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!)