09 February 2006

More Scribbling


Yes, it's MORE scribble lace! This one is a scarf for my mum, and done with blue thread and an aqua green mohair. It was knitted on 12mm circular needles, and the smoother mohair worked much better than the boucle from my first attempt.
The photos don't really show the colour well...

I gave it to Mum last night, and she loved it - she's in hospital with heart problems, so I'm hoping it helps keep her warm and comforted while they do nasty things to her today.



14th Feb They didn't find anything much the matter, and she's been discharged from hospital - still with chest pain, and a collection of bruises - but no heart or lung disease, which is a relief. At least she has a scarf ;)

8 comments:

  1. it looks great, im sure it will cheer your mum up heaps.
    hope all goes well
    *hugs*

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  2. Hope your mum gets better quick, or at least stabilised and functioning!
    The scribble lace looks lovely :-)

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  3. Thanks — she loved the scarf, and is out of hospital, thank goodness. The diagnosis went from serious heart problems to possible lung disease, and is now back to "We don't know what the problem is, maybe it's asthma." *!*

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  4. glad everything is ok-ish.
    Happy Valentine's Day :)

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  5. I'm impressed...but not a knitter. Well, not much, anyway...just basics, like ordinary scarves rather than lacy ones.

    It looks fairly easy though. Can you explain how to do it in non-knitter terms? (I know "purl" and "plain", but after that you'll lose me!)

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  6. How to do Scribble Lace :

    First of all, check out this post : http://jejunesplace.blogspot.com/2006/01/scribbling.html

    Basically, you need 2 balls of yarn.

    Ball A needs to be thick and smooth
    Ball B needs to be very thin, or even thread

    You also need very thick circular needles. I used 12mm circulars. You could also use double-point needles - but they MUST BE circular or DOUBLE POINTED, not 'ordinary'.

    Using A, cast on however many stitches you want. Knit one row.
    Then join on Ball B, and knit 3 rows in B. The stitches will be really loopy and big.

    For the 4th row: you'll notice that the 'tail' of Ball A is now at the 'wrong' end of the needle to knit with it... SO here's the trick - slide all the stitches along your circular or double-point needle to the other end, where the tail of Ball A is ready to be used. Knit 1 row with A. Then knit 3 rows with B, and keep going until you've had enough.

    Do a final row in A, and bind off. You're done!

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  7. Okay. I think I can do that!

    I'm remembering more than I thought...your older post says to do garter stitch (one row purl, one row plain...right?) But the instructions above just say "knit", which I guess means "plain".

    Does that mean either is okay?

    Also, I hate to ask this of a perfectionist, but wouldn't it also work with ordinary needles and 4 rows of the thin stuff? (I guess I'm the working-with-what-you've-got type!)

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  8. Garter stitch is just knit knit knit; Stocking Stitch is knit 1 row, purl the next, repeat ad infinitum :)

    I don't know if it would work with doing 4 rows of the thin stuff, followed by the thick yarn, cos then the 'working end' of the *thin* one would be at the wrong end of the needles... but worth experimenting!

    Another reason the '4th row' design works well is the thick yarn gets carried up on alternate edges of the work, in a square-ish zig-zag, rather than always running along the same edge of the work.

    I was able to find a 12mm circular needle at Big W for about $7 or so...

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