Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Nurse Appreciation Scarf 2 - For Sheila

Nurse Sheila was my night nurse, and she was extremely patient with me when I struggled to learn how to breastfeed Andrew while he was crying up a storm. She and nurse Della put up with my numerous requests for more and more ice. This scarf is for her.




This pattern uses the basic feather and fan pattern from "The Harmony Guide: Lace and Eyelets" with a large size needle to create a soft, squishy scarf that is of a sizable length

            Notions

Manos Del Uruguay Wool Classica, Flame Colorway (115) - 1.5 skeins or any other worsted/aran weight yarn, approximately 207 yards
US #11 (8mm)
Crochet hook 
Darning/tapestry needle




Feather and Fan Pattern (multiple of 18 + 2)
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, *k2tog(3x), [yo, k1](6x), k2tog(3x)*, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Row 4: Knit


SCARF
Cast on 24 stitches (18+2 for pattern, two border stitches on each end.)
Knit 2 rows, slipping the last stitch of each row purlwise. 
Start Feather and Fan pattern, keeping two border stitches on each end and making sure to slip last border stitch of each row purlwise. 
Knit Scarf until desired length, ending with Row 4 of feather and fan pattern. 
Knit 2 rows, and bind off loosely. Weave in ends of the yarn with tapestry needle. 


Optional Fringe: Cut 20 (or 40 for a thicker fringe) 10inch pieces of yarn, and with a crochet hook, attach 10 pieces to each end to create fringe.



  

Nurse Appreciation Scarf 1 - For Della

I had some amazing nurses during my labor and delivery and also my post-partum stay at Stanford Hospital. In appreciation, I decided to do what? Knit each of them a scarf. Here is the first one, for Della, a lovely nurse who is as bubbly and friendly as I am. We got along extremely well, like fire and petrol! :)




The scarf is a combination of two drop stitch techniques separated by long stretches of garter stitch. I'm thinking of writing it up but I am a little tired right now. :( Maybe later. :)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Blue Shetland Triangle Shawl

A very, very lovely lady at our church, Pattie Q., was so gracious to me throughout my pregnancy. She gave me a car seat for Andrew, and a Fisher-Price swing that has been a lifesaver! When she gave me these two things in December, I immediately went out and bought yarn to make a shawl for her (what else is new?). I went back and forth on what pattern to use, and never got around to it till two weeks ago. Even then, I changed the pattern at the last minute and switched to the Shetland Triangle Lace Shawl by Evelyn Clark. I've been meaning to knit this pattern for someone else for a while, but I was always daunted by the lace charts and the provisional crochet cast on. Well, it was EASY! So easy I'm a little embarrassed and annoyed with myself that I took so long to make it. And the resulting shawl is absolutely stunning. My friend Irene was kind enough to take the pictures, and I sort of "bullied" my mother-in-law to model it for me. Take a look at the pictures and tell me what you think. I hope Pattie likes it. I think I'll make one for my mother-in-law also. :)