Deep sea swamp thing

February 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

deep sea swamp thing scarf

My WIP pile is getting out of control (well, more than usual), so I finally got around to tackling it, by adding fringe to a woven scarf. (Never mind the four WIP quilts and six WIP cardigans and jumpers…)

I called this scarf the Deep Sea Swamp Thing because that’s the name of both the colorways used. The yarn is a New England-spun and -bred Tunis intended for sock knitting, but I liked it woven. Dan, the owner of Gnomespun Yarn, helped me pick out colors at Rhinebeck this past fall, where the yarn debuted.

deep sea swamp thing scarf edges

Since I am not a sock knitter, the next project for the leftovers will probably be for a hat. I’m not particularly sensitive to wools, especially when it’s cold, so I think it’s perfect for many fingering/4 ply applications, but if you’re really sensitive do note that Tunis will never be as soft as Merino.

Here’s Deep Sea:

deep sea tunis yarn by gnomespun yarn

and Swamp Thing:

swamp thing tunis yarn by gnomespun yarn

I also particularly liked the reds so eventually I hope to get a skein or two of those colors for a similar scarf.

This one was woven on my Cricket loom with a 12 dent reed, using the teal as the warp and the forest green as the weft as I was inspired by some Oakshott shot cottons that I’ve been hoarding in my quilting fabric stash for quite a while.

I once read that there are two types of weavers: those who play with texture and those who play with color. In knitting I’m definitely more fascinated by texture, so I guess it makes sense that in weaving, where I often work with variegateds that are fussy knit up, I work more with color. It’s possible that one day, when wool mountain (a.k.a. my stash) has been conquered, I could become a texture weaver.

woven tunis scarf


The scarf

November 5, 2010 § 2 Comments

As promised, here’s the scarf pattern I blogged about a few days ago: presenting the Theodosia Scarf. I did get a bit sidetracked with some school (and social and family) obligations, thus the delay in posting the pattern itself. I’m so excited that I was able to design, write, and find test knitters on a deadline and for that I feel like I’ve climbed the knitting equivalent of a tall mountain. Maybe not quite Everest levels, but still thrilling for me.

Also, many thanks go out to my awesome testers on Ravelry who helped shepherd me through the process of both writing patterns, editing patterns, and hosting my first test knit thread.

Theodosia is a scarf designed to show off the wonderful colorways of Malabrigo Yarn Sock. The seemingly randomly-placed cascading puffs of puckered fabric within three columns are made by combining paralleled lines of increases and decreases, thus creating a modern textural effect that highlights the subtle color variations in kettle- or hand-dyed sock yarns.


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Double-crochet scarf

May 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

On a scale of one to ten, one being easy and ten being hard, crocheting this scarf is a two. If you can chain and double crochet, you can make this scarf. Double crochet makes a great drapey scarf that is easy to tie or wrap into any style you like.

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