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Long Way Scarf

So this is not a very well thought out pattern or anything. I had just a few yards of yarn left over from a blanket I made for some friends, Kwasi and Irene, and I wanted to get the yarn out of the stash. Thus, the Long Way Scarf was born.

Sept 27th, 2010: I reworked the pattern and I'm now updating it with new yarn and pictures.

Long Way Scarf
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Encore (Worsted Weight) in charcoal grey, 200yds - 2 skeins held double;  Nashua Handknits Creative Focus Superwash in green, 218yds - 0.5 skein
Needles: US #13 circular
Notions: Crochet needle E/4-3.50mm
Finished Measurements: 6 inches x 68 inches (including fringe)

Cast on 160 sts or more depending on how long you want the scarf. Knit about 20-30 rows in garter stitch and bind off loosely. With the crochet needle, and using the contrast yarn, crochet one row in single crochet across.Switching to the main yarn, crochet two rows and end. With a mix of both yarns, cut 10 inch strips of yarn, and with the crochet hook, make loops…


I came up with this shawl design as a gift for my mother-in-law. It is a good stash buster if you have one skein of mohair yarn hanging out somewhere in your house. Enjoy!!

Evelyne Yarn: Madil Kid Seta, blue colorway, approx. 237yds Needle size: US 10 and US 11 Final Measurements: 16in x 48in

Lace pattern Row 1: Edge sts, *yo, k2tog, k2, rep from * to edge sts, edge sts Row 2 & 4: Edge sts, *purl to edge sts, edge sts Row 3: Edge sts, k2, *yo, k2tog, k2, rep from * to edge sts, edge sts
Shawl pattern Cast on 60sts with the size 11 needle. Work 4 border rows in garter stitch with the size 11 needle.
Main body A: Work 3 repeats of lace pattern with size 10 needle, keeping 4 edge sts in garter stitch at each end. B: Now work 12 rows in garter stitch with size 11 needle.
Repeat sections A and B until shawl is desired length, ending with a lace pattern section.
Then work 4 rows in garter stitch, bind off loosely with size 11 needle, and block the shawl.
PS: My shawl had 7 repeats of the …

For KD and Gifty's wedding

I made myself a little shawlette, from the pattern "Storm Cloud Shawlette" by Hanna Breetz. I called mine "Red Storm Cloud" (teeheehee) because it was red. :) I just realized I never posted about it, so here it is.

Yellow Elise

I've been working on this baby blanket for a hot minute, for Audrey. Yes, Nana Elise arrived a few months ago, I know, but I'm almost done. It's just that picking up stitches on the edge of the baby blanket to knit is soooooo darn hard!

I reckon it takes me about three hours just to finish one edge, and that's one whole evening of knitting! Can you blame me if I take a prolonged break before tackling the next edge? Oh well, here are some pics to whet your appetite. :)

Personalized tags for my knitted items

I ordered these clothing tags for my knitting from JennifersJewels on

They are gorgeous, and I love using them. I don't like sewing them on as much because I am horrible with a sewing needle and thread.

Falling Water in Sumatra

I have just discovered Argosy Luxury Yarns, and my, are they luxurious! The yarn is soft and lovely to work with, and just delicious to look at! Yummy! If I could eat yarn, you know I'll be all over this yarn. The one I used for my sister's scarf is from their Hanna Sport line, and the colorway I chose is called "Sumatra." I used the Falling Water scarf pattern by Bonnie Sennott, which is one of my all-time favorite patterns. I think I will end up making about 5 scarves with this pattern before I get satisfied. :) The count is now at 2. The pictures are not the very best quality. :( I'll see if we can get some nicer pictures from my sister.

Leftover scarflette - Free Scarf Knitting Pattern

After finishing Min's scarf, I had a bit of the Merino Mia yarn left over so I improvised a quick, skinny scarf. Here's the pattern if you have some leftover yarn that's less than 100yds and you want to do something with it. It utilizes the fishnet lace pattern and a simple garter stitch.

Leftover Scarflette Pattern Needles: US #7 or whatever size you want. The larger the needles, the airier your scarf.
Cast on 14 stitches or any multiple of 2 stitches.
Knit 2 rows. Fishnet Lace Row: K3, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last 3 stitches, K3
Repeat this lace row about 20 times, then switch to garter stitch and just knit 30 rows straight.
Repeat these two sections until the scarflette is as long as you want it, or you are almost out of yarn. Then knit 2 rows, and bind off. :) Enjoy!!
I blocked the scarflette by soaking it in a bucket of water with a few drops of Eucalan wool wash (or you can use a few drops of shampoo) for about 2 hours (30minutes or more is generally recommended), gently…

Min-ee Wiki is done!

I finally finished Min's scarf using the Drop Stitch scarf pattern that I seem to be addicted to. I cast on 36 stitches, and then introduced 8 rows of stockinette stitch after doing 8 repetitions of the drop stitch pattern. This was my third drop stitch scarf and so I wanted to change it up a bit.This yarn, Prism's Merino Mia, is like a chameleon! It felt a little hard and unyielding when I bought it, and I wasn’t sure how it would come out in a scarf. After soaking it and blocking it though, it became so soft and airy! The finished product is just amazing! I tell you, blocking is awesome. Although it takes a while, it really does finish your project realy well. :) It's a gorgeous, soft scarf, and I hope Min likes it. :) Plus, it's really long! All of 82 inches.

My love affair with the Drop Stitch Scarf pattern

I've fallen in love with the Drop Stitch scarf pattern by Christine Vogel. I am on my third drop stitch pattern in three weeks, and I'm very sure that I'll be making at least one more item using that pattern. LOL! You've all seen the stole I made in the Amethyst colorway of RYC SoftLux. I also made a scarf out of one skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino, in the Viena colorway. That yarn is sooooooooooooooooooooooo soft!! Wow! Just a pleasure to knit with. I didn't want to put it down for any length of time. Mm-hmm! Now I'm working on a scarf for my dear friend Min, using Merino Mia from Prism yarns. Enjoy!!

These first two pictures are of the scarf in the Malabrigo Silky Merino yarn, Viena colorway.

These two are of Min's scarf in Prism Yarns Merino Mia. I'm still working on it and hope to be done with it this week.

Hector Plahar Photography

Our friend Hector Plahar, who also lives in the Bay Area with us, is the one I asked to take the pictures of my knitting. All the professional looking pictures are his handiwork, and I must say that I really love his work. If you need someone to take some pictures for you - at an occasion or just for fun, and you live in the Bay Area, just let me know and I'll put him in touch with you. I know he will quote you some reasonable prices. Here are some pictures he took of my yarn and some works in progress, that I just love. He also made the postcard that's the first picture.

The first lace item I knitted

This pattern is Wisp by Cheryl Niamath. It was featured on the online knitting magazine a few years ago. The first time I made it, it was for my mother-in-law. I finished the main pattern, but I wanted to knit a different edging for it. I haven't finished that and that particular project has been hibernating for about two years now. :(

Model: Megan May
Photographer: Hector Plahar

However, just last year, I made the purple version to wear for Irene and Kwasi's wedding on August 08, 2008. As I usually do, I cast on for this shawl a week before the wedding, and I finished it THE MORNING OF the wedding, while my hair was being done! Imagine that! It is a very simple pattern, and I loved working it, but I wanted to make it more fun, so I added the Falling Leaves pattern from the Harmony Guide Lace patterns book, and included some gold beads! :) It was fun!

Amethyst Drop Stitch Stole

I got this pattern from Ravelry, and the pattern is the Drop Stitch Scarf by Christine Vogel. It's gorgeous! I used 2 skeins of RYC Soft Lux in Amethyst Colorway! Oh, and I knit this in 10 days. Yeah!!!


So, here is one reason why I love Ravelry (in addition to the other 100 reasons why I love it!). People have their stash listed on there, and they also list yarn that they want to sell or trade. Hallelluyah! I can't tell how many different brands of yarn that I am coveting and drooling over like a hyperactive dog! Ahem! Back to the point. People on Ravelry are so nice, and they send the yarn almost immediately you pay them through PayPal. (I'm going to have to start asking people to pay me through Google know, supporting the hubby and all.)

Anyway, I am STILL digressing.

Here's the point: I finally took the plunge and sort of bribed my little sister to take pictures of my yarn stash so I could list them. Now I have a buyer for this gorgeous lace yarn that I have, but can't quite figure what to do with. Isn't that nice!! :) So, as a treat to myself and you all (muahahahahhahah), here are some yarn pictures...for the road (as we'd say in Ghana). Enjo…

Falling Water in Sangria

I found the Falling Water pattern (by Bonnie Sennott) on (you can find me there under "awurama" or "Denise Twum"), and I fell in love with it immediately! Then, I found the yarn I used, Handmaiden Fine Yarn Great Big Sea Silk, at Tricoter in Seattle, and the deal was sealed! I made the scarf for my friend Marteki Martei, who had been working very hard with me on a side project, in addition to trying to complete her second year of medical school. The yarn is gorgeous, the pattern is divine, and the two seem to be made for each other!! :) I almost didn't give the scarf to Teki! :P

Photo Credit:Model - Megan May; Photographer - Hector Plahar

My first knitting pattern - Dreams of Spring I

I came up with this pattern during the winter, when I was wishing for spring to come. I had bought some Shimmer yarn and mixed it with KnitPicks Shadow Lace yarn, so I wanted to make something nice with it. Here is what I came up with. It's pretty basic, but hey, it worked! I made two versions of it: one in green, and one in purple.

Model: Megan May
Photographer: Hector Plahar

Dreams of Spring I

Yarn: Shimmer by Crystal Palace Yarns, 90 yards/50gr – 2 skeins of Color 2850;
KnitPicks Shadow Lace Yarn; 440 yards/50gr – a third of one skein in Moss Heather
Needles: 1 set US #8/5mm straight needles

Moss Stitch
Row 1: K1, *P1,K1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Cast on 27 stitches.
Knit 5 rows in moss stitch pattern (or garter stitch pattern)

Part 1
Row 1: K5 border stitches, *yo, ssk to last 6 stitches, K1, K5 border stitches.
Rows 2 and 4: K5 border stitches, purl to last 5 stitches, K5 border stitches.
Row 3: K5 border stitches, k1, *yo, ssk to last 5 stit…