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She of the warm neck

Posted January 10th, 2009 by

Finished neckwarmer

I finished my little neckwarmer project.  And, wow, was it ever a quick knit!  I nearly completed the whole thing while watching TV last night.  I should really call this my “Stargate Atlantis Series Finale Scarf” but I think I’ll stick to the simpler “Malabrigo Neckwarmer.”

The Details

Pattern: Cashmere Neckwarmer by Kim (on Ravelry)

Modifications: None, aside from “translating” needle-speak to loom-speak.

Loom: 15 pegs of the blue 24-peg Knifty Knitter

New techniques I learned: “slip 1 wyif” stitch (explanation here), blocking (tutorial here)

Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky in “mariposa”

Button:  Ah, the button.  Well that nearly deserves it’s own post.  Read on…

Mixing colors in clay

Raise your hand if you knew I was going to do this.  “This” being, mix up colors to match my yarn.  Really, it was inevitable.  I mean, if I’m going to make buttons to coordinate with my favorite fabrics when I’m on a sewing kick, then yarn during a knitting kick couldn’t be far behind.

Making a triangle cane

I decided to make a big button for my scarf, and I decided it needed to be made in my Triangle pattern.  The Triangle cane’s make-up – with three main colors blended together to varying degrees to create a multitude of hues in between – is very similar to that of the yarn and the way it’s main colors blend together to form intermediate hues.

Outlining the big button

Once the buttons came out of the oven, I decided the minty color was a little much.  I had made it dominant on purpose, but I regretted that decision once I saw it in action.  What was missing, I thought, was that bright gold color, so I mixed some up and used it as the border color, hoping it would tone down the mint a bit.

Matching button

I think it was a good choice.  I am pleased :-)

Extra buttons

Oh, and look.  Extras.  Whatever shall I do with those? :-D

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