I really thought I could do it …

but no.  I bought more yarn.  It’s all nicely wound and zipped up.  But still.  More yarn.  Oh well.  The semester is almost over — only four more days of teaching! — so I guess this was an early celebration … or something.

I do, however, also have an FO … proof that I do occasionally use the yarn I buy.

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This is the Rustic Scarf from the wonderful Last-Minute Knitted Gifts.  I used the recommended (and much hoarded) Rowan yorkshire tweed chunky in Pecan (I think), Olive Oil, and Damp.  Turned out quite well, if I do say so myself.  And it is indeed a quick knit.

Speaking of Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, that book has recently become my knitting bible.  All of my current projects (excepting la madre’s cardigan) are from the book.  It just has such nice, simple patterns that don’t take a ton of time (big surprise) but turn out well.

Which is why I’ve begun the Super-Easy Leg Warmers, again with the recommended yarn: Cascade 220.

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This is The Heathers in a lovely burgundy red; the fuzzy stuff isn’t the recommended Madil Kid Seta, but Filatura di Crosa Multicolor in a kind of variegated red with flecks of gold and purples.  The combination is quite nice; more importantly the leg warmers themselves are turning out small and stretchy: the perfect (non)size for someone with very delicate appendages (which would perfectly describe the recipient and her limbs). 

It’s very easy going, rounds upon rounds of K1, P1 ribbing.  The 12" circular is surprisingly difficult to knit with.  I don’t mind the 16" ones, but I guess those extra 4" really help with overall dexterity and freedom of movement. 

These will be accompanied by the Hand/Wrist Warmers, also in Cascade 220 and Filatura di Crosa Multicolor (this time purples). 

But that’s not all.  Guess what this is …

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Yep, the Child’s Rainbow Scarf from the above-mentioned and much-revered tome.  It’s fabulous!  I’ve promised this one to my sister — as compensation for the eyelet sweater that is not — but I see many more of these in my future.  This one is in two shades of Noro Silk Garden (I don’t remember the numbers, but with Noro, who really cares?  All the colors are lovely.)
The scarf is so easy and yet so pleasing with the subtly changing stripes and the unexpected color combinations.  So much fun.

Also, don’t forget to visit Shobhana’s site and help out with her Bejeweled scarf project.

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