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Grey bow-knit scarf

grey bow-knit scarf

Still knitting, still waiting to see how much longer I’ll be in Accra. Almost three years now, though it was only meant to be two years. I don’t mind Accra, but living away from my husband is tough. Stressful too, not knowing how long this will continue, though I am lucky to have a job I like. Knitting helps, and I am  getting back into daily exercise. No challenging knitting though, just easy meditative projects.  This is the Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess, which I knitted in plum once before.

grey bow-knit scarf

Project 12 (2018): Grey Bow-knit scarf
Pattern: Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: Light grey, 04
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Starting stitches: 3
Knitted where: Accra, October 2018
Final size: 14 cm wide at widest, 80 cm long  (10×40 cm for mid-section around neck)
Final weight: 81 grammes

I made the mid-section longer, this may be a Christmas present.


Fresh coconuts for sale, observed as I walked to work this week.

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Lacy Baktus #1 in turquoise, black and purple

lacy baktus in drops delightI had heard about Baktus scarves, but never actually tried knitting one. They are great — flexible for the amount of yarn you have, for various yarn types, and they are so simple to knit! That does not mean I did not miscount a few times, which meant some wonky edges, but that is much improved after a wash. Definitely will be knitting more of these!

Project 16 (2015): Lacy Baktus #1 in turquoise in and purple
Pattern: Lacy Baktus by Terhi, which is adapted from Baktus by Strikkelise
Yarn: Drops Delight (75% wool, 25% polyamid), 50gr = 175 metres.
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colours: 09, turquoise, purple and black
Difficulty for me: easy, but slow going
Needles: circular needles size 4 mm
Stitches: 4 ++
Knitted where: On morning commute, Rome, April-June 2015 and in London, May 2015
Final size: 118 long, 37 cm at widest
Final weight: 103 grammes

needle sizes for baktusI was debating which needle size to use, so knitted a sample with 3.5mm, 4.5mm and finally 4 mm. I wanted it fairly light, so made it a Lacy Baktus by Terhi, which is adapted from Baktus by Strikkelise. Only eight rows to keep track of, so good for knitting on the bus.

knitting Lacy BaktusDrops Delight is nice to knit with, and I love these colours. I had planned to give this to the friend for whom I made wristwarmers in Drops Delight, but shes does wear more reds – this might go to someone else, then I’ll knit on in reds and oranges for her.
knitting on the TubeHere I am knitting in London, on the Tube (the Piccadilly Line, to be precise) in May.

imageAnd here the well-traveled scarf is finally done, has just been gently washed, and is drying on the balcony with a view of old Garbatella. So nice to have finished something!

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A Swedish birthday scarf

Scarf drops delight

A Swedish friend is celebrating his birthday soon, but what to get him? I was stumped. The man has impeccable taste, travels the world and is immensely charming. Really hard to buy presents for. So I knitted a scarf, a soft one in various shades of blue, which I really hope he will like. (If not, he would never admit it anyway!)

Project 12 (2015): Blue birthday scarf for Håkan

Pattern: Adam by DROPS Design
Yarn: Drops Delight, 75% wool, 25% polyamide (50g = 175 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: Blue, 03
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles 5 mm
Stitches: 342 to 285 to 342
Knitted where: at home in Rome and on morning commute
Final size: 16-17 cm wide, 156 cm long
Final weight: 100 grammes

Knitting a scarfThis was knitted from the long side, so it seemed to take ages for each row, despite being in simple garter stitch. Easy to do, though. The pattern recommends 150 grammes of wool (3 skeins) but I thought 100 grammes was enough (2 skeins). Now it just needs to be wrapped and delivered. Happy birthday to him!

I am also knitting a cotton-linen skirt for myself, which is taking forever. It is reminding me how gratifying dishcloths are, they can actually be finished……. But I will perservere with the skirt, and hope it is actually wearable and not a green sausage or a green tent. Not quite sure yet!

Arriving Marstrand

Update, Friday: the scarf and I have now arrived for the birthday party in Sweden!

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Plum Bow-knit scarf

plum bowtie scarf When life seems chaotic, it is satisfying to have a knitting project go well. There are parallels to baking bread: seeing it develop, learning to trust and adjust where needed, and that you might just end up with something that someone else might also enjoy. This is a very, very early Christmas 2016 gift, for a friend moving to California in two months. I’ll gift-wrap this and the plum fingerless gloves, make sure it gets packed with her moving boxes, and she can open this in December.

Project 10 (2015): Plum Bow-knit scarf
Pattern: Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: Dark plum, 53
Difficulty for me: easy
Needles: circular needles 4.5 mm
Starting stitches: 6
Knitted where: Rome March 2015
Final size: 13 cm wide at widest, 78 cm long  (10×40 cm for mid-section around neck)
Final weight: 70 grammes

I knitted a similar tuck-in scarf in blue, but was a bit challenged. This pattern Bow-knit scarf by Katherine Burgess was SO much easier to follow. I extended the mid-section for the neck from 30 to 40 cm, but I was really pleased to have gotten it right this time.

yarn I just ordered another pile of yarn online this week, and both orders arrived in about 38 hours. Amazing! There is a Drops sale on sock yarn, so now I am stocked up for the year. Not to knit socks, that is next year’s challenge. but to knit some lightweight scarves for gifts.

baktusThree different Baktus scarves being test-knitted.

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Blue smetteskjerf: tuck-in scarf

smetteskjerf AlaskaSpring is in the air here, it is sunny and lovely and soon wool clothing will be packed away until October. I have just finished a March birthday present, a scarf and wrist warmers in wool, neither of which came out quite as intended……  But they are perfectly serviceable, so tomorrow they go to the birthday girl.

Project 6 (2015): Blue smetteskjerf: tuck-in scarf
Pattern: DROPS 93-16 by DROPS Design
Yarn: Drops Alaska, 100% wool (50g = 70 metres)
Yarn purchased: online in Italy
Colour: medium blue, 57
Difficulty for me: easy (I thought…..)
Needles: circular needles size 5 mm and 4.5 mm (I thought…..)
Stitches: 3 to 19
Knitted where: morning commute on the bus, Rome February-March 2015
Final size: 10.5 cm x 85 cm
Final weight: 86 grammes

imagePattern at Garnstudio in English and in Norwegian. It’s simple enough, in garter stitch, and you switch to smaller needles to make a more narrow loop for the scarf to pull through. At least that is what you are meant to do…. I did change needles, but from 5 mm to 5 mm, which explains why the width did not change, as you can see above. Oh well! I’ll try again, better knitting next time! imageThe birthday set, ready to be wrapped.The wrist warmers also had some counting issues, but I’ll be forgiven, I am sure. These were all knitted in Drops Alaska (on sale last month) and it is very quick to knit, so I’ll try again. I might just get one more birthday set done this month.