Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Milestone

This is my 100th blog post!  I know, doesn't it make me sound like a newbie?  I guess I am, but I don't feel like one.  Oh well, it's still a milestone, right?

Everybody has been blogging about the snow they've been getting, so I thought I'd share my first snow of the season - Minnesota style:

How's that for snow?  We still have a couple more inches to go before it's done tonight.  This is a very fine, powdery snow that gets blown around in the cold wind.  I love watching it as it zig-zags behind cars, blows across the yard, or forms little tornados in the street.  You can see on my neighbor's roof that the wind is also attempting to do a bit of sculpting with this snow.

I wonder how long it'll take for that to blow down?

Anyway, on to the knitting.  Here are a couple more pictures of my Expedition pullover, in which you can a) see the whole thing and b) see what the back looks like.

...although my poses aren't any better.

I also just finished a scarf for my brother the other day.  He wanted a Ravenclaw Scarf, so I picked up some Cascade 220 (love!) in gray and navy blue and knit up a striped tube scarf for him.

Pattern: None.  Just cast on 70 stitches and went to town.
Needles: US 7
Yarn: Cascade 220 in gray and navy, two skeins of each
Time: Started December 1, 2009.  Finished December 8, 2009

This scarf only took me a week to knit and it was mindless the entire time.  My brother and I have gotten into the habit of watching a movie every night, so most of the knitting was done in the dark while enjoying a movie.

Although I knew I was going to block this scarf flat, I still attempted a seamless jog between stripes to make things look nice.  It wasn't really any extra effort, and I think it looks good too.

He didn't want tassels on the scarf, so I made sure to have nice ends as well.  I used Judy's Magic Cast On for the beginning, and then I kitchenered the end closed so that it would look seamless.

See?  Beautiful.  And now he has a scarf.


  1. Wow, that scarf is amazing, and the ends and edges are so tidy! I still really love that sweater, too.

  2. Show off! :p

    Love the scarf and the sweater and the boy in the sweater.


  3. That scarf is the cat's meow. You did a great job.

    That sweater never gets old. I love it.

  4. Such attention to detail - your brother must be very happy with his scarf.

    Congrats on your 100th post! (Hardly a newbie, if so I would be an embryo with my ca 50 posts.)

  5. I think Appleton got more snow. All we got near the lake was slop.

    Spiffy scarf, and the sweater is still great.

  6. Great scarf, and contrats on the centenary!

  7. It does look great (the sweater too!) It's all those little details that really make a piece great, IMHO.

  8. Oh the scarf is great!!! How perfect, now I want one in fun stripes. I'm totally gonna try that.

  9. I love the attention to detail. A lot of people things of scarves as not much of anything, but they are very visible knitting and that one deserves to be noticed and appreciated.

  10. Congrats on your 100th post. I just found you a few days ago. I'm a southern girl transplant to the land where we got hit by the same snow storm just a day earlier and this has been causing a major problem. I've fallen in love with the Kiwi hats you made last year I think. Unfortunately I only have 90ish yards of Malabrigo and with the snow I haven't been able to get to my lys. I'm going today wish me luck.

    PS Love the scarf. You've done so many different things that I now want to knit. (Not like I didn't have project of my own in the queue and on needles.)

  11. I love the versitility of knitting. Some things can be oh so intricate while others are the knit in the dark mindless type of projects. Regardless, in the end you have a fabulous hand knit item.

  12. Dude, nice scarf. I totally think all scarves should be knit in the round. And all sweaters should be knit by you. I'll send you my list. ;-)

  13. Wonderful scarf, fabulous sweater (love that underarm cable/gusset thingy) looks great on you! Great everything! Thanks for sharing the stretchy bind off, though I don't think I understand how to do it. But I must try it soon, next pair of socks.

  14. Dude, you are in for something if you think that's a lot of snow Minnesota style! I believe they get quite a lot out there over the winter!

    Beautiful scarf! I have a friend (she says she's Canadian, though she was really born here) who LOVES Briggs & Little. Can't wait to see that pattern.

    And congrats on the 100th post!

  15. That snow is quite impressive, especially compared to our first "snow" here in Philadelphia.

    The scarf is lovely. It looks very cozy and the stripes look perfect!!

  16. Hi, heard about this on the podcast, looks great. But by the way the house colors in the books are Bronze and Blue. So its like brown and blue. ANYway... great job!