After the Vacation
After those last few posts I'm sure you'll forgive the postless days that followed. But it does mean that I am still nearly a month behind in my blogging. So hang on, because I intend to get completely caught up before I hit Publish on this one. But keep reading and you get a free pattern!
I arrived home from Nova Scotia Sunday afternoon. Monday was a blur of errand-running and packing that extended into the wee hours of Tuesday morning. After a few hours of sleep for me and none for my son it was off to the airport to bid him a tearful farewell as he set out westward, on his way to China for a couple of years. It was only after returning from the airport that I saw the note he had left on the whiteboard. (Unrelated drawing by younger sister.)
I was supposed to return to work that day but I was too tired and sad and took the day off. That only left a 3-day work week which should have been a breeze except that this guy decided that while he was out in British Columbia looking at this he might as well make a completely unrelated announcement about the program I work on. This threw our communications people into Full-blown Tizzy mode as they frantically turned to us to check over their final media lines, especially the numbers. In this program all the numbers belong to me, and they had them wrong. They took a lot of convincing before they would believe that the numbers someone else had approved (during the week I was in NS) were wrong and that the ones I was giving them mere hours before the Minister was to speak, were right. Sheesh.
So it wasn't an easy week, even though it was a short one. But the good part was that the next week I was on leave again, and with my regular Monday's off that meant 10 days away from the office. Woo hoo! Apart from boring cleaning-up-the-house-and-yard stuff, can you guess what I did?
Click here to find the whole photo set. Ben, that last one is for you.
They are not captioned yet, so here is the short version:
I spun two roughly equal (25 g and 28 g) cops, wound them into balls, plied them on the spindle, skeined it using my new "knitty-nutty" (2 of them actually), washed it, let it dry, wound it into a ball, and knit (so far) one cozy wrist warmer for myself. Yes, there is plenty of the 50 g total left for a second one.
But for the moment both the second wrist warmer and the second Opal sock (mentioned in my last post) have been abandoned in favour of a red scarf.
This is now the third scarf I have "designed" using the Long Swatch With Decorative Selvedge (LSWDS) protocol. Examples of the other two are here and here (scroll down). The stitch pattern looks like a rib or a variation of brioche stitch but in fact it is a simple variation of garter stitch. That's right. No purling required and it is completely reversible. I stumbled across the pattern on page 21 of A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara G. Walker, where it was given the (I think) unattractive name "Cartridge-Belt Rib".
Not to worry, I have come up with a much better name for it and because I want everyone to have as much fun knitting one as I am having, here is the pattern. I give you ... (use best Arnold Schwarzenegger impression here) ...
Edited to add: I've changed the pattern name slightly, from Corrugarter to Corrugator, because Norma kept calling it that, and then I kept calling it that, and well, you know... I've also tweaked the instructions a bit and added instructions for a worsted weight version. Eventually I will figure out how to put a PDF in the side bar, but for now here is the revised pattern.
The Corrugator â€“ A Corrugated Garter Stitch Scarf
by Paula Smith
Yarn: Whatever you think would make a nice scarf. Instructions are given here for fingering weight and, in brackets, worsted weight. How much? I used 215 g of Fleece Artist Superwash Merino (fingering weight) and ended up with a 2.2 m (7 ft) scarf, and 170 g of Caron Simply Soft Shadows, an acrylic worsted weight resulted in a scarf that was 1.7 m (68 in). Both scarves were about 15 cm (6 in) wide.
Needles: Swatch to get the drape you like. I used 3.75 [5.00] mm.
Cast on 37  stitches. (You can increase or decrease this number in multiples of 4, e.g. 29, 33, 41, 45).
NOTE: ON EVERY ROW you will be slipping the first stitch purlwise (i.e. as if to purl, with yarn in front, and then bringing the yarn to the back before knitting the next stitch). You will also be knitting the last stitch. This makes the decorative selvedge.
Pattern row 1: Slip 1 purlwise, K3, * yarn forward, slip 1 purlwise, yarn back, K3 *. Repeat from * to *. End with K1.
Pattern row 2: Slip 1 purlwise, K1, * yarn forward, slip one purlwise, yarn back, K3 *. Repeat from * to *. End with yarn forward, slip one purlwise, yarn back, K2.
Repeat these 2 rows until scarf is desired length. Bind off in pattern (yes, even slipping the slipped stitches).
Now go knit scarves. I'll be back.