Friday, March 09, 2007

Fiber Friday - Chevron Scarf

I've wanted to knit the Chevron Scarf from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts from the time I originally bought the book. The pattern calls for a total of four skeins of Koigu in two different colors. I've never found the right combination, but it is one of those projects I kept in the back of my mind when out yarn shopping. I just knew that one time i would find the perfect yarn.

Well, I found a great combination back in January while reading blogs. Apparently I wasn't the only one either. There is now a Chevron Scarf Flikr Group for everyone knitting this scarf. The first picture in the group shows a close-up of the scarf that I originally saw and decided to copy. Everyone is coming up with some great color combinations, so it would be really hard to choose if I hadn't already bought these two colors.

The colors that will become my Chevron scarf are Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock (STR) in Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline. These skein are medium weight and each one is approximately 380 yards / 5.5 oz. This picture is the Watermelon Tourmaline. Farmhouse is the color in the top photo.

I'm planning a trip to see my mom in April and I think this will make a nice compact project for traveling. I had actually planned to look for some yarn for this scarf on that trip. She lives in Indianapolis and there is a really great store there that I visited last visit. There is also a new store I haven't been to yet. Now I'll just have to look for something else.

If you want to knit the same thing out of medium weight STR, you'll have to wait until the first week of April to get the yarn. Blue Moon is completely sold out of all medium weight until then. I'm glad I called and ordered this when I first saw the picture.

This last picture is the Farmhouse color again. I played around with the positioning of the skein. It was hanging off a white box against my white background. With a little photo editing, I was able to make the background completely disappear.

Last week Lazuli asked how I avoid shadows in the yarn photos. I always try to "light" the picture with a lot of extra lights. I try to not depend on the light of the flash for much at all. I use overhead lights and any nearby lamps or even one of my husband's work lights from the garage. You do have to be careful of placement of the lights to avoid shadows. For me it is really just a lot of trial and error until it looks right. And I take lots of pictures; I end up deleting a lot of bad pictures for every good one.

13 comments:

Angela said...

Shannon, that is totally cool! Thanks for sharing the link to this flickr group. I've always wanted a scarf like that. Had no idea you could use two different skeins of hand-dyed. Medium weight malabrigo might work well for this project, too. Glad you got your STR yarn. I think the colors you picked will be gorgeous. How do you decide what's going to be nice together. I can't wrap my brain around that...seem it'd be a little confusing:)

Christy said...

It will be so beautiful. I'm so in lust with those scarves

Bezzie said...

Very pretty...I'll have to check out that flikr pool.
Don't you love the digital age? I love being able to take a ton of photos and delete the crappy ones!

cpurl17 said...

The chevron scarf is going to be gorrrrrrrgeous!

(Thanks for the photo tips!!)

Monika said...

I have the book and loved the scarf. I've cast on one, but the yarn I've chosen was not right at all. Didn't get back to it. Maybe some day. Gorgeous yarn you've got there! ;o)

Mom said...

Farmhouse color is truly regal. I've always liked those deep jewel tones. Can't wait to see it in person in April!! Yea! Yea!

Zonda said...

Gorgeous!!! That'll be a great looking scarf! Good portable project!

Mintyfresh said...

Those skeins are gorgeous--they're going to make an incredibly Chevron scarf. I had lunch opposite one today (with doggedknits) and it really is an amazing pattern.

Ava said...

Really nice pictures. You're getting really good with that new camera!

Like the yarn too. I'll be casting on for a Chevron scarf soon.

Jessica said...

okay so you and not hip have made me want to knit this scarf. Thanks for adding something else to my list! ;D

I love the colors you chose and can't wait to see the WIP. I ALSO can't wait for your clap pics!

Bobbi said...

that is some gorgeous yarn! And thanks for the picture taking tips!

Stacie said...

wow! I got sidetracked on the link to the scarf group... such purdy colors!!! I love it! And those colors you chose... I can't wait to see it! Love the post below with the water baloons! Great camera!!

Bufanditas said...

Beautiful colors!!! I crave the watermelon!