It's done, it's done! Here she is blocking:
I used blocking wires on just the silk boucle portion, since I liked the garter part just fine and didn't want it to stretch out. Gave it a good steaming and then let sit to cool.
She competes with Seaweed Love as my new favorite scarf!
The blocking took care of the buckling middle and the bulging ends. I would still use 4 rows on the half diagonal diamonds in future because of stitch count, but it's good to know the bulging goes away. I think the boucle holds a firmer edge than the Regal Silk. In the pattern photo it sags just a bit.
Multidirectional Silk Scarf
Pattern: Multidirectional Silk Scarf by Iris Scheirer, Magknits.com
Yarn: Danette Taylor's silk boucle (~2.3 oz) and 50/50 cashmere/merino (3.5 oz), both in Bramble Rose
Notes: See above and yesterday's post.
The cashmere/merino has nice spring and is lovely to knit.
Thanks, Noelle, for your comment about Winderwood Farm. I like their rovings and hope I can figure out the email and delivery delay problems. The package smelled smoky, but the rovings themselves, sealed in their baggies, had a different smell, could have been vinegar as you mentioned. I have heard of packages getting a smoky smell en route with the USPS.
Yesterday was Gram's birthday. We brought Chinese and chocolates. What more can a birthday girl want? Oh yes, watches with replaced batteries. Check!
I had her try on mostly done sock one. Too tight! To frog pond we go.
10 Things about Gram
- She had the blackest hair in Neponset.
- She could out-skate her brothers.
- She had 7 or 8 brothers and sisters and took care of most of them. She has 1 daughter.
- Gram retired from Gillette after 41 years as a chemist.
- They wanted her to go to Europe to help but she refused; she doesn't like flying.
- Gram loved to shop at The Christmas Tree Shop; I always expected to see her in the next commercial.
- She has a sweet tooth the size of New England; she always leaves room for dessert.
- Gram crocheted dozens of afghans for family and friends.
- When Scott was younger and lived nearer to her, he would come home to chicken dinners hanging from his door.
- She welcomed me from day one and is one of the sweetest spitfires I know.
Happy Birthday, Gram!