My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



I’ve been working on a non-public project for the last week, so there has not been a lot of knitting progress I can show you.

But I finished this project late last week so I needed something new to work on. One thing I’ve been in the market for is a hooded scarf.  Leaving for work in the wee hours while hair is wet, or even slightly damp after blow-drying makes for a chilly start to the day. A hooded scarf would keep the head and neck warm without causing hat-head.

I did a search for a pattern on Ravelry and bought one that incorporated some nice cablework. I started it but quickly discovered that the pattern had a lot of problems. For starters, the gauge required did not correlate with the finished size unless one were planning on stretching the crap out of the scarf during blocking — not a good idea for a cabled design. And the numbers in the pattern were simply wrong. I fiddled with it for a while but couldn’t make anything that satisfied me, so abandoned it entirely.

I decided to go for a simple stitch pattern, knitting straight. When done, I’ll fold the scarf in half and sew up the back for 10″ or so in the middle to make the hood.

Here is my scarf in progress:

It’s all neatly rolled up. 🙂

This is The Fibre Company’s Tundra bulky yarn, in the “Tamarack” colorway. It’s a lovely blend of alpaca, merino wool, and silk.

Here’s my scarf pattern:

With a U.S. size 9 needle, cast on 45 stitches.

Row 1: Knit across.

Row 2: Knit 1, purl 1 across, end knit 1.

Repeat these 2 rows until you run out of yarn.

I have 5 skeins of yarn, and estimate with my gauge of 4 stitches and 5 rows to the inch, I’ll have a finished scarf that is approximately 11″ across and 75 – 80″ long — good and long so that I can sew up the center for the hood and still have nice long ends to wrap around my neck.

I may or may not add fringe to the ends. I’ll see how I feel about it when I get close to the end.

Book Giveaway

The winner of my copy of My First Cardigan Workbook is MariGayle, who has been emailed. Thanks to everyone who left a comment!


This past week was my cute little Mini Cooper’s birthday — I’ve had him for a year now. We celebrated with a trip to the dealership for annual maintenance and a car wash. And as of yesterday, this was his odometer reading:


Here is Lucy watching her favorite tv show on Animal Planet: Cats 101.


  1. Only 2500 miles in a year? When we lived in Wisconsin, I put on almost 5x that in a year. Now that we’re in California, we don’t drive as often…and when we do, it’s only 5 miles instead of 25 miles at a time.
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  2. So pretty scarf! I may just have some handspun that would work for one.

    The Emperor also loves Cats 101. And pro football.
    Alice in Richmond´s last blog post ..2.28.13 Five days and counting.

  3. I always laugh when you post your odometer readings. I though my 6-8K per year was low, but you make me look like I drive cross country every year!

  4. Love the color of the yarn for your scarf! I laughed at your odometer…my car is one month shy of two years old and has over 22K miles.
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  5. Such a great idea. I often leave the house in the morning with damp hair and had never thought of a scarf with a hood!
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  6. Kathleen K says:

    Lucy’s tail is awesome, it’s almost bigger than she is!
    happy birthday to mini cooper…
    WI, everywhere I go is 20 miles away, and then for real shopping it’s 40. Lots of miles a year 🙁

  7. Great scarf idea. Jealous of the mileage. My jeep is 2 years old in June and already has 33,000 miles.

  8. I love the green. Lucy looks like she’s enjoying the show. Does she learn much?
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  9. Thank you for putting up this simple but wonderful pattern. I recently bought my first pair of Signature straights in a size 9 (the Flip Flop sale) and now I have something to make. Thanks again!

  10. Catherine S. says:

    Lucy! Your tail!

  11. Looks like it will be a simple and beautiful scarf! Love to see Lucy watching her show too and Kathleen K is right! Her tail is really something!

  12. I think the scarf is lovely! What a grande idea! and… when the winds whip up the neck will be warm and protected! What a cute shot of Lucy! haha! Luv that Animal Planet show “Too Cute” with the kittens and puppies!

  13. That is some tail on Lucy. I’m assuming she chose the pose herself?

    And I guess someone has to be at the other end of the spectrum from us, in order to get the average number of miles driven per year that you often hear quoted.

  14. Oh dear – I saw you faved the holy grail of hooded scarves (forget name… not English) and was hoping to see you make it. I guess I need to ditch that pattern from my pile of printouts, then…
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  15. Only one of the several cats I’ve lived with has shown any interest in a TV show. Remember the Benji movies? Yep, The Snow Baby (white persian) had to watch that silly little dog run across the screen — she even hissed a few times. Kinda freaky.
    With my fine but very curly hair, anything on my head = hat head. I’d rather like to make one of these scarves for my daughter — in stripes, I think (to brighten her black wool coat).
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  16. Lovely colour yarn and a lovely simple idea, I’m sure I could manage that 🙂

  17. I started one of these hooded scarves (the Ysolda pattern) for one of my friends, but in anticipation of moving I packed the yarn for it. I will dig it out after we move and she will be able to have it for the next winter.

    I wanted to make this awesome looking cabled one, but the pattern was in German and I just didn’t feel very confident.
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  18. I had a cat, mischief, who would sit on top of the tv and paw at the speed skaters in the winter olympics. I think he favored eric heiden (sp?), if that tells you how long ago that was… Car, over 250K, 20 yrs old. I got it when it was 6.5 yrs old and tripped 26k on the way home. (bought it from my mom who stopped driving.) Love the floof of the tail! And the scarf. Thanks for the post!

  19. Firstly, commiserations on a poorly constructed purchase; such a shame that someone has the audacity to request money for a product that’s worse than useless: a less knowledgeable buyer might think s/he is “too dumb” to understand and give up on cables forever. On the other hand, kudos to you for beautiful patterns with well-written instructions — WendyKnits ROCKS!

    Secondly, I hope I’m not going too far, but what’s up with Miss Lucy’s tail? does she always have it “hanging out” like that? Every kitty I’ve been blessed to know well, has sat with tail curved at least around the haunches, if not tucked demurely in front. Beware if the tip is dancing or swishing: Psycho Kitty dead ahead! 80

  20. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    LOL! We got our cars at the same time last year, and Keelie CRV and I had the same maintenance/ carwash celebration. My odometer reading is around 7,000.