not so spring-like

springtime bandit
pattern: springtime bandit
yarn: romney ridge farm yarn
needles: 5.5mm
date started: 03.14.09
date finished: 03.27.09

I’m not sure why, but I’ve noticed that my blogging has changed from knits in progress to just fo’s posts. I’ll try to change that, I promise. lately I’ve gotten so focused on what I’m knitting that my project becomes a little cocoon and I just forget about the online world for a while. this happened a little longer than expected with the springtime bandit scarf, a combination of taxes and a never ending chart are to blame.

springtime bandit

I’ve been trying to only knit from my stash, so this yarn may look familiar since I’ve already used it for a hat and for the hap blanket. I didn’t have enough left for a sweater, so an accessory was in order. since I loved my ishbel scarf so much I thought another triangle scarf would be the ticket. I’m still not sure if this was the best idea, this yarn isn’t exactly “soft”, even after washing it, and it doesn’t really scream spring. I still love the color with its slight variegation and I can always wear this come fall or winter for a pop of color. I’ll admit that it did come in handy in the early morning when I didn’t feel like wearing a coat.

springtime bandit

I pretty much followed the pattern as written, but mine came out a little larger than intended. do I call it a small shawl or a large scarf? it’s only two inches deeper than the schematic but it feels huge. again, I just think I chose the wrong yarn for this. that and my row gauge was off. using a worsted weight yarn, I expected this scarf to go a lot faster but that edge chart seemed to go on and on and on. I don’t remember how many times I just had to take a break from it and wished it was over. in the end though it was worth it, I have a super cozy wrap I can wear in those really cool mornings or late at night.

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  • Amanda Elizabeth April 1, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    this is gorgeous and the color looks phenom on you!

  • melissa April 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    you + blue = made for each other. you look beautiful in it!
    i am dying to knit one of those. i adore kate’s patterns.

  • Stephany April 1, 2009 at 6:14 pm


  • Stephanie April 1, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    It’s fabulous and if you think it needs some wear before next fall, send it my way – it snowed here today … again.

  • kate April 1, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    sorry to hear the edge took forever! the end result is really pretty — i agree, that color looks beautiful on you.

  • Lisa April 1, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    This will definitely come in handy in the winter. Love the color!

  • mai April 1, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    my blog started becoming that way too – nothing but FO’s. i decided to abandon it fairly recently, though. anyway, great shawl! i love the color of the yarn.

  • Heather April 2, 2009 at 9:01 am

    OMFG this is amazing! I hadn’t seen this pattern, loving it:)

  • Brooke April 2, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Beautiful! I love the color.

  • Veronique April 2, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    This is a new pattern to me too! How did I miss it?
    That shade of blue is just lovely 🙂

  • Kirsten April 3, 2009 at 6:55 am

    Beautiful! The color of the yarn is amazing!

  • Rocky Moreno April 3, 2009 at 11:56 am

    The stitch pattern is very pretty.

  • gleek April 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    this is such a pretty blue! i’m sure that our cold days are not entirely behind us. you’ll get some use out of it yet!

  • lolly April 9, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    gosh, this is so beautiful. great look for you. that blue is stunning~