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« Reply #200 on: November 05, 2005 11:46:08 AM »

i am on my LAST LAST LAST maroon stripe!!!  Cheesy

i can't believe how much wider my scarf got toward the end. my stitches were so much looser than when i started.  i hope that i can fix it by blocking, which i have never done before.  now i have tassels to look forward to, which i have never done before either.
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« Reply #201 on: November 05, 2005 11:49:37 AM »

Those are awesome. I need to keep trying to knit. I am getting there. ^.^
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« Reply #202 on: November 08, 2005 05:39:22 PM »

ok, all done knitting. it is drying on my living room floor.
i am waiting, patiently... Undecided
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« Reply #203 on: November 09, 2005 10:12:16 AM »

I have made progress on my Gryffindor scarf too!  Check it out on my blog:

http://bluecanary.typepad.com
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« Reply #204 on: November 13, 2005 12:02:16 PM »

I've finally finished my Gryffindor scarf - which is a Christmas gift for my brother.  Here's some photos and notes (reprinted from my blog):

 

Yarn: four skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted (MC) and one skein Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted (CC)
Needles: size 8 17" Denise circulars
Time to complete: way too long - about 6 weeks
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*I'm very happy with how this turned out - I think my brother will really like it, and it'll keep him warm during the winters in Brooklyn.  But man, it was a boring knit!  Product over process, definitely.  It's knit in the round, so there's just miles and miles of knit stitches.  Incidentally, this is the last piece I've knit "incorrectly" - that is, with my stitches twisted.
*I actually changed the proportions of MC to CC a bit - my pattern repeat looked like this: 24 rows MC, 3 rows CC, 6 rows MC, 3 rows CC.  This made for about 6 1/4" of knit.  I did eleven total pattern repeats, and then did 24 rows of MC at the end.  The finished scarf is 72" long, which I think is quite long enough.
*Blocking helped make the scarf look better and lie flatter - I aligned all the "jogs" in the rows along one side, which minimizes them a lot - and straightened it out.  I steam-blocked it - pinned it out, sprayed it with water, and steamed the crap out of it.
*The final touch was the fringe, which is about 3 1/2" long.  I think it's so clever to close the ends of the tube by slipping the fringe through both sides of the scarf.  This works really well.  Go, go, Gryffindor!
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« Reply #205 on: November 13, 2005 06:20:42 PM »

Yay!  Congrats, everyone on their scarves!  I just finished knitting mine today.  (yes, it did take me that long...) Now I just have to block it and add on the tassels and I'll be all set...

Now, I have a question...Not that I'm lazy or anything (hah!) but what's the advantage to blocking a scarf?  I mean, I understand the importance of blocking a sweater or something, but a scarf just seems to me like it would be the same before and after...  (As you can see, I've never blocked anything before Tongue )
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« Reply #206 on: November 14, 2005 08:01:09 AM »

This is the result of a weekend of knitting. I took a shortcut and made the Hufflepuff on the Bond (ISM-USM) machine. I need to finish 4 more scarves to donate for my son's high school jazz band auction so I needed to take drastic measures.  



I used Cotton Ease for the Hufflepuff and only made eleven trapped bars because the scarf ended up too long and hit the floor. It is very soft and drapes nicely also it is not as wide as the Gryffindor. The Gryffindor is made out of acrylic Red Heart and is stiffer and not as soft.
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« Reply #207 on: November 14, 2005 10:30:13 PM »

Rosebride, I found that my HP scarf improved a lot after blocking.  since it's a tube, blocking makes everything lie flat and straightens everything out.  It makes it less bulky, too - as I was knitting it, I was unsure as to whether it'd really be practical to wear, since it's so thick and so bulky.  But after blocking, the scarf lies, flat, is even, and drapes better.  so that's my two cents.
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« Reply #208 on: November 15, 2005 03:32:43 PM »

Yippee!  I am totally finished with all four scarves. Here are the last two.



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« Reply #209 on: November 15, 2005 11:21:08 PM »

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Rosebride, I found that my HP scarf improved a lot after blocking.  since it's a tube, blocking makes everything lie flat and straightens everything out.  It makes it less bulky, too - as I was knitting it, I was unsure as to whether it'd really be practical to wear, since it's so thick and so bulky.  But after blocking, the scarf lies, flat, is even, and drapes better.  so that's my two cents.

I see...Thanks! Kiss Even though I was feeling lazy, I blocked it anyway.  It's just about dry right now, and you're right, it does seem much flatter and less stiff. I never understood the magic that a bit of water can do, but I've become a believer! Wink

P.S. Luv2stitch, those scarves are beautiful!
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