Scarf Style/Wrap Style Knit-Along

The inspirations for this knit-along are the Scarf Style and Wrap Style books (from Interweave Press); should you wish to share your creations from the book, this is a wonderful place to do it. Also welcome are helpful tips, corrections, ideas for variations, and suggestions for materials. This knit-along will last indefinitely, so join any time!

Monday, October 31, 2005

Double Helix Ruffles

(to be fair, I've noted that another blogger noted the "double helix" comparison earlier - cool)

Hi,

I'm new to the knit along and new to knitting! In fact, my very first project is a rendition of the popular "Ruffles" scarf. A few inches into it, I became curious to see what other people were doing with it, and I was delighted to stumble onto this blog. Seeing all the different "Ruffles" variations you've all come up with, as well as the other projects, has been fun and inspiring.

I've always wanted to knit, but never got to do it. But recently, I graduated from my college in Chicago and moved out to a small school somewhere in Wisconsin for graduate work - without a car and without the ability to drive (Spent most of my life in Taiwan, where every corner had a 7-11.) I've been finding all sorts of creative outlets to keep me sane - kiting, embroidery, music...and knitting! Together with a few brief "Learn to Knit" beginner booklets, I bought two first books, and the ones that made me feel inspired were Scarf Style and Loop-d-Loop. I started "Ruffles" first, and in the meantime started and finished a cowl from the other book.

I wanted a first project that would be challenging enough to hold my attention, attractive enough to motivate me, and straightforward enough that I wasn't going to get a headache trying to read charts. After a few hours of teaching myself knitting and purling, I tried to begin three times. The fourth time, I tried the cable cast-on, and it was a success.

But after a few rows, I desperately wanted the spine to be a different color. So that's what I've tried to do. In the picture, there are some stitches where I screwed up the travelling yarns a bit, but for the most part, I got both sides to look the same and moderately neat. Also, my stitches are not very perfect yet. In the more recent rows, I've been practicing combination knitting on one side and western on the other. I'm having trouble making knit and purl rows exactly the same tension, and keeping both legs of the stitch the same tension.

Yarn is Classic Elite Montera (wool/alpaca)in four different colors (a light blue not shown) - yes, it's a rather heavier yarn than recommended (because I didn't understand yarn labels back then!) but aside from the scarf being heavier, I do like the stiffness it adds to the structure.

My dream right now is that someday, the experience I gain from working this project will allow me to create a scarf that looks like DNA.

Obviously, I am having way too much fun :-)

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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Misty Garden


Misty
Originally uploaded by carmelnap.

So, it's been a while since I last been here. But I am always checking in and see and whats up. I saw someones Misty garden and was inspired to start my own, to add to the collection of scarves I already have for this winter.

It is done in kid printed merino in the color taupe.

Enjoy!!!

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More Eleanor help


Well, I was very happy to learn that in the right triangle I only knit eight, and that seems shaped correctly, but when I slip the last stitch to the right needle, as you can see, I can't pick up toward the center of the row. Can you tell what I'm doing wrong?

Misty Garden

Hi, this is my first post although I've been a member for a while. I started Misty Garden last week, using some Jaeger Mohair Art I picked up in the John Lewis sale. It's not variegated, but I still love the colour and the way it's turning out! Only problem is, it's for my Mum and it's hard to knit it without her seeing!

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My Midwest Moonlight

Hi - I'm Linda and I'm new to the knitalong. I'm knitting Midwest Moonlight from knit picks merino style in rhubarb. Even though I keep messing up the pattern I'm enjoying it very much.

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Saturday, October 29, 2005

Eleanor Help

Hi. Okay, I've finished my beginning row and the first tier--but I have a question on the right side triangle at the end of tier one.

After I've picked up the eight on the exterior selvedge and turned, the directions say to "knit all stitches in this section." Does this mean 8 or 16?

Sorry to be a bother, but I'm becoming far too accomplished at unknitting and I don't want to take any chances.

Thanks.

Melody

Friday, October 28, 2005

Hi! My First Message (Lady Eleanor)

Hi. I've just joined this blog. I'm so excited to see a group working from a particular book. I think it's a very good idea. I also love the pictures--that's probably how I started this.

I'm about to start the Lady Eleanor for the fourth time. I'm an intermediate knitted (a couple sweaters, a little fair isle) and need to make this for Christmas. I'll get the first tier fine, but the second has a problem. I have a knitting class each week and my teacher can't figure out what I'm doing wrong either.

Have any of you seen any complications with the pattern?

May I post problems and hope for answers on occasion?

Thanks.

Melody

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Monday, October 24, 2005

new poster

Hey everyone. I've been reading this blog forever but for some reason, joined in late. Once my battery's charged on my camera, I'll post photos of what I've done so far: Interlocking Balloons and Midwest Moonlight. I started Ruffles some time ago, and it was easy to knit, but when i lost track and messed up, I found it impossible to backtrack. So that one is shelved.

Next up: Another Midwest Moonlight, for me, and then Backyard Leaves. Everyone has done such beautiful work - endlessly inspiring, this book!

Viv - no blog
NH

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Blocking Backyard Leaves

I finished knitting the two halves of Backyard Leaves this morning - now they're blocking, and looking so pretty! Here's a closeup of the two end pieces:



I'm sure someone else has observed this at some point on this blog - but blocking is really important for this scarf. The finished pieces look kind of cool, but the definition and detail really pops out when the pieces are blocked. Here's a comparison shot for you - blocked piece next to unblocked piece:



I love this project... I can't believe it took me so long to knit it. It's going to be a Christmas gift for a friend... but I think I'm going to have to knit one for myself at some point. I highly recommend the Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for this scarf - beautifully soft to work with and to wear - and it takes four balls.

Cheers,
Elizabeth
A Mingled Yarn

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Can't Resist ~ Noro Lady Eleanor !!!


Hi everyone -

I have been watching all the beautiful Lady Eleanors' being showcased here on the knit along blog and was inspired to start mine this week. I am only two balls in, I am using Noro Silk Gargen # 87 ( rainbow ). I am really loving this knit, entrelac is brand new to me, I would recommend this pattern to anyone who wants a nice little challenge ! No need to search out more directions for entrelac, I am finding the ones in scarfStyle to be excellent. Have fun and check back in a WHILE to see my finished stole !!! Good luck to all who knit Lady E !!

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Here's my Misty Garden!


Now my Misty Garden is finished. From 3 skeins of kid merino in the colour 'roses' i ended up with a 190 cm scarf.



Another picture of my wearing it can be seen in this entry in my blog.

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Friday, October 21, 2005

I've just joined


Hello

I'm French, my name is Sophie
I've just finished Ene's scarf.
It's a red one, the chart was great
Here's a picture


I've just ordered some yarn to do Stripes and bobbles

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Found Password and Finished Lady Eleanor

Greetings! I've been in this Knit-along for months, but lost my password and name. But I found 'em! (Gotta go through that Favourites List and clean it up. There's all kinda things hiding in there...)
The only thing I've done so far in Scarf Style is the Lady Eleanor.
Unfortunately I don't have a digital camera...but I do have a scanner.
Here is a segment of the stole.
I did it with Prism Dover, which is a hand-dyed nylon/rayon blend.
It turned out quite wonderful, if I do say so myself.
Before I even saw the Scarf Style book, I'd been dreaming of an entrelac stole. I love entrelac and wanted to try to make something bigger than a hat with that pattern.
My dream was that I was going to use Noro Silk Garden, which I can stand to have next to my skin. (I adore Kureyon, but can't wear it.)
My LYS had a sample sweater made with Dover.
The sweater wasn't exactly my style, but the drape of the fabric really appealed to me.
It's easy to knit with and the results are wonderful.
For my next project out of Scarf Style I'm thinking of doing the Misty Garden with some Rowan Kid Soft I have sitting around waiting for me to find a project for it.
Anyway, there is some wonderful work here at this Knit-along.
Congratulations, everyone!
Later...

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

Intro and Backyard Leaves

Hi everyone!

This is my first post, although I joined this knitalong ages ago. I've loved seeing all the gorgeous projects from the book take shape here in the meantime. I finally have started my Scarf Style project - Backyard Leaves. (I bought the yarn last January). I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a lovely apple green color. I've got a photo of my progress on my blog (see the link below) - I'd post it here but Blogger doesn't seem to be uploading my images at the moment. I am loving this scarf so far - the pattern is so intriguing.

Cheers,
Elizabeth
A Mingled Yarn
http://www.elizabethklett.com/knit.html

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Saturday, October 15, 2005

Another Lady Eleanor


I just finished the fringe on my first Lady Eleanor! I used Merino yarn from Handpainted Yarns in 3 different shades of green. I bought the yarn at least a year ago so I don't think they carry these colors anymore. It is so soft! I highly recommend this yarn if you haven't tried it. I have another of these shawls on the needles using Silk Garden #88. I can't wait to finish it!

Tami
blueroseknits

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vintage velvet almost done

hi everyone. this is my first post on here, even though i've been stalking the blog since it's creation to look at all of the beautiful scarves from scarf style. i am working on the vintage velvet scarf in muench touch me in a discontinued color (3660) that i got in a trade. i am on the last ball of yarn and unfortunately it looks like my scarf is going to be short. i used the number of recommended skeins but it's not enough and the color is nowhere to be found. so i think i'll just bind off and felt it anyways and maybe someone with a really skinny neck can wear it. i'll post a pic once it's felted but here it is right now:

closeup

sorry this pic is kind of crappy but natural light is hard to find when you work all day. i think i might try the turtleneck shrug after this with some stash yarn. i love this book!

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Intro, I think.

Hi! :) I'm Manda, and I reside most of the time at my main blog, Hello, Lovely, or my knitting blog, Knitting Psychos. I don't think I've posted here yet, thought I've been a member for a little while. I love the Scarf Style book & am waiting (im)patiently for Wrap Style after hearing so many good things about some of the patterns in there.

I finally finished my first of three projects from the book. It's Misty Garden in Jo Sharp Kid Mohair Infusion #615. Here's a picture, so I don't go over the size requirements. :)

I'm also currently working on Vintage Velvet in Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk (color: Navy) and Interlocking Balloons in Araucania Nature Wool #36 (a nice grey/blue color). I've been having issues w/ IB thanks to reading the wrong chart row at the wrong time, but I've got a magnetic board w/ rulers and things to help me with that now. :)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Introduction

Hello All. I have posted a couple of times without introducing myself, but finally have the time to do so today. My name is Suzanna Wilson. I live in South San Francisco, California, with my husband, and three-month-old daughter Calista. Don't ask me how I have time to knit with a new baby. Somehow I've just figured out a way, whether it's while she's sleeping, or whether it's in the car when we're out driving around (I'm a passenger, of course.) I just started knitting a couple of months before she was born, as something to do to pass the last few weeks of pregnancy away without having to focus on how uncomfortable I was. I used to crochet a lot but got bored. I had always wanted to knit, so I just bought myself the Debbie Bliss book "How to Knit" and figured it out using that book, and finding little movies on the Internet showing live steps to get through stitches I couldn't understand. I started with knitting her Aran Throw project from that book. I went into labor about three repeats in, (out of 19 total) almost the minute I realized that I'd totally skipped over the first line in the pattern which was to "Knit 13 rows." As I was trying to figure out how to fix that mistake, my water broke. Needless to say I didn't pick it back up for a while. Then I started it again when my husband and daughter and took a road trip to visit my parents in Portland.
There is a wonderful shop called "Knit Purl" in downtown Portland near my parents' place where there was a finished version of Ruffles sitting there, right on top of the Scarf Style book. The shop proprietor told me they couldn't keep copies of the book on the shelf, so I bought one of the two copies they had. I opened the book and decided I had to start knitting scarves instead. Big Throws just take too long and I wanted a completed project.
So from that book I decided to start Ruffles (about 1/2 way finished) and just finished Backyard Leaves.
I never imagined I would be this addicted to the hobby.
Believe it or not I have started any baby projects... yet. Sometimes when my daughter is in her swing, she will stare at my hands while I knit.
I am so impressed with the WIPs and finished projects that everyone shows here. It is really an inspiration to keep challenging myself. (And of course spending money on supplies...)
When I finish Ruffles, I will post a picture, and maybe use my daughter as the model. :)

As for being a mother, it is the best thing ever to happen to me in my life. I will be turning 40 in December. I never thought I would do it, but now that I have, I wonder why I waited so long, and would do it again tomorrow!

Thanks to everyone for their wonderful posts!

New member doing a misty garden

Hi everybody! I'm a new member of this blog. If you want to learn more about me please visit my blog.

Right now I'm working on a misty garden (like everybody?). I'm using kid merino, the colour is called 'roses', which by the name should be perfect for the misty garden. ;) I have to use double yarn, but was not sure whether it would look nice, so I did two samples in single and double yarn, on needles 3.5mm and 5mm respectively. Colourwise I didn't think the difference was significant, so working on the thinner needles only yields unneccessary pain.

CamillaS misty garden

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Pictures as promised!

Good Evening!!
Pictures of the Ruffles scarf and the Vintage Velvet!

My little girl (Precious) checking out the Ruffles! She got caught playing! Perfect pic opportunity!

Vintage Velvet still in progress (almost done!)


And a close-up of the cable. This is the first cable pattern I have done and it wasn't as complicated as I thought it would be.
Happy Knitting!
D

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My Interlocking Balloons



Well, here it is--not blocked yet. It came out exactly the right size, except I actually had to do one less repeat to get the length (and I was out of yarn at that point, anyway-- makes me think the pattern is maybe wrong?).

Yes, it's true, this is exactly the same yarn in exactly the same color as in the book, as requested by the recipient. Recipient does not, happily, have that facial hair, though.

Maine Merino is lovely, by the way. Sort of soft and nubbly and crispy all at the same time. Couldn't afford to make anything larger than a scarf, though..

Karen

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Hello to ALL!

Good afternoon!
I'm posting for the second time on this Blog! Please forgive me if I don't do this right! I have been away for quite some time! Tipper I sent you an email requesting how I was to log onto the blog, but I have figured it out! (I hope!) WOW!!! talk about some beautiful work!! I am truly amazed at what I have seen on ALL the posts!! What a great group of talented people!! I have finished two Ruffles scarves and I'm close to finishing the Vintage Velvet. I have substituted yarns for all three scarves. For the two Ruffles- one I used Colinette Skye in the colorway Jamboree (first post on Blog with pic. in March 05?)- second Ruffels I used Noro Kureyon colorway 52. For the Vintage Velvet I decided to use the Cascade 220 I had in the stash box. I don't plan on felting it. Sorry for not posting pictures along with this! I'm at work! :) For my next project from "Scarf Style" I got my yarn for Lady Eleanor last night!! I have seen the Lady E's made with Noro yarns and have fallen in love! I have chosen to use silk garden. Well I must run for now... the boss is calling.. I'll post pictures as soon as I can!
Thank you all for the inspiration!!!!
D

Another Ruffles Scarf



I saw this being knit at the very first knitting group I ever went to and thought it was cool, but didn't plan on knitting it. But months later, it still had me intrigued, so I decided to try it out. Lots of people commented the day I wore it out for the first time, and they all seem equally fascinated: "You MADE that?"

This was a fun little project! It took me just about 2 weeks to finish and was great "football knitting." I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple Red (about a skein and a half). Size 6 needles made my scarf a little floppier than I wanted it, so I actually switched down to Size 5.

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Monday, October 10, 2005

My Misty Garden

My Misty Garden is done:

Misty Garden

I used Curious Creek Fibers Etosha in colorway Sunrise on Daffodils - it is such an easy and quick knit that I am thinking of making another one with this yarn.

But for now, next on the needle is either Campus Scarf from Scarf Style with Filatura di Crosa 501 for my father or Interlocking Balloons with Far East Collection Cashmere for my father in law.

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Backyard Leaves Seam Question

Well, I've completed both halves of Backyard Leaves and blocked. Now I need to seam them together. Can someone who has completed the scarf perhaps tell me what method of joining the two halves togethr you used? Also, in seaming the cast on edges, did you seam the entire bottom section, or just the bit that was actually cast-on. I know that probably sounds like a dumb question, but I just want to make sure I finish this correctly, now that I've actually finished knitting the entire scarf.
-Suzanna

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Also Plying Misty

Here's my Misty Garden in progress, worked in Cherry Tree Hill Baby Loop in colorway Spring Frost. This one is for a cause.Misty Garden scarf begins

Baby Loop is a bouclé mohair. Ordinarily, mohair gives me itchy fidgets, but Baby Loop is as soft and light as soap bubbles. The bouclé loops seem to keep both shedding and the itch factor at bay.

I'm also amazed by the way the feather and fan pattern tames and shows off a variegated yarn. When knit in stockinette stitch, the gray tones in this colorway become almost transparent and the pastels pool unattractively. In feather and fan, the colors remind me of Monet's waterlily paintings.

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Lady Eleanor

Hello everyone! I am new to this knit-along blog, but I have finished the Lady Eleanor, and wanted to share some pictures as well as the edging I went with for finishing.

First of all, here's Lady E in all her splendor:
Lady Eleanor, Completed!

Knit with Noro Kureyon, 13 skeins (I wanted it longer), in color #138. The colors are a bit more muted in real-life. I also wanted a unique fringe of some sort, and I didn't want tassels or pompoms or anything "loose". In looking at the entrelac, and how it seems to weave under & over, I thought: "I-cord!" and proceeded to make 28 little strands of i-cord, tacking them at the points, overlapping them & tacking at the overlap & weaving in a bunch of ends. It's not exceptionally precise, or blocked even, but I like how it looked. There are a couple more pictures over on my Flickr account, you can click through to that via the photos.

Close-up of the i-cord:
Lady E's Fringe

My next project from the book is Vintage Velvet - I started it last Monday, and basically couldn't put the scarf down - so now, the knitting's done! I need to felt it and it will be finished. I used 6 skeins of Touch Me in yummy purple.

Sorry for the long post, but it's nice to be here & I look forward to seeing & making more from this book!

Jennifer in Kansas City (PlazaJen)

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Hello Everyone

Hello Everyone!
I am new to the blog. I learned to knit about two years ago but it never really took off. I recently got back in to it over the summmer. I have mainly knitted scarves and bookmarks. Nothing to unusual.I recently bought the book Scarf Style and cannot wait to start. I am going to start on Lady Eleanor first for my Grandmother. Any yarn suggestions? I was thinking something blue or green. I also wanted to ask if I need to do a slip knot on the backwards loop cast on? Thanks

-Claire

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Misty Garden

Here is my Misty Garden, about 40 inches done:

Misty Garden

I am using Curious Creek Fibers Etosha in colorway Sunrise on Daffodils.

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Ene's scarf hit the frog pond

I was almost done with chart one and I have been thinking that the left half just didn't look the same as the right. But I kept going, trying to convince myself that that was the nature of lace and it would look right when blocked.

Well, last night I finished chart one and I added a couple of sections to my denise needle set so I could stretch it out and see what was going on. My stitch count was right but apparently I got off track somewhere and the left half is a MESS!

I frogged it last night and am not sure when I will cast on again. I think I am going to cast on for Backyard Leaves and do Ene later this winter.

375 stitches X 22 rows = :-(

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Lady Eleanor is 100% complete!

I have finally finished Lady Eleanor. Here is a pic of the whole thing and a close up of the fringe. Yarn used was 11 skeins of Noro Kureyon in colorway #92. I started around September 9th and finished last night so it took a little less than a month to complete.
Kim

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Introduction!

Hello everyone!

I joined a few days ago, but I only now received my yarn (Debbie Bliss's Cotton Cashmere) and needles (Crystal Palace Bamboo straights, size 5) for my Midwest Moonlight Scarf.

I've been knitting for more than 2 years on and off now, and am currently working on finishing my first pair of socks and yet another scarf while juggling sophomore year university studies. I hail from the Boston, MASS area, where the weather can't decide half the time whether it wants to be warm or cold, and I dream of making Seattle my home someday.

I'm looking forward to knitting along with everyone . . . I have to say, there're some really lovely scarves here- what an inspiration :)

Best,
Lily :)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Stripes and Bobbles Away!

When last seen, my Noro Kureyon Stripes and Bobbles scarf was bobbleless, a truly deplorable condition. Thanks to your helpful comments, she got some bobbles of fuchsia, yellow, brown, and green DMC Tapestry Wool.Stripes with Bobbles yarn

Amazing to relate, stripes held together only with bobbles form a stable, comfortable fabric. The scarf coils around the neck and the loose ends swing in the most beguiling way. The stripes show off the long color runs in Kureyon beautifully.

This one is a gift and has been sent to her recipient, but I think I must make one for myself. Thanks to those who commented – blogging really helped keep me honest!

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Monday, October 03, 2005

Backyard leaves question

I tried to test out backyard leaves today and i am totally confused. Pardon my ignorance...I thought I was an intermediate knitter but perhaps not. My questions are:
1. Is the set up row a RS or WS row? does it matter. I assumed I worked the chart from right to left with the set up row and then continued on from there. Set up row and first two rows of chart are fine which brings me to question
2. at which end are the stitches cast on to row 3? Is it possible to cast on stitches at the beginning of a row? If not, how do I accomplish the 3 extra stitches at the other end of row 3? and for question
3. Am I a total dolt? Is it just too late for my brain to work? shoudl I just rake up the leaves and be done with it?

yeah...yeah...I know that is way more than 3 questions but I hoped I could squeeze them in with nobody noticing. :-)
Kim

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Vintage Velvet Progress

I've been working on Vintage Velvet for a little while and finally got around to taking a picture of it.

The yarn is so dark though, I don't know why I was so fussed about getting a picture of it. I'm using Touch Me in Eggplant (very deep purple) and am nearly finished with the second ball of five. My favorite LYS had a finished one hanging in the store and I just couldn't resist the pull of this scarf. The drape and softness in the finished work is incredible. Can't wait to share a finished picture with you. Now, just to finish it. :D

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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Finished knittting Lady Eleanor

I finished the knitting part of Lady Eleanor. Here she is blocking and drying... Yes, I did straighten it out after I took this picture.

All that is left is to crochet the short ends and add the fringe. I started it somewhere around Septemebr 9 so it has taken me a little less than a month to do. Not bad considering I am also working on Ene's scraf, too.

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