These last few weeks have been incredibly busy. I don’t think I’ve been home at all since before the last weekend of January, except to sleep! Everything I’ve been wrapped up in has been good stuff, with good people, so that’s… good! I always have some knitting with me, and right now it seems like I’m working on nothing but scarves. I haven’t started the second Lacunae sock yet, and I’m going to hold off on that until I get at least another of my scarves finished!

One scarf that has been finished is my Noro Striped Scarf:

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Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood (Ravel that sucker!)
Yarn: Silk Garden Lite from Noro; 2013

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This is my new favorite scarf. The yarn is so soft (especially for Noro!) and I love the colors. I would love to do another one of these; same yarn, different colors. Most people alternate between two different colorways, but I didn’t with this one. While I love how this turned out, I think I will alternate colorways in the future.

The scarf that I’m working on religiously right now is this one:

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I would really like to have it finished by Valentine’s Day, since I bought the yarn with the gift card my boyfriend gave me for Christmas, and also because I think it will look great with a little black dress. 😉 I consider this my first real lace project, and it’s also the first time I’ve used a lifeline. I haven’t had to rip back to my lifeline yet (knock on wood) but I know that if I don’t use one, I will regret it! The pattern calls for 22 repeats of the chart, and so far I’ve hit 25 with plenty of yarn left to continue. I like long scarves, and while I don’t think this one should be as long as, say, the Noro scarf, I think several more chart repeats are in order. The pattern is pretty intuitive, and actually quite addicting. Typical Anne Hanson; I’ve found her patterns to always be beautiful and fun! I am absolutely in love with the yarn, and how the colors and stitch pattern play off of each other.

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Since most of my knitting has been in public, I’ve had a lot of random people come up to ooh and aah over the colors. The other day I had two knitters stop by my table at Panera Bread to nearly drool over the yarn. It’s gorgeous stuff!

The love affair with scarves can’t last forever, though; I have one friend who is awaiting the birth of her first little sprout, and I want to try my hand at a Baby Surprise Jacket. Luckily, I still have some months left before she pops little Hunter out!

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