Gift #1

Late last year, I asked a big favor from three very busy people: letters of recommendation. I could have sent thank you notes, but decided I would make each person a handknit gift. Here’s the first one!


Mom was able to suss out that the recipient’s favorite color is green, and luckily, I had a lovely skein of green handdyed bamboo-merino sock yarn in stash ready to use. My original plan was to knit the Lace Ribbon Scarf (by Vernoik Avery, Knitty, Spring 2008). Moments before I cast on, however, I came across Isobel on Ravelry and loved the zig-zag movement of the stitches in the lace pattern, so I decided I would knit that instead.


During the first few repeats, I worried that I had made a mistake and that this pattern would be too boring or tedious to work. My progress was very slow during the first two days. But after that, something clicked, or I must’ve gotten into the "lace zone" and the scarf progressed very quickly.


I did add an extra repeat width-wise, because I worried that the scarf would be skinnier than I wanted (unblocked, it was about 5.5" wide). I also worked 33 repeats of the 12-row pattern for a total length of about 45". After a quick soak, I was able to pin out the scarf to about 7.5" wide by 61" long, just right for a modestly-sized scarf.


The eyelet edges, perfect for adding fringe, are just lovely on their own. This was such a fun, quick project, and the recipient loves it! Yay! :)


Pattern: “Isobel” by Jacquelynn Vance-Kuss, Yarn Zombie (formerly of Cider Moon) Size: Before blocking:, and Blocked: Yarn: Zen Yarn Garden Bamboolicious, Pine Grove 56g Needles: Susan Bates Quicksilver US 5 (3.75 mm) circular Started: February 17, 2009 Completed: February 21, 2009 (Ravel this project!)

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9 Responses to “Gift #1”

  1. lisa Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 11:20 am

    That’s lovely! I, too, like this better than the lace ribbon (which I also like), so I bookmarked the site! It’s really beautiful… I like the eyelet border at the ends too.

  2. Dave Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Very nice .. I’ll have to bookmark that pattern. I love those greens. I seem to be in a green-love phase. I wonder why. :-)

  3. Nicole Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful scarf. You are such a generous person!

  4. Amy Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    So pretty!

  5. Chris Says:
    March 2nd, 2009 at 6:21 pm


  6. Miss T Says:
    March 3rd, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Beautiful! That’s a very nice thank you.

  7. Sydney Says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    That’s a beautiful scarf! I like that shade of green. What a nice idea for a thank you.

  8. opal Says:
    March 5th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    gorgeous! it looks like i’ll be adding yet another pattern to my ever growing queue.

  9. Eryka Jackson Says:
    March 6th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    That scarf is amazing! Whatr a very kind and original gift. You are truly a talented knitter.

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