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Monday, October 6, 2008

It's Twins!

Knit the harvest! Cute cabled design features pumpkins and vines running vertically up the length of the scarf. Perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Written directions and an easily memorized repeat make this pattern suitable for a wide varieety of knitters.

Includes directions for two versions: one in worsted and one in fingering weight. Both versions require approx. 650 yards yarn (3 skeins Malabrigo, 2 skeins Camelspin.)

The worsted version is more casual, a quicker, chunkier knit, measuring 12” by 60” and using size 7 & 8 needles.

Fingering version drapes better and is long enough to wrap several times around the neck, measuring 12” by 72” and using size 2 & 3 needles.

"Sisters, sisters
There were never such devoted sisters,
Never had to have a chaperon, no sir,
I'm there to keep my eye on her
Caring, sharing
Every little thing that we are wearing
When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome
She wore the dress scarf, and I stayed home"
- Irving Berlin

OK, I can't really claim this idea as my own. Maria, the wonder knitter, was in the middle of my newest scarf pattern, which calls for fingering weight yarn ( I used Handmaiden Camelspin) and emailed me.

"I think this would be gorgeous in a bulkier yarn too. Could you offer a beginning stitch count for that?"

Great idea, Maria!



As long as I was writing up the pattern, I might as well offer it in two weights. So I hied myself to a nunnery LYS and found some luscious Malabrigo worsted in Glazed Carrot. This yarn is bright, folks! Takes carrot top to a whole new level...

So different from the muted, bronze- like shade of the Camelspin. Different texture too. Soft and cushy, springy, fun!

As opposed to the Camelspin's elegant drape and velvety color gradation.

So y'all can have two different ways to knit the harvest.

Are you the kind of person who plants tombstones in the yard and invests $149 on a life size mummy? (no kidding folks; check this out!)



Do you wear your jack-o-lantern earrings and light up pin the entire month?



Do you spend hours in front of the mirror, perfecting your evil cackle, all the better to scare you them with, my dear?


Then you don't have any time to waste! Root around in your stash, find a little bright orange worsted, and get cracking...


Or are you the laid back, tastefully understated type?

Do you hand out Martha Stewart designer popcorn balls on October 31st?


Do you painstakingly arrange an autumn harvest tableau on your mantle, utilizing decorative gourds, seasonal mums, and just the right touch of bittersweet branches?


Do the strains of "We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing.." waft sedately through your cranium, from now till thanksgiving, when you turn the centerpiece into a horn of plenty fit for the heavily laden table, groaning with home baked pies and biscuits?


Then you are a fingering type. You want understated elegance draped around your neck. And you don't mind the size 2 and 3 needles and extra time required to get there from here.

We have something for everyone down here on the sunflower farm.

Or, at least, we try...

Cabled design features pumpkins and vines running vertically up the length of the scarf.

Written directions and an easily memorized repeat make this pattern suitable for a wide variety of knitters.

Includes directions for two versions: one in worsted and one in fingering weight. Both versions require approx. 650 yards yarn (3 skeins Malabrigo, 2 skeins Camelspin.)

The worsted version is more casual, a quicker, chunkier knit, measuring 12” by 60” and using size 7 & 8 needles.

Fingering version drapes better and is long enough to wrap several times around the neck, measuring 12” by 72” and using size 2 & 3 needles.

Release date: Tuesday, October 7th. Now taking pre-orders.



"They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere
When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here--
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossums on the trees,
And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;
But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days
Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock--
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock"
- James Whitcomb Riley

6 comments:

FiberRachel said...

Excellent, finally a use for the load of orange yarn I have lying around, thanks!!

La Cabeza Grande said...

I really do like how you've created this interesting cable pattern. Very nice! Oh, and I'm a glazed carrot person, dontcha know.

Kathleen said...

Oh, this is beautiful! I opted for Leaves of Grass this time around, but pattern is very nice too.

dragon knitter said...

perfecting my cackle? are you kidding me? i 've got it down pat!

Lady Wentworth said...

That web site with the halloween mummies was a trip! I think my cackle is a little rusty but I'm confident that a little practice I'll be able to cackle with the best of them =) Love the new design!

Ann said...

The pattern looks great in both yarns - love them!