Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stitching Saturday: Dr. Who Scarf, part 2

Finished Dr. Who scarf!

Well, guys, I finished it! It was with much relief that I finished my last 20 rows and bound off - this is the longest scarf I've ever completed, and to be done in under a month was quite a feat for my easily-distracted self. Now I just have about a billion loose ends to weave in.

Here are the yarns after finishing the scarf:

Yarns after finishing the Dr. Who Scarf

I started off with 1 skein each of Vanna's Choice in the colors recommended in this pattern. You can see the off-white shade got the most use, but I didn't need 2 skeins, as the pattern recommended. My only substitution was a darker purple - I used eggplant instead.

And, because I'm a nut, I already purchased wools to make another scarf!

Knit Picks Wool for Dr. Who Scarf #2

I was never quite happy with the colors in Vanna's Choice, and the roughness of the acrylic yarn under my fingers. Wool is scratchy, but it still feels better as I knit.

At a reader's suggestion, I'm trying this pattern in Knit Picks Worsted yarn.

Here are the red, green, mustard, and gray - Vanna's Choice on top, Knit Picks bottom. These are almost exactly the same - the olive green is a tad lighter and a truer olive green. Gold is a bit more muted, which I like. For the gray, I chose Cobblestone Heather instead of Bramble Heather, which is a warmer gray - I might change my mind on that:
Red, olive green, mustard, and gray

The purple and brown are the most different - because I used Eggplant in the first pattern, and I because I chose a different brown for the second pattern - Brown Sugar instead of Amber Heather:
Purple and brown

I've found the off-white shade to be the trickiest decision - the patterns on Witty Little Knitter use a lighter shade - examples 1 and 2. The Dr Who Scarf site calls for a darker shade - example 3:

1. Knit Picks - Oyster Heather, 2. Vanna's Choice - Beige, 3. Knit Picks - Almond

I've decided to just try out the Almond shade - so far I find it a bit dark, but I might like it when paired up with the rest of the colors... Can you tell yet that I'm kind of obsessive about color matching? It can be exhausting! :)

I purchased 2 reds suggested on the Dr. Who Scarf site, for comparison:

1. Love This Wool - Terra Cotta, 2. Vanna's Choice - Brick, 3. Knit Picks - Firecracker Heather

They are all pretty similar. The Knit Picks is a cooler red, with a heather pattern that is more visible in real life than in the photo. From a distance, it's pretty interchangeable with the Love This Wool, so I'll probably just use all Knit Picks yarn for this round.

I'll be using size 7 needles, and knitting furiously. Let's see if I get this one done in a month as well!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Three things thursday: vivid bright

Three lovely photos from the following Flickr users:
1. Vintage Crewel - Stitch & Yarn, 2. Home Tweet Home - bakercourt, 3. Party Squid - xsilverdaisyx

Lately, I've been loving super-bright colors - I've even put a bit of neon in my closet. These 3 photos show a few of the shades I am currently loving.

In other news, I'm almost finished with my Dr. Who scarf! Like, 20 rows away!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wildlife Wednesday: swallowtails


I've committed myself to taking more photos of moving objects in an attempt to get better.

This is the first swallowtail I've noticed with an all-yellow body. I believe it's a Giant Swallowtail. It's really lovely in flight.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wildlife Wednesday

green bug



You know, ever since I canceled my Facebook and Netflix accounts, I've been going outside for walks a lot more. There's something about the intense summer heat that I actually enjoy - and the nicest part is discovering wildlife I've never seen, or as I've never seen it before...

I hope to post pics like this more often. :)

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Stitching Saturday: Dr. Who scarf

Dr Who scarf progress

The minute I saw this pattern, I was utterly powerless to resist its lure. I don't know why, but I love stitching things that appear in films or tv shows - it's like making my own little piece of memorabilia. I hadn't even seen the Tom Baker episodes that this scarf came from, but I caught up with them while stitching. I love how blessedly wonky and ugly the actual prop scarf is - it looks like someone messily joined 3 large scarves together - and you can clearly see little hangy bits from ends not fully woven in, etc. So it's a perfect scarf to teach yourself to knit with, if need be - because it's supposed to be rather ugly and thrown-together to be authentic. :)

I found an awesome blog, Witty Little Knitter that helped me choose my colors and yarn - the person that put this together is amazing. She provides patterns for Season 12, 12.5, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17 and 18 - she even gives you the color names for stitching them in up to 6 different brands of yarn!

That said, I'm not entirely happy with my choice - I used the cheapest option possible - Vanna's Choice, and it feels rough under my fingertips - so much so that I got some painful hangnails after knitting for a few days. I know from previous experience that it will soften up with washing, as my Watson scarf did - I just don't know if I'm patient enough to wait that long.

Part of me wants to just splurge and buy all the wools in KnitPicks Swish - my favorite soft wool yarn - but I'm having a hard time color-matching. Another part thinks I should just bear down and finish it as is...

Well, that about covers my weekend stitching plans for awhile - how about you? :)