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!

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Shetland Triangle

This is Shetland Triangle form Wrap Style in KnitPicks Shadow. I have completed six 10-row reapeats. The pattern calls for 8 repeats but I think I will do more as my yarn is thinner than the original. I really enjoy knitting this project. The yarn is soft and wonderful to work with and the pattern is easy and fun. I cannot wait to see the Triangle blocked as now the pattern does not stand out so well.
Anna

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Zigzag Stripes












Pattern: Zigzag Stripes
Needles: US 5
Yarn: Peruvian Collection Quechua, from Elann
65% Alpaca, 35% Tencel
2 balls for the scarf plus a 3rd ball just for the trim
Finished Size: 4.5 inches wide, 60 inches long

This is the child's version, 39 stitches. The yarn is a pretty color but it is just barely soft enough for a scarf. It is really not the best use of either the yarn or the pattern but overall, it is nice enough.

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Midwest Moonlight, My Way


My boss returned from TNNA with a small ball of this wonderful new stuff from Artyarns called Silk Rhapsody, which is one strand of Regal Silk and one strand of kid mohair together. The yarn is fantastic, super soft, comfortable next to the skin, very luxuriant. It has a wonderful hazy halo and positively glows when knit up.
I worked this on size six needles, cast on 33 stitches thereby reducing the width by one repeat. I was hoping to have enough to get a small scarflet out of. The project ended at 37" long and is 6" wide - perfect for topping jeans and giving a little kick to every-day garb. I have not blocked it, because that would require me taking it off! It does not really need blocking. It's just yummy, and feels sinful!! Every knitter should have at least one hank of this stuff in his/her lifetime!

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Hello Everybody! Hi Dr. Nick!!


Hi I am so excited to be apart of this knit-along! I have been following everyone's progress and have been inspired in not only knitting my scarf but in what to knit next and what different types of yarns to use.
Currenty I am working on Misty Garden in the suggested yarn but in the color Millet. I got the yarn on sale from Elann and it couldn't be more beautiful. The picture posted here is an old one, right now my I have started on my second ball.

Monday, January 30, 2006

My version of the Lady Eleanor

This is my version of the Lady Eleanor, which is actually the project that made my jaw drop when viewing this book and I just had to buy the book.

I followed directions but mine did not end up as wide as the one in the book. I gifted it to one of the ladies in my knitting group because mainly, I knit the project to try the techniques, not so much because I wanted it.

I used a varigated yarn from Encore and am happy with the results. I did not do the fringe because I was frustrated with it (did this happen to anyone else?) but it turned out well because she didn't like the fringe anyway.

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Love the Second Time Around

I would introduce you to my new project, but I don't know how to pronounce her name. Remember that Seinfeld episode, where Jerry doesn't know his girlfriend's name, but he knows it rhymes with a feminine body part? So, until someone can tell me how to pronounce Ene, I'm going to have to call her Mulva. It's only fitting since I've chosen Misti Alpaca, and a friend once asked, "Misti Alpaca - is that the name of a stripper?"

First, I cast on an obnoxious number of stitches - 375, and placed a ridiculous amount of stitch markers across the row, marking off the 22 pattern repeats. This was all fine and good, until I got midway through the first chart, and that darn double decrease moved from the edge of the pattern repeat, to the middle.
Because the double decrease was no longer on the edge, I no longer had to move the markers - but, unfortunately, I didn't figure that out until it was all messed up:

So, out came the 375 stitches, and all of chart 1 (21 rows), and I started over again. This time, I didn't use the stitch markers on the first half of the chart, but used the double decrease as my guidepost. Then, I put the markers in on the second half the chart, and here's what it's supposed to look like:



So, hopefully the second time is a charm! Now, all if have to do is figure out how to pronounce the darn thing - oh, and do Charts 2, 3 and 4.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Midwest Moonlight- shorten row?

I started Midwest Moonlight (knit picks merino style) and it seems wide. How many of you alum's of this pattern experienced this- did you cut one of the lace/solid row repeats or are you folding it in half when worn? Just curious. (I've only done a few inches so I can be "curious"... once I do a few more, I will be "committed.")

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Lady Eleanor: To Crochet or Not to Crochet?

The body of my Lady Eleanor is complete!



There she is all folded up. I'm looking for some advice, though. The pattern calls for a row of single crochet on either short end to which to attach the fringe. I am concerned that this will limit the elasticity of the wrap. In other words, the body of the wrap is very stretchy (a quality I like), and the crocheted edge is totally inelastic. Do you think it would be a bad thing to leave off the crocheted edge before attaching the fringe? Will it even make a difference, because the fringe itself won't be elastic either? I don't feel like I'm explaining this well, but I thought I'd see whether anyone here had any thoughts, especially if you've already finished or seen a finished Lady Eleanor. Thanks!

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Two FOs

Midwest Moonlight and Interlocking Balloons

Hi Gang. I have been a member of this KAL since the beginning and am just now posting, for various reasons. Here are two projects I've completed from Scarf Style:

Midwest Moonlight, completed Spring 2005. I used Knitpicks Elegance in Cornflower. I am now making another of these for myself (the first one was a gift). The second is Interlocking Balloons in the recommended yarn, same color. The photo doesn't do it justice. It's also pretty well worn, since I finished it last winter.

Here's the link (go to Finished Objects album):

My Wooly Nest

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Vintage Vogue Finished



Finished dimensions before felting - 5.25" wide & 58" long - that's 10" shorter than the pattern says! Yes, one more ball (I used the 5 called for) would have been delightful... Post felting I took the advice of folks on this list & kept stretching it during the drying process. I ended up with 4.5" wide and 63" long! It feels so wonderful I can't even begin to describe! Now, onto Blizzard - just need to add the edging!
Sandy
My Picturetrail

My Backyard Leaves

Hi, I'm Dominique. I'm french.
A post about my Backyard Leaves on my blog : Mon monde parallèle
My next scarf will be Ene !

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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Making Progress

I finally got the green yarn. I've been working on Nordic Lights ever since.



I am a mere ten rows from the shoulders. That's when I stop working the capelet in the round and start working it flat. That should be interesting. It'll certainly slow down since I'll have to purl. I can't wait to be able to wear this capelet!!

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Misty Garden and Lady Eleanor (part 2)



Misty Garden is done!

I'm happy with the colors, very pretty I think. Though the picture (to me) looks like pink and purple, the yarn is actually a very nice mix of grey, peach, soft pink, and brighter pink. (Note: edited the image, I think this is closer to real life!) The yarn is Louisa Harding Kimono Angora in color #6. Size 7 bamboo circulars.

Here's a pic of my progress with Lady Eleanor, done in Noro Kureyon #150 on Addi Turbo size 10.5 (US):

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Friday, January 27, 2006

Lady Eleanor and Misty Garden

Hi all! pics to follow, I promise! I'm working on Lady Eleanor in Kureyon in greys, lavendar, turquoise (drawing a blank on the color)(about 1/2 done) and Misty Garden in Kimono Angora in color 6 (pinks, oranges, grey) (about 60% done). I've also started Vintage Velvet with some Fiesta silk chenille but will probably frog it -- the variations in the color are masking the pattern.

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Backyard Leaves Done

It's been over a year since my last post here. Wow! So many beautiful scarves! I thought I'd share the Backyard Leaves scarf I recently completed. It was really enjoyable to knit, although it took concentration! Not a movie-watching project. This was made with Rowan's Cashsoft, which is a really nice yarn to knit with and makes a great feeling scarf. I knit this for a little scarf exchange that we're doing for the Twin Cities Stitch and Bitch.

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Lady Eleanor- in cotton?

hi everyone. When I joined this knitalong I was really wanting to do Lady E...but struggling to find the yarn I wanted to do her in. now that Spring/summer is coming along, I was thinking of doing her in a handpainted mercerized cotton. Do you think cotton would be too 'heavy' ? I worry about the drape/weight of the FO...though if I did it in a lighter weight it might not matter so much. What do you think? If not cotton, how about silk?

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Midwest Moonlight



Yarn: Austermann Barkarole (from Elann.com)
Needles: US 4
Pattern: Midwest Moonlight


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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Please help with Ene's Scarf!

I've just gotten Scarf Style and my yarn from Knitpicks and am already stuck. Here are a few questions:

  1. I've cast on my 375 stitches, so do I begin row 1 on Chart 1, right half and work through row 1 on Chart 1, left half before moving on to row 2?
  2. I'm confused about where to put stitch markers. I'm assuming I put one where there are green lines (after stitch 4 on row 1 for example). Do I also put them wherever there are red lines? Like, when doing row 1, do I put one right before the 11 repeated stitches and again after and then again after each repeat? There would be a lot of stitch markers in row 1 then, right?
  3. What do I do where there is a gray box indicating "no stitch?" How do I not stitch...do I just slip that stitch? I'm totally confused!

Thank you so much for any help! I'm really excited about this scarf. I'm knitting it for my grandma.

Jodi

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Monday, January 23, 2006

Still Waiting

I've had to stop working on my Nordic Lights capelet. The green I orginally bought was too dark to go with the brown. I ordered the green suggested in the pattern 2 weeks ago and it still hasn't come in. Here's how far I've gotten.



Once I get the green yarn, I'll start working on this again.

In the meantime, I casted on Lady Eleanor. I've seen some many beautiful pictures of her that I had to try. I'm using Noro Silk Garden (of course) #205. The colorway is described as fuschia, purple and black. I'd say that's pretty accurate.

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Sunday, January 22, 2006

My Lady Eleanor





This is my first post and I am excited to join this group. I have enjoyed reading/watching what everyone is doing. I am knitting Lady Eleanor in Silk Garden #230 on size 8 needles. I love this pattern and am having fun knitting this. I also love the colorway...it suits me perfectly. I am on my fifth of 10 balls of yarn right now. Hopefully this will be finished in about a week....I am anxious to wear her!

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Jazzy!



Fair Isle Jazz, made from Elann Peruvian Highland Wool (five balls of Deep Blue Sea, one ball of the other colors), size 6 needles. As I mentioned earlier, I attempted to shrink the original scarf by using smaller yarn and needles; from what I can remember from the store sample I met, I was successful. In my opinion, the scarf made with Mission Falls wool and size 8 needles is way too wide to be worn comfortably; this one is just right (maybe on the big side).

I was officially finished with this awhile ago, but wanted to wet block before posting a picture. Since I still haven't gotten around to that, you'll have to live with the steam-blocked version.

The Highland Wool is really nice, and I highly recommend it. It's reasonably soft, holds cables well, and is just a good yarn in general.

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Hi guys! I haven't posted in a while - but I've got a total of 5 Scarf Style projects on the needles! Yup, I'm a starter, not a finisher... I posted a looooong tiime ago about my Ruffles & Colo(u)r on Colo(u)r - still haven't finished them. Now I've started Lady Eleanor in Noro Kureyon, the Blizzard crocheted project (can't remember if it was called 'Blizzard' or something else right now), and Vintage Velvet in the amazing Touch Me -- never thought I'd pay that much for a ball of yarn, but it is amazing stuff. Can't wait to see it felted. You can see pics of all my SS WIPs at:

My Picturetrail

I hope to finish at least one of these before starting another!
Hugs,
Sandy

Turtleneck Shrug


Here's my turtleneck shrug! What I love the most about it is the fabolous yarn, Idéna mohair lux bought in my local yarn shop, and the long sleeves. You can read more details about the process in this post in my blog.

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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Ene's done!

I took her away with me when I went home to KL for a 3 week holiday with my boyfriend. It's now completed. Woohoo!

I haven't blocked her, and I don't think I will. I am sending her away to live with my scarf exchange pal, so I'm leaving it up to her to block Ene to whatever shape and size she'd like.

The pictures can be seen here.

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Here and There Question

Oh, how I wish I had a photo to post of my lovely Backyard Leaves (which is a steal if you knit it in Andean Silk from Knitpicks...I used the "Hollyberry" color and called it "Backyard Poinsetta"), but I sent it to my aunt as soon as it was finished, as it was a last-minute Christmas gift. I agree with others--a great knit, but NOT one to try in front of the telly.

I bought three skeins of Malabrigo at Patternworks (sale! sale!) the other day for "Here and There Cables," which isn't quite as much yarn as the pattern calls for. A quick read-over leads me to believe that I can reduce the pattern by six stitches and still be able to accomplish the repeat. Those of you who have done this pattern--does that sound right?

Thanks!!
Julie

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Lady Rosa

Here, is my Lady Eleanor:
And, a closeup:

There's something not quite "Lady" like about my version - maybe because the colors are so bold, or maybe because the yarn isn't fuzzy. I did it in Shaeffer's Elaine, 100% merino wool,300 yards per skein, and I think this colorway is called "Rosa Parks." So maybe it's not the "lady" part that is the misnomer, but the "Eleanor." Not quite Sense and Sensibility, but definitely Lady "I'm not Moving to the Back of the Bus." I keep it in my office at work (because we definitely have heating issues), and usually by lunch time, I'm all wrapped up.

One new skill I picked up while knitting this (well, I think I've actually forgotten how to do it because the need hasn't arisen again) was how to knit backwards. If you learn to knit backwards (instead of turning the work and purling), then you don't have to flip the fabric around, which in Entrelac, can be every 5 seconds and everything goes much faster. Great project for the Kntting Olympics for anyone who is thinking about going into training.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

On to the I-cords + Lady E


I have finished up the garter-striped band, and was really excited to start on all those nifty little i-cords. I was a little less enthusiastic after I knitted my first one: it looks a little . . .Scrawny! Does anyone have a "trick" to master i-cords on a size 2 needles? Please let me know soon!
In other Scarf Style news, I have chosen Lady Eleanor as my Knitting Olympics Project! I am on the hunt for the perfect Noro yarn to knit with (the perfect price would be nice, too!). I have never worked the pattern before, so anyone who can share some tips for that, I would be so appreciative. I will remember to thank you all when I reach the podium for my gold medal!!
I sound like a needy knitalong member, don't I??

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Twist and Shout! Twisty Turns Complete!

Hi everyone! I've been lurking for awhile, and everyone's projects look
knit-tastic! Here is a finished twisty-turns, which I have to tell you, I contorted myself into so many positions to get it sewn together, I needed a rubtown and a hottub afterwards! The knitting itself was simple - it's just an 8 foot long ribbed strip, but when I went to sew the "decorative" seams together (let me just say this, decorative went out the window - there was nothing arty about my bunched up seams), I really felt like I had to go back to a remedial home economics class:
First, I laid it out flat (with a little help from my pooch Dexter):
Then, I brought point "A" around to point "D". D is the midway point of the strip, so about 4 ft in:
Then, I sewed the first seam A/D to B/C. As you can see from the picture above, one side of the seam is much longer than the other side. I just winged it (twice), and I think it turned out ok:

Then, I brought the other end of the strip (D/G), around the back:

And then, I pulled G through the whole made by bringing B/C together:

Then, I pinned E to F:

And sewed the second seam. It's hard to see in this picture, but you basically sew the black line to the redline:

And we know have, a completed pretzel!


The yarn is my favorite, Noro, in their new Silver Thaw, number 60-something, I can't remember. Because it's an angora blend, to get on gauge, I had to wet my swatch, and let the angora fluff up. So, in the end, I used three skeins, knit on 8's, and voila!


Let me tell ya, I worked up a sweat! I used muscles I never knew I had! Silver Thaw complete! And, for my next trick, Ene I think, but I'm not quite sure. I also have a completed Lady Eleanor, and I'll post a pic soon!

Happy Knitting everyone!

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Monday, January 16, 2006

Fair Isle Jazz Finished!

You may remember that I had some kinks with getting this done! (I ran out of the main color about 6 inches from the end! So sad!) But several packages from the mailman later, I was able to track down the right color and finish this baby off! I'm really interested to see other people's versions of this scarf (especially the one that uses thinner yarn and smaller needles!)

You can read the details at my blog: Chef Messy

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Finished!


I've completed the Twisty Turns wrap and I love it. Knitting on this was easy but kind of boring. Over 500 rows of exactly the same pattern... but it is cute! I'm sure the instructions were clear to someone who can read or follow a schematic, but I ended up at Knitorious, the best knitting store in St. Louis, where Sandy helped me figure the whole thing out. I've been lurking but this is my first post. I enjoy reading everyone elses posts and look forward to my next project.

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Color on Color on Color . . .

I feel like I am a little late to this party, but I am happy to have found this KAL! Your posts make me want to knit each of the projects from this book!! I am knitting the Color on Color Scarf as my first project from this book--I adore this scarf, and I love working on it. I started it on New Year’s: presently I am finishing section 12, while I think about the 30 strands which will turn into i-cords (on size 2 needles!!) when I finish knitting the garter band!! I'll post pictures soon;0)

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Starting on Ene...

Hey there - long time lurker, first time poster. same old spiel....

Lets get down to it. I've started Ene's Scarf. I'm using Blackberry Ridge Lace Weight Silk/Wool (same as in the pattern). These photos were taken last Thursday. I worked on it all weekend and finally finshed Chart 1 (Thank christ - the next charts are a lot simpler!) so it is further along now.... hopefully i'll take more photos tonight.

I made a few little mistakes, due to semi-confusing language in the pattern, but figured them out and remedied them to the best of my ability. nothing too bad, probably only noticeable to the artist or Ene veterans....

i'll be posting my progress throughout the process... i would love feedback from anyone whose already done this project, or solidarity with anyone who is currently creating!

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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Silk Misty Garden


Hiya, the postman finally delivered my extra skeins of Fyberspates Silk Boucle from Get Knitted so I managed to complete this scarf for my mother-in-law. I have thoroughly enjoyed knitting this, my first project from the book, and I think my m-i-l will appreciate the kind of traditional look of this scarf. I decided I definitely wanted to give her something hand made for her birthday when she presented us with a cross stitch scene of cottages and trees for Christmas. It must have taken her ages to make so I wanted to start repaying the compliment.
So, this was my first project from Scarf Style, but it won't be my last. The great thing about this knitalong is seeing all your work, and prompting me to look again at styles I had passed over in the book. Maybe Rosebud next, or Midwest Moonlight, or, we'll see!

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Nordic Lights

I'm working on the Nordic Lights capelet from Wrap Style. It's my first Fair Isle project and I'm loving it! Fair Isle is actually really easy. I watched the Fair Isle video on knitting help and started.



So far,so good. I'm really looking forward to starting the blue.

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Friday, January 13, 2006

Ene's Scarf finished

Hi all, I have been reading this blog for ages and am enjoying seeing everybody's creations! Amazing what a variety of results we get, following the same pattern but with different yarns and creative differences.

Here is Ene's scarf, knit with Rowan Yarns Cashsoft 4 Ply - merino, microfibre and cashmere blend. Very soft!

I've begun Lady Eleanor in Noro Kureyon colorway 88:

I've also knit a slightly modified version of Misty Garden in Noro Silk Garden, but the photos were pathetic.

Thanks for sharing, everybody!
Irie

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Bright Stripes Finished!


This was a fun one to knit! I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted instead of the recommended yarn because I had some on hand. This seemed to knit up quickly because the stripes are so long!



You can read more of the details at my blog: Chef Messy

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Gray Misty Garden

I've been working on a Misty Garden scarf in gray mohair, and finally took a new picture yesterday! The pattern is so easy that it's good to work on at stitch&bitch while chatting, because I only have to pay attention once every four rows. It gets a lot of attention and admiration for looking so complicated, and my mother liked it so much that I may have to make one for her when I'm done. (This one is for me because I already made a pair of super-warm matching mittens.) I like the one in the book even more, with the color variations, but I think it works well in a plain color too.

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Misty Garden in Fiesta La Boheme Starbust

This is my first time posting to this blog. I'm so excited. I've been lurking for so long and I finally finished something from this book. Here are some pictures and project information.



Pattern Book: Scarf Style
Pattern: Misty Garden

The original pattern calls for Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Kid Mohair Infusion.

Yarn Brand: Fiesta
Yarn Name: La Boheme Starbust
Yarn Colorway: 2210 -Caribbean
Yarn Content: 2-strand yarn (A. 64% Brushed Kid Mohair, 28% Wool, 8% Nylon) (B. 100% Rayon)
Amount of yarn used: 2 balls (1 ball = 165 yards)
Yarn Cost: $32/hank
Yarn Source: Nancy's Knits, Houston, TX

Needle: Size 9 US 24" (INOX)

Dimensions: 7 inches wide and 75 inches long (after blocking)



Project Notes:
This yarn is just so pretty that I find it hard to bitch about it. But it does act strangely though. This is a 2 stranded yarn, each with different stretch. One strand is 100% rayon and the other strand is some mohair blend. As you knit, the mohair yarn starts to stretch and it gets longer and longer until it's noticeably longer than the rayon strand.

So what? Shouldn't effect the knitting. True, but if you're picky like me, different story. The strands were dyed together and as one yarn becomes longer than the other, your color sections start to shift and colors don't match up.

I tried to ignore it at first and it still gave a nice effect. Then I could stand it anymore and started to match the colors up every so often. I would just fold the "extra length" and hold it with the yarn and knit with it. I know, that last sentence didn't really make sense, but I don't know how to explain it in words. If someone really reads this and really wants to know what I did, feel free to e-mail me.

http://boiknit.blogspot.com/

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