Family, Knitting

A Good Visit!

Yesterday we had perfect weather for being outdoors! (In Maryland, that is! πŸ˜‰)

Claire enjoying the shade in the green, green grass at the park!

I got out the baby-carrier and Claire and I walked to the park for a bit!

Smile or smirk? Maybe a bit of both…?! πŸ˜‰
Under the tree with Auntie!
I’ve also made a lot of progress on the “Kayla” infinity scarf!

Kayla Infinity Scarf

Now halfway through repeat # 3,…

So nice to knit on the deck during 😴 nap time! πŸ˜‰

I’m finally almost caught up to my level of progress on the “Kathryn” scarf! 😊 (Which means that I am approximately 3/5ths of the way through both!) 

Kathryn Scarf

I’ve so enjoyed spending time with Baby Claire,…

Playing with Claire!
…and my sister and brother-in-law the last two weeks! 

My sister, Hannah & Baby Claire!
Brother-in-law, Everitte & Baby Claire at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival!

I can hardly believe that today is my last day here! I know I’ll really miss them when I go back home…

Happy Claire modeling her Foxy Hat!
Happy Claire in the swing!

But I’m really looking forward to my next visit! I’ll be sure to make it SOON! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰β€οΈ

Peek-a-boo, Foxy Baby Claire! 😘


Rrrrrriiippp It!


And again.

And yet AGAIN!

What?! You’re likely wondering… rip what? And why? Maybe I should start at the beginning… 

On my needles right now are two scarves…

…one for my friend Kathryn,…

…and one for my friend Kayla!

So there was this gorgeous yarn by Expression Fiber Arts that we all fell in love with…

Once we’d collectively clicked “Submit” on our four skeins (one for each of us plus a lovely mint green that coordinates perfectly!)… 

…it didn’t take long for the idea of designing “sister” scarves to pop into my head! (By “sister” scarves, I mean three different scarves unique to each personality and style, but clearly belonging together. πŸ™‚ My plan is to name each scarf after the friend who inspired it. πŸ™‚

So I swatched several stitch patterns and brought them to K & K for evaluation. 

Arrowhead Lace with Cables
Falling Leaves
Norwegian Fir Tree

The general consensus was that since they were all fun and lovely, it was nearly impossible to decide which to use!!! 

If you follow me on social media, you may remember voting on this to help us decide! πŸ˜‰

Once Kathryn & Kayla had chosen their stitch patterns, we discussed style…!

Kathryn opted for a super long & slender scarf with a very open and lacey stitch pattern called “Arrowhead Lace with Cables.” It will be very dramatic, and also very versatile, perfect for wear in almost every season! 

Given that Kathryn is a talented artist and a wonderfully practical lady, I think this is a very pleasant reflection of her personality. πŸ™‚ 

Kayla selected “Falling Leaves” as her stitch pattern and chose to go with an infinity style scarf. 

A more solid lace compared to Arrowhead, Falling Leaves has a very elegant, flowing quality and I’ve no doubt will produce a joyful, eye-catching statement piece! (I see this scarf as representative of Kayla’s brilliance and expressive of her fullness of the joy and enthusiasm of life!)

Though so different, I think both combinations of stitch pattern and style will showcase the special yarn really well!

Arrowhead Lace with Cables is an easy-to-memorize stitch pattern, 

…and because the “Kathryn” scarf is narrow the rows are short; 

…so I feel like the scarf is just flying off my needles! 

Slightly different story with the “Kayla” infinity scarf, however… 

To get the “Falling Leaves” to lay the way we imagined them, “Kayla” is knit in the round. In order to create enough volume to drape the scarf twice about the neck, I’m working 19 22-stitch repeats. That means a big long cast-on. A really big, 418 stitch cast-on! Which I have already done twice and will now be doing a third time! 

The difficulty with such a large numbers of cast-on stitches, is joining to work in the round. Specifically, it’s super hard to avoid getting a twist in your cast-on! Even when you’ve checked and re-checked and you think you’ve got it, you may later discover a pesky twist lurking! Which is what happened to me today….!

After working 1.5 pattern repeats (that’s 18 rounds, or 7,524 stitches)…

I noticed this:

A twist! Aaauuuggghhh! Do you see it?

Time to rrrrriiiiiipppppp back. 

All 7,524 stitches!

Compared to the time it took to get that far… 

…ripping back took almost no time at all! 

Best not to dwell…. 

So, now I’m casting on 418 stitches AGAIN! πŸ™‚

To help me keep track of my progress, I’m placing a marker every 22 stitches as I go…

That’s a marker for every pattern repeat along the round. There are 19 pattern repeats per round, so I’ll need a total of 19 stitch markers. 

I really like these from the Sheep and Wolf because of their simplicity, pretty colors, and size. (These are the large ones, they also come in medium and small (sock knitting size!); as well as different colors.

As frustrating as ripping back and starting over from scratch seems right now, I know I’ll be glad I did when I have a twist-free infinity scarf ready for my friend Kayla! πŸ˜‰ 

And it’s not so bad! 

See, I’m making progress already! πŸ˜€

Have you ever had to rip a project back? Do you have any handy tips for avoiding the dreaded twist when you join to work in the round? I’d love to hear about it! πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting!