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the.england.scarflette

I cannot possibly be expected to travel any sort of distance without at least one knitting project in hand. Last week I plane, trained and automobiled my way to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England and had some lovely yellow ochre yarn with me. I have challenged myself to not buy any yarn this year unless I need it for a specific project (this came after several episodes of Hoarders. God. I love that show. Read: please don’t let that be me.) and this lovely bit happened to be leftover from a feather and fan baby blanket I made for a friend.


It just so happens that this blanket is for the friend I was visiting! So it’s all very appropriate blahdy blah. Anyhoo.

  • Cast on 42 stitches on a size 7 round needle and knit 10 rows
  • K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
  • Knit the next 2 rows
  • K3, Purl row, K3
  • *Slip the first stitch of each row as if you were knitting

Oh look! Baby yarn factories!!

I made this pin years and years ago but have never had the perfect thing to do with it. Until now. I love how these pieces go together.

And just in case you aren’t into knitting your own scarf, or smithing your own pin, I have them both listed in my Etsy shop – just click on the respective links.

And what is the next project you ask? A grey scarf similar to this with yarn I bought in England. Why did I buy it? Because I had finished this beauty and could not possibly be expected to travel without something to knit! I think that’s a rule at US Customs or something….Really. Look it up.

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fan.and.feather.scarf

I have started my holiday making already and though to some it seems early, I feel I am months behind. But hopefully the frantic work will be appreciated by the recipients. I am caught up on my baby blankets for the moment and decided to take the pattern for a spin as a scarf, and I love it. The fan and feather makes for a lovely and light scarf perfect for chilly fall days, or as a wrap at the office.

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  • Cast on 42 stitches on a size 6 round needle and knit 10 rows
  • K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
  • Knit the next 2 rows
  • K3, Purl row, K3

Then repeat the counted row through your simple knits and purls until desired length and you’ve got it!

 

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reblog:Guest Post: Fan and Feather Lovey — Free Pattern

I am so tickled Natasha asked me to do a guest post on her awesome blog. And what better project to blog about..!?

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Today I have the honor of hosting a pattern by the ever-so-lovely Annie Ciszak Pazar, owner of Anchorage’s Bella Boutique and author of the crafty blog Annie’s Arts and Follies.

I’ve always admired this lady for her unique jewelry and undying motivation for knitting big ol’ scarves and cowls.

Recently a mutual friend of ours had a baby — today actually! I felt like there was no better day to showcase the stunning blanket Annie made for her new little girl. So I’ll hand it over to Annie:

I have a blanket on my bed which I affectionately call Lovey. Lovey was a gift from my grandmother at my mother’s baby shower for me, 30-some years ago. Lovey is still around. And on my bed. Needless to say I have a very tolerant husband and perhaps some slight attachment issues. So when it comes time to make special soft and cuddly…

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baby.blanket.boom

It seems everyone I know is expecting these days (if you don’t think you are, you better check again) and I have been a baby blanket making fool. Coincidentally, I have also been a guest blogging fool! Keep an eye on Alaska Knit Nat‘s blog for a tutorial on the famous Lovey blanket (feather and fan), and the fabulous Robin of Crafting Mommy of Two has asked me to tell you about the latest checkerboard blanket.

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I make the blankets for folks I know will appreciate them (not everyone “gets” 40-50 hours of one’s time as a gift) and it is the absolute best feeling when the recipient gets really excited. It is the definition of ‘warm and fuzzy.’

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honorable.mention

I’m sure my friends and family are sick of me talking about this silly blanket nonstop, but honestly I’m pretty darn tickled that a) I had my sh*t together enough to finish it for the Fair b) had the huevos to enter it into a state competition and c) take home a ribbon! Woo hoo! It was a lot of work, but for the first time, aside from weaving ends, it is totally mistake free – (I pat myself on the back for that, too). And being the masochist that I am, I am contemplating making another one….why not, right? What colors this time?

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fan.fair

I’m working on a another fan and feather blanket, but this one is destined to be entered into the state fair this summer. I will even be teaching myself ( or, *gulp* asking for help) to crochet a little floral border. Exciting stuff!

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