The advantage of getting involved in Ravelry for me is the unlimited resources–seeing what people do with yarns I have in my stash or yarns people used in patterns I am interested in casting on and/or modification people have incorporated. Just overnight, I have 19 friends and am in 18 groups! Ooooh, did I mention the LIBRARY feature? In an afternoon, I uploaded only the books I have in sight/within reach–yikes, I wouldn’t have a clue I am a book junkie until now–when you click on a book, it shows you all the projects people have done out of patterns in that book. How cool is that!
Enough about my new addiction…I have been truly inspired to venture out on a few techniques I have been interested in shadow knitting–modular, domino, stranded, Jacquard, two-color knitting are all the same. It is not new to me but I want to expand in the scope of designing and my color palette. As a starter, I finished this COOL, fun scarf.
Pattern – Zigzag Scarf from Knitting New Scarves
Yarn – one skein of Patons Rumor and 2/3 skein of Nuance
Needles – US Size 5
Modification – Unlike the pattern, I knitted both ends of my scarf the same (with fish tail) for balance.
Took me – Less than a week
Comments – A great, fun, and easy-to-memorize, mindless TV knitting or knitting-to-go pattern. It makes a terrific gift that can be knitted up easily in a day.
This scarf creates an optical illusion, with one zigzag hidden behind the other, using Intarsia technique. I chose (actually my daughter did by default–she is a natural in coordinating color and fiber) two yarns that offered very subtle change but with textural differences. The yarns were knitted in a scarf Daughter #1 has started months ago…I got tired of looking at it everyday so I tinked (K-N-I-T spelled backward; much kinder word than frogged) little she knitted and put them to great use as you see here. I tell you what: a skein of Patons Rumor and Nuance never looked so fetchin’! Nuance is not a yarn I personally would pick for any of my project-–just to show you there is always something I can learn from a 12-year-old artist!
I’ll be making a triple-column zigzag table runner for my dining table. Meanwhile, I need to ponder on color and yarn to use–subtle or contrast, one color or variegated…there are many different options playing in my head. Part of the fun in making this project is picking out complementary colors and watching them move to and fro. Stay tuned to see how they will evolve. I’m getting excited just thinking about them.
Here is an appetizer for your tasting: