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Monday, December 1, 2008

Rose Buddy

“Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying:
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.”
- Robert Herrick

pattern $4
over on the sidebar>>>>>>

12 in wide by 64 in long
(unblocked – blocked measurements will be larger)

4 skeins (600 yd) MALABRIGO Silky Merino
or other dk weight yarn
size 7 (US) needles

each pattern repeat = 1 and 3/4 inch

Advanced Beginner

This is a great first lace project. The pattern is easily discernible and corrected if you make a mistake. The heavier yarn makes the pattern both more visible and more easily executed.

Great results for little effort: my kind of pattern... especially this time of year!

I decided to leave this one unblocked. I like the deeper texture. But feel free to block if you like. Then the holes will open up and present a lacier facade.


And now it is time to announce the winners of the Name That Scarf contest.
I had so many great entries. It was very hard to choose. Y'all have an amazing amount of creativity!

First place goes to...
(followed by dramatic pause for effect)
(followed by your sigh of exasperation)

Andrea: for her entry:


After the exquisite Soviet pair who won Olympic Gold in two consecutive games: Innsbruk 1964 and Grenoble 1968.

I had many wonderful references to ice and snow and ice skating. What put this one over the top was the fact that the name, while true to the original's conception as an ice blue confection, would also be appropriate if knit in other colors.

Andrea will be receiving the first copy of the pattern when it comes out later this month, as well as a complimentary copy of my Poinsettia scarf pattern, which is otherwise limited to Garden Variety Collectors.

Honorable mention goes to:

  • Cindy, for her entry of "Mazurka", which, in addition to being a Polish dance, is an ice dancing move.
  • Megan, for her entry of "Damhsa", which is Gaelic for "dance."

Megan and Cindy will also receive a copy of the pattern.

But no one gets anything, if you don't send your email addresses to susanpandorf@comcast.net! All of your comments came through with no return email specified (Don'tcha HATE IT when that happens?)

An E for effort goes out to Gr8knitwit, who sent me not one, not two, not three, but...



And the Miss Mr. Congeniality award goes out to Phoebe's husband who joined in the general frivolity, contributing:

  • Sasha Stitch
  • Scarf-y Hamilton
  • Yamaguchi Yarn

Sorry DH. Mr. Congeniality wins nothing but our thanks for your participation (Sorta like the real thing, isn't it?)

Thank you for all your terrific ideas. This was a lot of fun...

And that's a wrap. See you all tomorrow...

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