Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Morning Surf Scarf

I just love the colors in this scarf. As I spinning the yarn I knew that it would not be in the stash very long before I started to use it in a project. I like how the yellow moves from orange to pink and back again to yellow. I liked all the colors in the roving - but it seems to look even better in the finished yarn to me. I really like how it held the color sections to make stripes.

I've being eyeing this pattern for awhile, really ever since I saw the handspun version on Smoking Hot Needles. I had just started to get interested in spinning when I saw this and figured it would be a good project once I was able to spin an appropriate yarn. I thought of this pattern as soon as I saw the roving. So I did spin the yarn with this pattern in mind.

The pattern was very easy to memorize and travelled well. I was able to put this into a small drawstring bag and carry it around with me until it was finished. It went quickly too - it probably helped that I was traveling for work and I was cooped up in hotels an airports. That is always conducive to easy knitting projects.

I like the wave appearance in the stitch pattern. It reminds me of the Lizard Ridge Afghan pattern I knit. The dropped stitches are nice and show off the handspun yarn very well. An added bonus is that the dropped stitches seem to help you get maximum length out of a skein of yarn for a scarf. I was very please that I was able to get this length, 65.5 inches, of scarf out of one skein of my handspun.

I did have to block the scarf to end up with the best finished length possible. I was hesitant to block it though because I liked the way everything looked unblocked. I blocked my chevron scarf and was actually sorry I did. But I wanted the extra length the blocking would give so I went ahead and blocked. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I like the finished project very much; in fact, I think I like it better blocked. It seems to show off the yarn a little better than it did before. I wish I had taken pictures before the blocking so I could compare it here.

Project Info

Pattern: Morning Surf Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer (Ravelry pattern link)
Yarn: Geddesburg Handspun Yarn
Skein weight - 4 ounces; 320 yards
WPI: 15 wraps per inch
Fiber: Corriedale
Dyed by Traveling Rhinos
Color: Cancun
Needles: addi TURBO Needles - US# 5 (3.75 mm)
Finished Measurements: 7 inches wide and 65.5 inches long
Notes: No pattern modifications

12 comments:

Esoteric Knitter said...

It's soooo pretty!! I agree with ya, the colors are fabulous.

bockstark.knits said...

you just convinced me to knit one. it is so gorgeous!

knittinginpink said...

Gorgeous scarf knit with beautiful handspun. Great pairing.

Lazuli said...

Wow, that's really gorgeous! What spinning technique did you use to get the colors to stay so consistent?

Bezzie said...

Beautiful! I thought lizard ridge too!!

Andi said...

It's beautiful! I love those colors! I'd been looking at this pattern for a while, now I have to find some gorgeous handspun to knit it.

Julie said...

Great job! I also thought of the lizard ridge when I saw it. The colors are perfect for this scarf.

Marie (knitti-me) said...

Gorgeous! I've been eyeing that pattern - now I have to knit it!

Karen said...

Beautiful scarf! I think I just found the pattern I need to knit with the Merino/Tencel blend I just finished. Your yarn is just gorgeous!

Tanja said...

Gorgeous!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

That is absolutely gorgeous!! Perfect pairing of your lovely handspun and a great pattern! Great job!

Ava said...

Very pretty! Was it easy to keep the dropped stitches even?