Faina Blocking and other FO'sFaina is off the needles and blocked! All that needs to be done is cut the rest of the fringe, add the fringe and weave in the ends. For the fringe, I will need to go into the 4th ball of yarn.
Anyhow, I do love the scarf and it's sooooo nice and soft. It was a fairly easy knit and, if I were to knit it again, I think I would add one more pattern repeat to give it a bit more length.
Here's a close up shot of the pattern. The color in the picture above is closer to true. The scarf is a tad bit wider and shorter than the pattern states (10" x 52"), mine is more like 12" x 48", but that was all pinned out with the rods in it, so I'm sure once I give it a wee tug, it will be longer.
Pattern: Faina's Scarf from Fiber Trends, designed by Faina M. Letoutchaia
Yarn: Misty Alpaca Sport; 4 skeins
I also finished another pair of socks. These are made with the new Tofutsies yarn in the colorway 723 (Put Your Foot Down). I used the Scallops stitch pattern from Harmony Guides, Volume 2, page 53 on US size 1 (2.25mm) needles. I started out using Crystal Palace bamboo needles, but the yarn was too sticky, so I switched over to Susan Bates aluminum needles and the knitting was much nicer. I don't know how crazy I am about this yarn, maybe because it was so sticky on the bamboo needles, it was not fun knitting. I do think it's ironic that I picked the scallop pattern to knit a yarn with 2.5% chiten in it (shrimp and crab shells). It didn't even dawn on me until I was finishing up the toe on the second sock.
And also... A shawl made of some recycled silk I bought on eBay. I actually finished the knitting quite awhile ago, but it sat most of the winter waiting to be fringed. I think I did this on US size 15 needles and it's from an old dishcloth pattern, cast on 4 stitches, knit the first row, then every row after that, k2, yo, knit to end of the row. Keep on knitting until the shawl is as wide as you want it and cast off. Easy peasy.
Here are the first four squares that I've knit for my Great American Aran Afghan. Clockwise from the upper left are the Hanna Burns, Ginette Belanger, Meredith K. Morioka and the Barbara McIntire squares. I'm currently working on the Dana Hurt square. I'm actually learning to like knitting from charts. So far, I've liked the stitches written out, but I decided that it was time to start learning charts and I figured this would be a good project to start doing that.
Harley is not impressed...