This is a collection of photos that I should have posted before. More will follow eventually, including one of the feather and fan stole I have on the needles.
I'll start with Forest Canopy Shawls. This is a close-up of the pattern knitted in Cherry Tree Hill 50/50 merino and silk DK in Dusk. I think it's knitted on US 8 needles. I think each leaf was about two inches long, but I didn't actually measure them.
And here's as much of the shawl as I knitted before I decided I was going to run out of yarn before it got as big as I wanted it to be. Isn't the yarn pretty? It's an absolute delight to work with. It has a lovely hand feel, it's not at all splitty, and it forms a very nice stitch.
You can see, if you look very closely at the corner, that it's .on a Knitpicks Options cable. Shortly after this photo was taken I frogged the shawl.
Here's a close-up photo of the Forest Canopy Shawl that I finished, just for comparison. It was knit with the same size needles, even though this yarn is fingering weight and the 50/50 is DK weight. I don't knit socks, but I love the hand-painted sock yarns that are so popular right now. They make beautiful lace.
I really like this pattern. It's pretty, it's not overly busy, and it's easy to memorize.
On to scarves. I love knitting scarves. They're useful, they're pretty, they don't take much yarn so splurging won't lead to bankruptcy, they can be complex enough to offer a real challenge, and they don't take forever to knit.
With all that said, here's the Argosy scarf I knitted for my brother-in-law in Iowa. The yarn is Lion Brand Cashmere Blend in Navy. The scarf took four skeins. This first photo shows it just off the needles. It has a lovely texture, as you can see.
Here it is after blocking. It's pretty flat and the pattern has really opened up. I didn't really stretch it, just pulled gently on the edges to make the corners nice and sharp. (Yes, I know the silver needs to be polished and I'm going to do that this weekend.)
And here's another photo to give you an idea of its size. It's about 9 in. wide and 8 ft long. Maybe you can get an impression of its hand, too. This yarn knits up into a lovely fabric. It's soft and cushy and very light.
Incidentally, this is in my dining room. It was late afternoon when I took these photos and this was the best natural light I could find. The wood is black and the chairs are covered with wisteria (pale purple mauve) Ultrasuede. The chairs are lighter than the grey couch and chair in the living room, but not a lot. The carpet is berry colored.
And here's the Morehouse Farms bulky merino scarf that I knitted for my sister-in-law. This first photo is a bit of a close-up so you can see the stitch (garter with drops) and the color.
And here's the whole thing. It's about 7 in. wide and 7 ft long.
This is another yarn that's a joy to work with. I just love it. Beautiful colors of wonderfully soft yarn that just about knits itself. The patterns they recommend are very simple, designed to show off the yarn.