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« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2010 02:57:23 PM »

I am jealous that you have your Mother's Day present all finished!

The scarf turned out beautiful! 

The whole package is carefully thought out for your Mom, it seems!  Great job!

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« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2010 03:52:09 PM »

Very pretty.  What yarn did you use for the scarf?  I love the colors.

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010 09:00:56 PM »

Lucky Mom!
That's the "Branching Out" scarf pattern isn't it?
(I knit one for my first Knitting Olympics project back in 2006.)
You have done a GREAT job with blocking it!

What is your pattern for the mobile socks?
More specifically, what is "Judy's system"?
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2010 04:04:09 AM »

Thank you!  That was my first blocking job, and I used... the carpet.  This flipping carpet in my room is like velcro and I have to brush it with a dog brush to clean it properly, no matter how much I rub the vacuum cleaner on it.  It worked great to help me flatten those rebel borders that were folding on themselves.

Actually, the pattern for the scarf is Liesel -you can find it here:
I used 5mm needles and Reflection yarn, which is 80% acrylic, 10% wool and 10% mohair, which means it's machine washable at a low temperature.  I didn't want to burden my mother with yet another thing to handwash.  The yarn is very soft and light, it's DK but it's actually thinner.  And it's got a lovely shine!

The pattern for the mobile socks is Shoediva's Nokia Phone Cosy, and it's free on Ravelry.  That pattern has a beautiful twisted stitch pattern that I didn't quite understand yet, so I stood for basic knit/purl patterns and a bit of ribbing at the top.
And this is Judy's Magic cast-on for toe-up socks.  I recommend it.  It's really simple!

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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2010 12:44:15 PM »

I have SO wisted the scarf! I LOVE the pattern and the colors. It's just beautiful!

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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2010 12:24:58 AM »

Thank you all!  My mother received the parcel on Thursday.  I phoned her yesterday and hey!  No "you shouldn't have bothered" or "that's too much money spent", no "it's OK" or hurried agreements to try and convince me that she likes it.  She does like this scarf.  A lot.  She said she prefers plain colours, for if I want to make her something else in the future, but she loves the pattern and she seemed genuinely happy (and even impressed) with the present, which is sort of difficult to achieve.

Plus, for the first time in I can't remember how long, she talked about something that was not the usual bunch of grudges.  Actually, she told me she used to knit (which I knew) and could make socks with 5 DPNs (which I had no idea she knew existed, since I never saw one at home).  She hasn't knitted maybe for 40 years or more, and yet she was happy to chat a little about knitting.  You have no idea what a change (and relief) that's for me.

So... I'm happy today!

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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2010 08:47:10 AM »

What a beautiful present! It's all lovely but the scarf is especially beautiful. To master a lace pattern like that in your second month of knitting is commendable!! Great great job.

It's so nice that it opened some communication lines with your Mom too Smiley.

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