Sunday, January 27, 2013


Last night, I finished the Spectra Scarf I've been working on this month. My mother-in-law was in town, and I worked furiously to get it done so I could give it to her before she left. I had to try and hide a smile when she complimented it, because up until the last minute, she didn't know I had been making it for her all along.

I could have gone a bit further, I suppose, but I'd reached the length directed in the pattern, and I didn't think I'd have enough of the darker background color to get around to the lighter green in the ombré yarn, anyway. It seemed like a good stopping place.

Technically, this yarn isn't quite ombré dyed. As you can see toward the bottom, the yarn goes back and forth between dark turquoise and dark green a few times before settling out -- much different than the gradual shift between shades of turquoise. Which makes sense when I think of it. The earlier color-shift is more one of intensity rather than a total change of color. But since they're such dark colors, it's not too jarring, I think.

Carolyn loves it, and I think it looks great on her. Plus she had just the outfit today to set it off perfectly. Too bad it's in the upper 70s outside. Let's hope her meeting takes place today in a typically Texas over-air-conditioned hotel.

So, what to knit next? I don't really have anything speaking to me right now, but I did run across some bluish-green(!) Alpaca lace-weight that I got in a yarn swap a while back. I'm thinking of something shawl-like that can be made in the neighborhood of 800 yards. I'm going to spend some time today digging through Ravelry and some of my books for ideas, but if anyone out there has some suggestions, let me know.


  1. This looks great. Bravo! I still haven't even wound my yarn!

  2. Looks like Jeff's mother cleverly wore the perfect outfit for your scarf! Looks amazing.

  3. Love your Spectra. Hoping you can help with mine, on the wrap stich you turn and slip it to the right needle without knitting is this correct ? I am confused as th patern has 40 stiches so if I slip the first knit 39 there is no stich left to wrap?

  4. Anonymous --

    Not sure I understand, but note that you will always have 40 stitches on the needle. On the ends of the rows, you slip the last stitch, but then you always knit it after you turn the work. These stitches at the ends of each row are never wrapped.

    The stitches that are both wrapped and slipped only happen in the middle of the rows.