Since the gift has now been gifted, I can tell you all about Miss F’s Fabulous Forties scarf.
I’ve gotten into the habit of knitting gifts for a bunch of friends turning 40 and at the start of October I remembered that Miss F was one of the soon-to-be-4o crowd. Gah! Since her birthday is this week (but her party was yesterday) I had to get a move on! I thought a lace scarf would be do-able in a month (and fits in with the Long Lacy Summer) and since Miss F is a bit sensitive to wool, I decided on lovely Handmaiden Seasilk. And when I found a colour called Topaz, which just happens to be the birthstone for November, I figured it was perfect!
Pattern: Andrea Reversible Lace Scarf – from the Knitting Pattern a Day calendar for 2008 (one of the few decent patterns!!). I made the scarf 3 pattern repeats wide, plus 6 garter stitches on either side – so 48 stitches all up.
Yarn: Handmaiden Seasilk – 1 x 100g skein in Topaz
Sticks: 3.5mm KnitPicks Harmony Options
Time: October 8 2008 – November 5 2008 – pretty good effort I thought!
What I learnt: Seasilk grows a lot on blocking! Pre-blocked, the scarf was 143cm/56″ long by 14cm/5.5″ wide. Post-blocking it was 175.5cm/69″ by 22cm/8.75″. Wow! I did block it pretty severely but I’m so pleased with how it turned out.
And I think Miss F is too!