Saturday, 9 February 2013

Knitting and rugby...

...make a good opportunity to work on a scarf for myself!

The Six Nations 2013 rugby competition started last Saturday, so I took the chance to work on my Chinook Scarf while I watched my national side lose bravely (if somewhat predictably) to the English last week, then comfortably beat the Italians today.  It's turning into an interesting competition this year: by the end of tomorrow there should be 4 teams with one win each, the French with no wins (surprisingly) and either the English or Irish with 2 wins.  It's wide open at the moment which makes for fun viewing.

The side-benefit of this is that I completed my second stash-busting project during today's match.  This was a scarf pattern for some Silk Blend I'd bought a couple of years ago then not been able to match to the "perfect" project...

The pattern is fairly simple, but had some interesting touches.
- This was my first built-in i-cord edging and I did like the way this neatened up the edge and added to the sense of quality.
- The lace border took me a few repeats to get into my head but then was a fun start/finish for the rows.
- And the stocking stitch body made for a nice mindless section (perfect for during a good rugby match).

It needs blocking I think, although I'm not sure how I'll do this yet - the i-cord edging is lovely but could be a bit tricky for pinning out evenly.

I wasn't sure at first if I was going to like the finished result, but when I tried it on this afternoon I was very pleased.  It isn't too big but should be a cosy, pretty addition when the weather's a little chilly (which is quite frequent around here!)

This is a wee bit late for Tami's FO Friday, but I don't really want to wait another 2 weeks (I won't be able to get online next Friday) so I'm going to sneak my link in to yesterday's post.  Well, better late than never!

And for the Stash-Buster 2013 Challenge... this is project number 2 and has used up 100g of a lovely soft yarn.

Project 3 (BSJ) has also been growing during the rugby-viewing, and I'm looking at ideas for the next bit of my stash to be busted.  More to follow once inspiration strikes...


  1. What beautiful colours it looks lovely and soft too! Sometimes you just have to wait for the right pattern to match that special yarn!
    Ali x

  2. Just seen this Lorna it's lovely and thank you for leaving the number of grams. I will display it in the review on Thursday. :)

    1. Thank you :o)

      I've been too busy knitting to blog much this week, but I hope to do a summary tomorrow (there's another rugby match to enjoy!)

      I think I'll have used about 350g by the end of February, but it depends if I can finish another WIP in time.

  3. Lovely pattern and the colour of the yarn is wonderful! Elisabeth x

    1. Thank you - I enjoyed this one, and I've been wearing the scarf at work on a couple of days this week. I do like being able to use something I've made myself!

    2. That's the best feeling isn't it? :)
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