful… ) in three different shades.

Noro Scarf VI

Two of the four balls of yarn I used were shade #201 which is a nice mix of deep blue-blacks, marine blues, silvery greys with a little purple shock thrown in to keep things interesting. See them pre-knitting here. I striped 201 throughout the entire length of the scarf with Silk Garden #234 and #86, two colorways that to me are rather similar. Main colors in both are understated and elegant crimsons, golds and blues, with lots of cool and warm grey tones in between. In their current configuration you can scarcely tell that they’re from two different color families. Pre-knitted cakes of 234 here and 86 here.

Noro Scarf VIII Noro Scarf I Noro Scarf VII

I’m not sure there’s much else to say about the knitting – it feels a little like cheating working such an easy, mindless process and ending up with such a stunning result. The benefits of a quality fiber (and dye job) have never been more apparent.

Noro Scarf III

With spring upon us and summer approaching, I’ll take what few opportunities I can to throw this thing on, but for the next couple of months I’m happy to call it wall-art in my apartment.

Noro Scarf IX

Happy Monday, one and all.

Well. It’s been almost a week and I am still completely beside myself from the flattering, generous, and passionate responses you have all been so kind to leave concerning the Aran Cardigan. My very very sincere thanks to all of you. It is absolutely inspiring to have the opportunity to share work with a burgeoning community of artists and appreciators. I’ve been completely blown away. Honestly. Thank you.

And in the wake of a complete project of such substantial measure, I’ve been floundering a bit. I’m stuck with a pesky urge to be immediately immersed in the process of something deep and engaging again, while at the same time feeling semi brain dead, busy (tired) and unable to muster the energy or time to assemble a cohesive plan for the next big thing.

Neither of these factors, however, offers a cure to my ever-itchy fingers, and instead of doing the obvious – hitting the works in progress pile – I’ve turned to another solution. Noro.

Noro Scarf Beginnings

The texture. The color. The fiber. The brilliant tendency towards hypnosis. (The Knit Happens sale that changed my life.) All things working in my favor right now as I just sorta need my knitting to entertain me for a bit while I regroup.

Noro Begins

Now, I’ve never been one for Noro, and I’ve definitely never been wild about self striping. I actually bought the yarn with more of an intent to photograph it and appreciate it visually, because really, it stands alone as something beautiful, even unknit. But if the online knitting community is capable of consistently doing one thing for me, it’s chainging (without fail) my perception about things I didn’t think I liked. (Can you believe there was a period in my life where I didn’t like cables? Granted that was a long time ago, but still.)

Regardless of your preferences towards Noro, or self striping in general, no one can argue with the fact that this yarn is a veritable feast for the eyes. I’ve photographed my modest Noro horde and have many a cake sitting around the apartment making things a little more easy on the eyes. Click the photo below to see a bunch of pictures of my new yarn from Japan.

Silk Garden

And despite all my complaining about lack of a substantial project… I guess I’m not being completely honest. I kind of started a sweater last night. It’s from a pattern, so it is also functioning as a relaxation knit. I really just can’t keep the sweaters off the needles… oy.

Maybe you’re sick of seeing me photograph this Malabrigo… but some things can’t be helped.

Malabrigo Frank Ochre

I’m endlessly captivated in watching the form of a hefty yarn cake change as you work with it (WARNING:
former-art-student-gone-yarn-nerd alert!). There’s something seductively sculptural about Malabrigo – it must be the subtle thick and thin single combined with the all that saturation and color depth.

Happy Friday.

…that if you’re using great yarn, a scarf never gets boring. (Well, almost never.)

Shifting Sands Grows

I think the cable count is reaching into the thousands… and that’s great! Shifting Sands measures somewhere around 4 feet presently and is slated for just over 6. Over the holidays, this was the project I worked on when I was sick of shaping/counting/pattern writing, etc. or at least the knitting I worked on when I was too full of holiday grub to think about anything else. I probably won’t add fringe but will need to come up with something creative to cure the curl at each end (I have one idea that may work).

[if continued exposure to photos of ‘Shifting Sands’ has finally made you cave, the pattern is located here]

In a desperate attempt for sanity I started a scarf. Maybe… 3 inches has been produced? Will I touch it for another month? We can hope, but probably not. It’s a loosely plied yak/merino blend from School Products that I’ve been itching to use since I splurged on it last winter. If you’ve never knit with yak, I say treat yourself to a small project. You’ll be glad you did.

A Honeycomb Begins

I’ve been shooting a lot of photos lately which has been nice. Winter light is hard to beat in my book (ironically, the photos below are unnaturally lit…sorry. I’m not on top of my game). And because I know you here are the only ones who will dig it, I took some pictures of my roommate’s (machine-knit *hissss*) sweater because … well, you see why. It’s a real looker!

Lui's Gap Sweater 2 Lui's Gap Sweater 1
click for a better view

I’m flying to Washington in the middle of the night tonight and will be blissfully on holiday for the next 9 days. I couldn’t be happier. I’m sure to keep my seatmates warm with a huge blanket-like pile of red wool on the plane. I hope they don’t mind. As far as additional knitting, I have yet to do my strategic packing. There’s nothing worse than touching down on the opposite coast and realizing you forgot that trusty darning needle or your US 6 dpn’s (the ones you need to finish your sweater).

I’ll be brandishing a laptop and a nikon and knitting (all my favorite toys). I hope to post from Brooklyn Tweed Headquarters Washington, but for now let me say happy holidays and thanks again for all or your continued support. I really enjoy doing this here with you all. Wooly holidays for everyone!


Many of you have been inquiring about the yellow scarf that I showed you just a snippet of in my last post. To clarify, its Kathy’s new ‘Shifting Sands’ pattern – I just modified the number of stitches in the pattern to accommodate for a worsted (the pattern calls for sport weight).

Shifting Sands

I wasn’t sure how I would like this yarn for this pattern but as it turns out, I think it looks pretty perfect for what I had in mind. It adds a bit more thickness to the fabric which, as you know if you’ve already worked with malabrigo, is a wonderful thing.

I don’t have much more for you today – although I’m hoping to get a lot done this weekend and have lots of fodder for the tweedy fire next week. If we are lucky enough to get a sunny day, I may even have some finished sweater photos for you at the beginning of next week. Cross your fingers for a bath of natural light to wash over Brooklyn and save us all.

Aside: did anyone notice two random yarn lines appear all-of-a-sudden on the knitpicks website a little while ago? Listed as web specials with limited quantities? “Totem” is a worsted wool/modal blend (50/50) and “Salishan” is a wool/pima cotton (45/55). It seems they’re basically all snatched up (a few of the less desirable colors are still hanging around, i think). Intrigued, I threw in a ball of the “Salishan” on my last KP order.

KnitPicks Salishan

Anyone know what these yarns are all about? Maybe they’re testing out some new lines…? or I guess these could be really old lines they used to carry before I was hip to the KnitPicks scene? I’ll give you a report once I use it, although I don’t know how much good that will do, if the yarn is no longer available for purchase.

Have a good weekend. And please, knit.

I had to check the Tweed Archives to see when it was that I actually started this project. Turns out it was early April. wow. See, its not that this pattern wasn’t enjoyable or exciting – it definitely was, especially as scarves are concerned. But I’ve had some exciting distractions on the side keeping me away from it. the recent heat wave had one plus – it forced me to pull out a small project and work on it. and now i have this.

Forbes Forest 1

Pattern: Forbes Forest by Kathy Zimmerman
Source: Scarf Style from Interweave Press
Materials: KnitPicks Merino Style in ‘Moss’ (6 Balls)
Needles: US 6/4.25mm Bamboo Clover Circulars
Blocking Method: Immersion (to beat that nasty curl)
Start Date: 9 April 2006 (yeesh)
Completed: 20 July 2006


Forbes Forest 2

Modifications: added pattern repeats to add length. I used 6 balls of yarn, instead of the recommended 5. The curling was pretty bad, but a wet-block solved the problem. The finished measurements are large, we’re probably bordering on ‘stole’ status here, but it’ll keep me nice and warm during the frigid winter months when those inter-skyscraper gusts seem unbearable.
Forbes Forest 4 Forbes Forest 5
This project, not surprisingly, has been one of my favorites to photograph. The sculptural cabling is indulgent, and you can’t argue with that great green. My Work-In-Progress pile is dwindling down to two sweaters and nothing smaller. I’m waiting for that perfect fair-isle or lace project to jump out at me. any time now… come on. i’m waiting.

my brother (the photographer) and his new wife (the photographer) had the first leg of their honeymoon in new york and spent some time in brooklyn last night with me (the photographer). well, needless to say their lens collection makes the mouth water and i was playing with cameras and fiber all night. and there was coffee. lots and lots of coffee. this situation could be considered my own personal heaven. so i thought i’d share, as i know you all appreciate the yarn photos as i do….

i am always appreciating the ever-sculptural qualities of arans, and the Urban Aran made for some great shots. speaking fo the U.A. – i got to wear it yesterday. How crazy is this “June” weather we’ve been having? feels like seattle! (not that i’m complaining!)

Urban Aran Sleeve Detail

detail of sleeve panel
some gratuitous yarn photos – a 1.4 lens just calls out to all those freshly wound skeins in my stash. on the left we have one skein of rowan yorkshire tweed aran in ‘bramble’ and on the right: one skein araucania patagonia (gotta love that plied organic cotton) in ‘reds’ (#209).



and remember forbes forest? its pretty much in the exact place that i’ve left it. maybe 3 or 4 rows have been worked in the last month. i’m on too big of a sweater kick to really go back to this any time soon. hey, i’ve got the rest of the summer before i can even think about fall scarf weather. i got time. but it sure looks damn good in photos.

Forbes Detail

bobbles abounding.
thought i’d leave you with some nice eye candy for the end of the week. hope you enjoyed! i have the day off tomorrow, so… maybe jarrett blocking will commence? finally? i have a wonderful day-job that shifts over to 4-day work week during the summer … but keeps the same amount on my paycheck. sweet, aint it? bring on the extra knitting time. have a great weekend and say hi if you want!