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Can you believe that one year ago today, we started the Sorella & Company blog?  We started blogging as a way to document our knitting and sewing projects, and 98 posts later, we still love sharing our projects with you.  In that very first post, I shared that I had finally splurged on some very pricey Silk Rhapsody yarn I had been stalking at my LYS.  Well, over the past year, I’ve been trying to find the perfect pattern to showcase the beautiful sea-glass blues and greens of the yarn.

It has briefly been both a lace scarf (left) and and airy lace scarf (right):

And while I liked both patterns, I didn’t love the way they blended the colors.  There was too much pooling in the first, and in the second, there were some serious tiger stripes forming along the edges on the scarf.  Since the yarn was such a big investment, I wanted to be in love with the project.  So, for almost a year, the yarn patiently sat as I continued the search for the perfect pattern.  Then last month, during one of my Ravelry browsing sessions, I gloriously stumbled upon Wisp, by Cheryl Niamath.

Ahhhh – the patten is perfect: panels of fishnet lace, each separated by thin strips of garter stitch; the entire scarf is trimmed with eyelets.  It is both delicate and ethereal, and blends the greens and blues of the yarn beautifully.

The pattern calls for buttons, which you could use to close the scarf around you as a shawl, but I left them off.  You could also run a ribbon through the eyelets running along the perimeter and tie it around you.  It is an extremely versatile piece.

Here I am trying to model it and take a picture at the same time – tricky!  I love how the slight fuzziness of the mohair mixed with silk gives the scarf a soft, halo-like effect.  The name of the pattern – Wisp – truly fits what this feels like on your skin, a tiny slip of loveliness to cover bare shoulders.

The pattern calls for 259 yards of fiber and my Artyarns skein had exactly 260.  I was afraid of not having enough for the project, so instead of knitting the 6 rows of garter stitch between panels, I knit only 4.  Thank goodness I made the modification, because I was left with maybe 1 foot of yarn at the end of the project.

Oh, and please DO NOT be scared of the pattern – it seems a little complicated at first, because you are working the eyelet pattern and the lace/garter pattern simultaneously, but it is actually ridiculously simple.  And the bonus is that there isn’t a purl stitch in sight.

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Wisp, by Cheryl Niamath {free knitting pattern!}
  • Yarn: Artyarns Silk Rhapsody, 1 skein in colorway #139, 260 yds.
  • Needles: Size US 8, 24″ circulars used as straight
  • Size made: One size
  • Ravelry Project Page: Click here.
  • Notes: As with all lace knitting, blocking is essential for this pattern.  I stretched and pinned the finished piece in place then used a spray bottle to mist with water, as I didn’t want to crush the silk and mohair fibers.  Let dry completely before unpinning.

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I’ve been wanting to share this little beauty with you for a while now, but because it was a birthday gift for my mother-in-law, and I had to wait to give it to her before I could tell you about it!  This past weekend, a bunch of us girls got together for tea and scones to celebrate her special day, so now I am free to show you…

This is Védís Jónsdóttir’s #30 Lace Scarf from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.  The pattern is amazingly beautiful in its simplicity – if you can YO, k2tog, and ssk – you can knit this scarf!  The 8-row repeat is easy to remember and knits up quickly – so it’s perfect for adding a quick dose of color to your wardrobe.

I picked this bright berry color for two reasons – one, because it will look gorgeous against my mother-in-law’s complexion, and two, because Nancy is an avid gardener, and this color just screams Spring.  When she opened it, she commented on how much she loves the color – it reminds her of one of her favorite roses in her garden.  What’s even funnier is that my sister-in-law gave her a pot of tulips in this very same shade at the tea party!

It was really, really hard to part with this scarf – every time I passed it, I couldn’t help but slip the soft, fuzzy yarn over my shoulders.   Maybe I’ll just have to knit one up  for myself….

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: #30 Lace Scarf by Védís Jónsdóttir, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2009
  • Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK (2 skeins in color #35) *yarn is discontinued, but I found some stashed here
  • Needles: US Size 6
  • Size Made: 58″ long, blocked
  • Mods: Omitted one repeat of lace pattern to make a skinnier scarf.
  • Ravelry Pattern Page: here

Enjoy!

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I was knitting my lace scarf in the studio last weekend, and after completing the 9th repeat, I stretched it out on the chair.  I turned to Jaime, who was ironing some fabric right beside me and asked: “Do we like this yarn in this pattern?”  She looked at it for a second and matter-of-factly replied: “No.  We do not.”  I love sisterly bluntness.

{Lace Scarf by Védís Jónsdóttir}, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 09

{Lace Scarf by Védís Jónsdóttir}, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 09

I wish I had taken a picture of it at that point – it reminded me of tiger stripes, which was definitely not the look I was going for.  But I immediately started frogging the scarf, being very careful not to damage the silk and mohair.  Then I sat on the floor with the massive pile of yarn and played with it for a long while, trying to figure out if there was any rhyme or reason to the color repeats.  (No such luck.)  After repeated swatching with different needles and crochet hooks, it became evident that the yarn needed something more open, something with lots of yarn overs so that the strands wouldn’t be so close to each other….

Then I remembered that my Last Minute Knitted Gifts book Jaime had bought me had a pattern called “Airy Scarf” – perfect!

{Airy Scarf by Brenda Overstrom}

{Airy Scarf by Brenda Overstrom}

The pooling is much less noticeable, but the tiger-effect still lingers a bit along the edges:

{must.embrace.pooling.}

{must.embrace.pooling.}

This will be a fairly quick knit – it’s mindless garter with a dash of easy lace thrown in.  One part of the pattern repeat calls for 10 rows of straight knitting, but I modified it, bien sûr, to add more yarn over rows:

  1. Rows 1-5: knit
  2. Row 6: lace row
  3. repeat rows 1-6 until desired length, ending with row 5.

It also says to bind off after 32 1/2″, but I’ll continue knitting until all of this soft yarn is used up.  The new pattern blends the blues and greens together much better than first lace scarf:

{left: old, right: new}

{left: old, right: new}

I still love Védís Jónsdóttir’s pattern, so that will go back into my Ravelry queue to be knit up in a solid color yarn – maybe in some yummy malabrigo:

{orchid, blue surf & sapphire green}

{potential candidates: orchid, blue surf & sapphire green}

Now I am off to work on a baby hat for my niece Ana Sophia – her first birthday party is this weekend!

~Jenny

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One of things I love about knitting is that it inspires you to give – a blanket for an expecting sister, a girlie hat for a new baby, a little bird for charity.   Sometimes, I think knitters spend more time making projects for others rather than themselves – don’t you agree?  There has been so much baby knitting going on around here lately, that I decided to cast on a small personal project:

{so soft!}

{so soft!}

This is the Lace Scarf pattern by Védis Jónsdottir, published in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.  What an easy pattern this is – it is a good place to start if you want to try your hand at knitting lace.  The only modification I am making is to slip the first stitch of every row, just so that the edges are cleaner.

{a little something for myself}

{a little luxury}

I am using the ArtYarns Silk Rhapsody that I splurged on in May – the yarn is incredibly soft and angelic, and I love the beautiful blue-green color.  The next few weeks are going to be very busy wrapping up everything for my nephew-to-be, but I will make sure to take some time and knit 5-6 rows for myself.

This week, cast on a little something for yourself – a fun summer washcloth, a cozy cowl for fall, or a lacy pair of socks.

Happy knitting! ~Jenny

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