Winter is crafty time

at least for other people it appears to be. My mother made me this lovely scarf, and I know Ariane has been knitting up a storm lately. I only ever knitted one scarf, back when I was about 10. Perhaps I should relearn.

a scarf of many colours, laid out on top of a timber chair

Have other people been crafting? Let us see?

Categories: fun & hobbies


35 replies

  1. Beautiful bright colours! I hope this helps you feel more sunny even if it is grey outside.
    I have been informed by my Dr not to take up knitting (I can already knit) because one of my knuckles has gone all lumpy. The best thing for it is not to use it at all, which isn’t helpful when it’s your hand. So my crafty efforts, never much to begin with, have been curtailed.

    • Lumpy ouchy knuckles are no fun at all. 😦

      Fingerless gloves can help keep them warm so that the joint fluid flows more easily, and wrist supports also help even with knuckle problems because they support the tendons that act on the fingers.

  2. Thanks for the tips, I shall act upon them. The end result is probably inevitable, but delaying tactics might just work.

  3. It makes a big difference in my experience if you can keep the swelling minimised via such tactics – a slightly stiff and swollen knuckle is a lot easier to cope with than a very swollen and stiff knuckle.

  4. That scarf is very, very beautiful. Would she share the recipe?
    I’ve finally gotten back into knitting, a jersey (jumper / sweater) for the younger Miss Eight. I’ve made rapid progress, mostly because I’ve been doing it while we indulge in a Firefly watching binge.

  5. She’s making another one for my sister-out-law, so I know she does actually have a recipe – I’ll ask whether it’s in her head or written down somewhere. I know that the yarn is a mixture of lambswool, silk and mohair, which is a lovely light and warm combination.

  6. OK, the yarn is Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn. There’s some nylon in there as well, which would make sense for socks especially and as a scarf I think helps with the drape. They also do just a Silk Garden yarn that doesn’t have the nylon.
    The scarf pattern came with the yarn from the shop where Mum bought it in Penrith, and she’s not sure where they got it from. She’s willing to transcribe it though and either post it here herself or send it to me to post on her behalf.
    There’s lots and lots of sock patterns using that yarn online, and it seems that scarf patterns are well on their way to catching up. (looks rather more complicated) (much simpler)
    Apparently this one knits up beautifully in the Noro Silk Garden.

  7. I’ve been making jewellery out of gathered seeds these last few weeks! I tried selling at a craft fair yesterday but didn’t sell much. Lots of fun making it though.

  8. Wow, that really is a beautiful scarf. One of those fab, goes with almost anything jobbies.
    I’ll be bookmarking those links, and would be keen to see the pattern if your mother were to be so wonderful as to transcribe it.

  9. She has typed it out, and is bringing it down with her tomorrow when she comes for a sleepover (she would have posted it herself, but her internet connection won’t work for her today).
    Must say, the Noro yarns are fairly spectacular – I like what some people have done with stripey scarves using two different balls of Noro Silk Garden and alternating 2 rows of one ball, 2 rows of the other. They do NOT appear to be cheap though. Apparently the standard Silk Garden is rather thick and only for really cold weather – Silk Garden Lite and Silk Garden Sock Yarn knit up much lighter and useful for bridging the seasons.
    Here’s another pretty scarf pattern that should work nicely in any self-striping wool.

  10. calyx, those look gorgeous – has your Flickr account got other shots we can look at?

  11. I made a Leela costume!

    I have never been the domestic type. When I get crafty, I make geeky shit. 😀
    Next on my list – swimmable mermaid tail for summer! 😀

  12. That is a very lovely scarf! I get all tempted by silk blends on a regular basis. Maybe when I can knit a lil faster….
    I have had a very crafty year so far; I learnt to knit again at the end of last year, and since then have produced two scarves, four hats, one pair of slipper-boots, and one shrug. It’s been very exciting. I am now planning on making myself jumpers that fit (very exciting for me!), by first learning how to do short row darts and vertical darts. Given that I often refuse to wear jumpers because I find them unflattering and too short, I am very happy to discover that there are whole bunches of people on Ravelry with the knowledge I’m after! 🙂 I think it’s awesome that these kinds of communities have moved online like that!

  13. A fully functioning mermaid tail, from Weta Workshops: A mermaid’s tale
    [borked link fixed – tigtog]

  14. Deb, I wish! That would be a dream come true! No, mine will be a more run of the mill fabric jobbie like you see often on Youtubes.

  15. Sorry! And thanks for fixing it for me, tt.

  16. *first time poster here* i just had to delurk for the yarnie goodness
    that scarf seems to be knitted with this pattern:

    if you’re looking for free knitting patterns, is the place to go – they’ve got oodles of free patterns – including the doctor who scarves and jaynes “cunning hat” from firefly
    fair warning though, the site can be mightily addictive

    • Silvia, hi!

      Good find on that pattern, it does look very similar indeed. Definitely not just in the same ballpark, absolutely on adjacent bases.

  17. the only difference between the chevron scarf and yours, tigtog, seems to be that in yours it’s one two-stitch decrease in the center instead of two one-stich decreases
    so instead of
    Row 1 (RS): *K2tog, K5, YO, K1, YO, K5, Sl1, K1, psso*
    Row 2: Purl
    it would be
    Row 1 (RS): *K5, YO, K1, YO, K5, slip two knitwise, knit one, pass two slipped stiches over (psso)*
    Row 2: Purl
    or, in pattern: rather than

  18. Gorgeous scarf, and I love the seed jewellery.
    Napalmnacey, you’re a costuming virtuoso! *has moment of geek glee* 🙂
    I’ve been weaving, I have a couple done and waiting to be photographed and listed in my shop and one on the loom:

  19. I have been crotcheting away. I’ve always preferred crotcheting to knitting, and on the weekend, I found a book (second-hand, which makes it even better 🙂 ) which has pages and pages and pages and pages of textile patterns, ie not “make this thing” patterns, but “make this fabric type” patterns. Which can be a lot more fun than “make this thing” patterns 🙂

  20. NapalmNancy – I like a TARDIS on wheels. And that is a costume and a half! Well done!
    I made a little Flash game about a piece of paper blowing about in the wind, and that’s about as crafty as I get.

  21. Aaaaargggghhhh napalmnacey – your Leela costume!!!!! Sexxxxx!!!! *has a thing for Leela and her costume* You did good girl!
    Ah *flustered* thanx for the compliments on my seed jewellery, my flickr account is at , relevant set is “creative process”. More to come at some point.

  22. OK, Mum has been here and just gone to bed, so I can get on the puter and share the scarf pattern, which is very, very close to the one Sylvia found.
    1 ball Noro Silk Garden Sock Yarn (100gm), pair 4.00mm needles
    Cast on 45 sts.
    Row 1:
    k1 *k1, yrn, k5, sl1, k2tog, psso, k5, yrn*, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
    Row 2:
    Repeat these two rows till half ball is finished (abt 80cm).
    Leave sts on needle. Repeat with remainder of ball.
    Graft 2 pieces together to form centre back of scarf.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    If there’s any questions, she’ll be able to answer them tomorrow morning.

  23. Rachel, that is awesome!

  24. Not to be a pedanty knit-picker, but I’ve just been involved in a coprtight discussion on Ravelry and feel I should point out that it’s probably not a good idea to reproduce knitting patterns, as they are copyright. Unless of course the pattern specifically states that it’s free to be copied.
    As the links show there are quite a lot of patterns like that around; what makes it special is the yarn, which is readily available in a huge range of colours. It’s Japanese and quite wonderful. Check online or in your local yarn shop.

    • Good point, M-H – Mum’s pattern came from her knitting shop and has no copyright information on it. I can’t guarantee that they haven’t copied somebody else’s pattern.

  25. LOVE the Tetris quilt! Love love love geeky crafts!!!! Kudos Rachel!

    I can provide copyright free instructions for my necklaces:

    1. Collect seeds from rainforest margins and put holes in them
    2. String them up in pretty patterns
    3. ????
    4. Profit


  26. I think I’ve been using similar instructions…
    *needs to sell stuff in order to justify more wool purchases*

  27. Tell me about it, I’m looking at a shop selling chainmaille rings right now, and it’s like porrrrrn I can’t afford!

  28. Even if someone at the shop wrote it it’s still copyright to them or to the shop. But I’ll shut up now. 🙂

  29. Knitting:
    … and patchwork, now that my sewing machine is fixed:
    … and keeping hands busy (instead of in the lolly jar) while watching TV, some more socks:
    ps love that tetris blanket – brilliant idea and gorgeous bright colours.

  30. As always Sheryl, looking lush!

  31. Thanks mimbles & kite! I’m incredibly proud of it 🙂
    It’s not really a pattern (just tension squares and crocheted edgings), so anybody’s free to use the idea/ design. Although I’d caution against it, because it’s taken over my life!
    (I still have 50 black squares to make. That’s over 24 hours of continuous knitting. All I can say is, thank goodness I didn’t try making a pacman blanket!)

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