Monday, January 21, 2008

FO: Let's Make A Deal!

FO: ZigZag Scarf - frontI was determined not to do it. After all, it's something that I'd avoided for at least 3 or 4 years but this time was different. This time, the cold winds got the best of my usually overly-warm radiant heating system. This time, I found myself wearing three layers and two pairs of socks to bed.

Friends, it was time to turn on the heat! I also found myself longing to start a new pair of socks. The only way I would concede defeat to the weather and my "new sock" desires? I had to finish at least one WIP.

I chose the ZigZag Scarf from "Knitting New Scarves".

zigzag scarf finished Details
ZigZag pattern, page 122
2 skeins Cascade 128
Size 10.5 US needles
Finished dimensions 6" x 58"

The most complicated thing about this scarf was the intarsia, or color-block knitting. As you know, with any multi-skein technique, there is a tendency for yarn and knitting to get tangled around one another - even if you carefully twist one yarn under and over the other as you carry it along. As the scarf got longer, I threw it over my left shoulder to keep it out of the way. I also tried to remember to turn my work only one of two ways as I worked right and wrong side rows. Not perfect, but it really did help minimize the twist-up.

Will I knit this pattern again? Oh, it's quite likely I will. Part of the fun of this is picking interesting color pairs and watching them intertwine with one another.

I said something about a sock, didn't I. I'm calling it Chewy Monkey. Relax. It's the "everybody's-done-at-least-one" Monkey, knitting up quite beautifully in Chewy Spaghetti sock yarn. Yum!

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Blogger Leslie said...

What, no heat until now? Brrr. I wouldn't have made it this long. Get goin' on those socks!

1/21/2008 02:29:00 PM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Yay for Monkey socks! You'll love the pattern, honestly. There's a reason that everyone and their sister's knit some. :) Hope the recovery is going well!

1/21/2008 02:48:00 PM  
Blogger Pirate Alice said...

you just now turned on your heat? I'd love to have a place that kept the heat in. my house is FREEZING! I keep turning the heat higher.

1/21/2008 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Jodi said...

You just turned on the heat NOW? It has been so cold in Chicago, I can't believe.

The scarf turned out really neat.

1/21/2008 03:23:00 PM  
Blogger KSee said...

Glad to hear that the scarf is a good knit. I have the book and this is one the todo list. Like the tweed.

1/21/2008 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

i LOVE that scarf! i just received my book in the mail. i can't wait to start one of them.

1/21/2008 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

That scarf looks so fun! Are Monkeys toe-up? If so, I'll have to try them.

1/21/2008 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger sweetfigs said...

You can't go wrong with those Chewy Monkeys.

Stay warm!

1/22/2008 06:09:00 AM  
Blogger Monika said...

Does not everybody go to be all bundled up with socks on? ;o)
The scarve is lovely. I like the colors.

1/22/2008 07:41:00 AM  
Blogger monica said...

You are very brave! We even have our heat on and you know it's not even near as cold here as it is there. The scarf is very cute!

1/22/2008 09:47:00 AM  
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1/22/2008 09:51:00 AM  
Blogger Two Cables and a Frapp said...

These scarves are oh-so-cute !!!

1/22/2008 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

So pretty! You did a great job, Karen. Have fun knitting your Chewy Monkeys!

1/22/2008 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Opal said...

Amazing! You *just* turned on your heat? You're a super woman! Your scarf is also amazing. I just love those warm earth tones. Can't wait to see the socks. I adore the name Chewy Monkey.

1/22/2008 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Pretty scarf! I can't believe you haven't had your heat on. Stay warm!

1/22/2008 07:33:00 PM  
Blogger KnitPastis said...

Thanks for letting us know about the Chewy Spaghetti sock yarn. I clicked over to check it out. Can't wait to see how it knits up.
Yeah, I am trying to finish up a few things too before knitting myself a pair of socks that are much needed:)

Your scarf looks so chic!

1/22/2008 09:09:00 PM  
Blogger WandaWoman said...

Love the scarf, that's beautiful!

1/23/2008 11:01:00 PM  
Blogger Tante J said...

Really smart! I think you've tempted me in to adding yet another Lynne Barr scarf to the queue! I'm even willing to face the evils of intarsia for this one!

1/24/2008 11:01:00 AM  

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