Thursday, October 12, 2006

International Scarf Exchange Swap - Finished!

I finished the scarf, I stopped at 65 inches and it stretched to 70 after blocking. I used Cascade 220, doubled stranded. It took two skeins. The pattern is from one of my favorite books, Oddball Knitting by Barbara Albright. Ever see it?

I'll show you the different 'finishing' phases after the knitting was all done.

The pattern stitch, a diamond motif, is bordered by 4 garter stitches on each side. It still curled.

I used to use expensive wool washes then I read in the Morehouse Farms book an interesting article about washing wool, the whole science of it. Regular dishwashing liquid, is all you need according to them.

I don't have a blocking board. I just lay out old towels and pin my wet projects to the floor and hope it'll dry before one of the children trips over it.

I'm not going to show you the completed scarf. I don't want to totally ruin the surprise for the recipient. You can check with the ISE blog for more on the scarf's travels.


Calling Kahlo said...

Very nice. I thought it even looked nice unblocked almost cable like.

Patricia said...

Too cute, matching lavender soap to go with scarf!

Heidi said...

I have one word....gorgeous!!! Love the colour, it's so darn pretty! I've switched to dish liquid too.

sturdygirl said...

that lace motif really opened up in the blocking! re: dishwashing liquid - i'm glad it works, 'cause it's so much cheaper and easier to find than eucalan, etc.

Whimsical Knitting said...

It's gorgeous!!

Stephanie said...

that's it --- I'm switching to dishwashing liquid too!

By the wya, I love reading your blog.