...Cleaver that is... and I'm okay with that! With all of her glorious motherly ways.
I want to be the mom who bakes, sews and knits.
The only issue is... I don't really do any of those things well, so here's me sharing with you all my 101's.
Laugh with me or at me, I don't care. I just hope I can evolve during this process!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Ruffles For Mom

I ventured out on a limb (a huge limb) in the knitting world. My mom's birthday is (was) January 1st and I wanted to knit her something different from other gifts at Christmas and something more her style. Something with a bit of flare without getting too far out of my skill set. I got some great challenge out of this one, I tell ya! Woowee!

Its called "Just Enough Ruffles Scarf" and this is the photo with the pattern.

So a bit of what happened whilst knitting the sucker!...
Six rows in of 200 stitches I had to frog it. (Rip it out!) I'd done Garter instead of Stockinette. As a novice this is an instruction I read incorrectly.
Then about 10 rows near the end I had to rip out as many rows... with wraps! This time I'd picked up the wraps wrong here and there and also managed to have NO clue on how to increase stitches 3:1 (kfbf).
I ended up asking my mom of all people, while we were visiting for Christmas, how to increase 3 stitches from just one! She might have known it might be for her but she still had no idea what she would be getting!

And then while at her place she was peaking at my yarns and happened to pull out the ball for her scarf and complemented it. Its a Jo Sharp. 'Silk Road Ultra' 85% Wool, 10% Silk, 5% Cashmere.
I smiled. A good start to her gift!

It took longer than expected. I didn't finish it until January 6th, but the reality is, it needed the love and care. The only thing that got frustrating was managing 600 stitches on the circular length suggested. I don't know if they even come longer, but wow, most of my time was spent reshuffling the stitches every 20 or so.

Boy this scarf kicked my butt! I liked it though and needed to up the ante.
But this one also felt harder because the person I usually ask for help was the recipient. A lot of YouTube videos came in handy and cheering on from my knitting pen pal 1funkyknitwit!

Blocking. I had to improvise and use the hall in our lower level. I pushed pins through to the underpadding to hold it in place.
Not entirely comfortable with blocking yet, I put pins every 3 inches to make sure it wasn't going to go anywhere while it dried!

 I did feel that it could have been soaked for longer though. Maybe that would have softened it up even more. Or maybe the yarn was a tad heavier than I thought it would be. I just thought it might be a bit less 'structured' and more draped. But it could just be me! It still turned out great, if I do say so myself.
Weaving in ends was tricky though.
Here. It. Is.


A very versatile scarf for indoors or out! I like it. Its fun.
You can also see it on Ravelry.


  1. Dude, I hear you. I had to rip out a whole hat earlier this week. Second go was much better. The scarf looks rally good!

  2. This looks terrific Cindy! ...nd YaY you for going headfirst and learning stuff along the way. Knitting is all about that I think or you never learn stuff and in the end it isn't as complicated in most cases as once thought. Great colour too.
    Your mum will love it :D

  3. Looks great Cindy! She must have loved it! I'm lovin' the colour.

  4. Great job - it looks lovely! Weaving in ends is a pain...I swear by my pal's video for this magic knot when joining a new skein of yarn...it's magical! You'll never look back:



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