Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Faultline

I decided to make a birthday gift for one of my best buddies (for her ending-in-zero birthday).  I asked her what colour/s she'd like (without totally giving it away, but not very well, heh!) and she said teal green or blue.

I had a bit of a dig in my stash and came up with (I hope) the perfect yarn!  And I wanted a relatively simple pattern, a bit of lace but not too much, and one that would use up as much of the yarn as possible.

And this is what I came up with:
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Pattern: Faultline by Gabriella Henry (one of my blog buddies, SweetP!).  She designed and sold this pattern to contribute to the fundraising after the Christchurch earthquake(s) last year.  Knit sideways, with a geometric lace pattern, it was the perfect choice.  And a nice quick knit too.  And it's not to late to purchase and have your donation counted for Christchurch.
Yarn:  Fleece Artist Sea Wool in (I think) Marine.  A lovely blend of teal, blue and purple, which of course I cannot capture accurately in photos!  The skein was 122g at the start, and I used all but 9g.  I got through 11 increase repeats, and then started the decrease repeats. If I was making this again, I would do another half repeat increasing, and then start decreasing. I think if I'd done that this time, I would have used all the yarn! 

The yarn is a70/30 blend of merino and sea cell - interesting texture, not as soft as I thought it would be, a little bit crunchy even.  It blocked out beautifully though.
Sticks:  KnitPicks Options, 4mm.  I'd think about using bigger sticks next time as this made quite a short scarf - just over a metre long before blocking.  But once I stretched it out after a nice long soak, the garter stitch relaxed beautifully and now it is a nice 1.65m (65").

Time:  9 January -30 January 2012.
I'm very happy with it - I hope Helen will love it too!

18 comments:

DrK said...

its just gorgeous. what a thoughtful gift, im sure it will be much appreciated!

LynS said...

Oooo, I don't remember seeing this pattern - what a nice mixture of plain garter stitch and decoration. I can't imagine anyone not loving this gift.

Gidgetknits said...

She must! That's really cute and the colour is great. I love the long shawls.

Michelle said...

Gosh that's lovely! I have a funny feeling I bought some of the Fleece Artist in NY last October. Shall have to go and check!

Dorothy said...

Just popping in to let you know I have passed on to you the Versatile Blogger award. Enjoy the rest of your week. xox

Lynne said...

It looks absolutely lovely.

A blogging buddy of mine has said that putting something grey in the photo (that can be cropped out later) will make the colours truer. I haven't tried it yet but she swears it works because the camera focuses on the grey.

MadMad said...

Oh, that's beautiful! How could she not?

Donna Lee said...

Of course she'll love it. It came off your needles. And it's beautiful.

Linda said...

Lovely, lovely scarf, and colour. I hope you are well.
Linda
x

del said...

Who wouldn't love it? What a wonderful gift.

Ingrid said...

Very pretty - thanks for the tip on the pattern, I haven't seen it before.

jp said...

What a gorgeous pattern and the Sea Silk is such stunning yarn.

A gift to be treasured

amy said...

It's beautiful. What a great looking pattern!

Bells said...

Finally we get to see it. It's gorgeous. Really nicely done.

Faeryfay said...

Ooooooh lovely gift! This is a very pretty knit!:-)

2paw said...

It is beautiful, and such a nice pattern. The colours in the scarf are lovely!!!

Zena said...

Ooh what a gorgeous scarf! I haven't seen the pattern before. I'm sure it will be loved.

Ann said...

Lovely pattern & a really gorgeous gift for a birthday.