They got me!

Who got me? They did! You know, those doctors I have around here. I won’t go into too many details here, but I’ll give you some math to ponder. One tooth, two roots, 90 degree angles, four hours.

My little world

Let’s just say I haven’t been feeling well and that’s why I haven’t been around. If I owe you an email can you remind me? I haven’t really left my bed for the last couple of days, which has made my world much, much smaller as you see above. But this isn’t a pity party right, let’s get on with some knitting.

Backyard Leaves

Pattern: Backyard Leaves from Scarf Style
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran 4 skeins in 502
Needles: 4.5mm (US 7) straights
Date Started: 11.22.05
Date Finished: 12.02.05

I’m not sure what to say about this pattern. I’ve already mentioned how much I like it, it’s fun and interesting and yields a beautiful finished object. Three rare qualities all in one pattern, what more could you ask for? This is probably why it took me a little longer to finish knitting than it really should have, I got greedy having fun with it and didn’t want it to stop. If I knit this again I’ll probably knit both halves at the same time (isn’t that all the rage right now anyway?) just so I can have a scarf faster.

Blocking it made me nervous, I really liked the 3-d quality the scarf had pre-wash. What if the giftee would have liked it better as well? I guess it’s easier to wear and tell what it is when it’s flatter, but still, it looked so cool before. I left the two halves to soak in the sink in some kokaburra-fied water for maybe ten minutes and then sprawled them out on towels on my kitchen table. I pinned them so that the sides would have slight curves and the flowers would still “pop” after drying. Alright, so blocking it wasn’t so bad, but sewing the two pieces together, that’s where this pattern gets you. Remember my gripe about why they ask you to practice slipping stitches? umm, do you think they could have skipped that and instead told us how to sew the two pieces together?! Isn’t that a little more important? I could stand one less picture of the ‘brown-haired’ girl if it meant room for this little factoid. oh well. I was going to try an invisible seam, but my plans were killed when I realized that it’s not all st st. I couldn’t come up with anything better than backstitching, blame the codeine. I hope to steam block the seam sometime this week to see if that helps. If not, then I’ll be crawling for help from you guys.

I’m done and right now that alone makes me happy. Though I’ll start to worry soon enough about how the giftee will perceive this. Will she like the Uma Thurman of colors that I picked? Will she mind the fuzziness factor of merino? Should I sneak in a sweater shaver with the scarf? We have less than a month till we find out.

Backyard Leaves with tude

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  • Amy December 6, 2005 at 4:37 pm

    Bleargh. Codeine. Instant puke for me. The scarf is gorgeous! If your giftee doesn’t love it I will beat her up and steal the scarf.

  • Amy December 6, 2005 at 4:38 pm

    Ack – I just saw that you linked to the Twinkle site! I must have that cute deer & orb necklace!!!

  • grumperina December 6, 2005 at 5:56 pm

    I hope you feel better! The scarf looks great on you, even if you aren’t keeping it :).

  • Angela December 6, 2005 at 6:00 pm

    Owwie! I don’t even want to imagine. Rest up and enjoy looking at that beauty of a scarf!

  • Erin December 6, 2005 at 6:45 pm

    hahha. “uma thurman of colours” that totally made my day. i think i emailed you too. hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • Leah December 6, 2005 at 8:41 pm

    Sorry about your tooth! I KNOW that pain! Your scarf looks amazing as always! I really like the “peek a boo” picture! Well done!Feel better soon!

  • Sandra December 6, 2005 at 9:19 pm

    yahaira, i do hope you feel better real soon. I love your blocking modifications. The popping effect of the leaves make for a very cool effect. it makes your backyard leaves scarf look very unique from all the others. “cue in Tina Turner*”simply the best. . .better than all the rest. . .”

  • tabbytuxedo December 6, 2005 at 9:34 pm

    I hope you feel better soon. Ouch!I think the scarf looks beautiful. Nice work.

  • jess December 6, 2005 at 9:41 pm

    the scarf is gorgeous – perfect yarn choice! (i assume that is not the recommended yarn, but what the hell do i know?)feel better fast 🙂

  • caitlyn December 6, 2005 at 9:56 pm

    Yikes, I winced when I read about the dental work. That couldn’t have been fun. =( But Backyard Leaves looks wonderful! Congrats on finishing it!

  • carrie December 7, 2005 at 12:32 am

    pardon my ignorance about this scarf, but why is it knit in two pieces then sewn together? why not knit one long scarf? i guess the leaves would go the wrong way?anyway, i think it looks fab, and the leaves really do pop.

  • Lolly December 7, 2005 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful! I really like the pics of you wearing it too – the sunlight and all 😉 The scarf turned out really well! I am hoping to get this scarf book for the holiday, I can’t believe I have not picked it up yet. This scarf is on my list!

  • Elizabeth December 7, 2005 at 8:59 am

    it looks great! sorry to hear about your teeth, though. and I totally know what you mean about the seaming on this scarf – no clue is offered on how to do it, really. so I just made it up, too.

  • illanna December 7, 2005 at 9:14 am

    Gorgeous scarf Yahaira! Great job. I’m glad to hear that your surgery was a success, and don’t worry- you don’t owe me any e-mails. The Uma Thurman of colors… you crack me up. I can’t tell if you like Uma Thurman or not by that comparison, but if it were me I’d go gaga over the color. But you knew that.

  • Atouria December 7, 2005 at 9:29 am

    I love the scarf and the color! I think your giftee will be thrilled about it. I’m sorry to hear that you aren’t feeling well. Dentists are no fun! Thanks for your well wishes on my blog and I’ll see ya soon! 🙂

  • Brooklyn Handspun December 7, 2005 at 10:48 am

    Feel better – I sure know about those teeth issues…argh. The scarf looks great and although I was liking the 3d look too the blocking brings out the deisign better….great color!

  • Purly Whites December 7, 2005 at 11:56 am

    Love the scarf! Can it be for me instead of the intended recipient?

  • Annarella December 8, 2005 at 2:58 pm

    I love the ‘bed shot’ 🙂 Hope you’re feeling better darling + the scarf is wonderful, really really really nice!Take care xx

  • Jay December 8, 2005 at 4:46 pm

    Wow… it’s beautiful. Great colour too!

  • kris December 8, 2005 at 5:34 pm

    four hours? that’s just torture. poor yahaira!love the scarf. love it. when will i get that cashmerino out of my stash and knit it up?

  • Casey December 9, 2005 at 6:44 pm

    Your scarf is lovely! I got that book to make Christmas gift scarves but then decided not to make any. Maybe after Christmas. That pattern is so pretty and you did a great job. Don’t worry about the seam, no one sees that part anyway. Especially if the giftee has long hair. I do plan on knitting a scarf from another book for a Christmas gift but I ordered the yarn and it’s not here yet and I have to send the gift to L.A. I’m starting to panic!

  • Amanda Woodward December 10, 2005 at 2:06 pm

    did you know that we sorta look alike? I’m coming to this conclusion. And I’d like that scarf please. Is it something my slowness could manage?? I really love th color as well. I’m jealous. Yes. I am.

  • tina December 12, 2005 at 12:46 am

    Dental work 🙁 Nothing like codeine though…next to percocet! I love the scarf! One more thing to add to the huge list of things I want to knit. Everyone should own a sweater shaver, but I’ve yet to need to shave a scarf.