I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hydrangeas in April...with Ruffles

Blue skies! And a winter project finally done...hooray!
Seems that ruffles are very "in" right now....

so I am happy to have finished my hydrangea blue ....

cashmere scarf in time for the chilly spring days at the flea market.


It was very hard to knit!
I am a "busy hands"-type knitter. I like to have something to occupy myself when I watch TV or have visitors  or  dull waits at the doctor or dentist.

And I am slow. The hard part was the increased 600 stitches at the end of the project, the stitches that create the ruffles. I ended up using three loooong circular needles to handle all the stitches. Still made my hands ache though. The resulting ruffles are, I think, very cute though, aren't they.

The result is nice but the scarf is also difficult to wear, lol. What does one DO with all these ruffles, anyway? I had picked up the turquoise cashmere-worsted blend, below in the bowl, to make another version as a future gift. But I think I will simply make a lovely long muffler with the ruffles at each end. Now that I learned how to make ruffles...which is a fun thing. (And short row knitting, a  popular technique right now.)

Oh are you wondering about the big blue sky at the beginning of this post? When I went out to the grocery store today, as I was getting in my car, I looked up and saw this very unusual flock of very large migrating birds.They were soaring and wheeling, high in the spring sky, fighting the strong winds from the northwest.  Eagles? Buzzards? (Unlikely.) Perhaps they are hawks....



                 gone to the beach :-)

PS The scarf was a download from Ravelry called Just Enough Ruffles, the link is on the original post from last summer. The yarn was ....? maybe not cashmere, alpaca? whatever...ask me if you want the info.


  1. Your scarf is just gorgeous...I love the shade of blue you used and the ruffle is too cute!


  2. The scarf is pretty! You could just drape it around your neck wearing a plains sweatshirt, make the outfit look much dressier - and keep your neck warm... It looks like it would be easier to make in crochet, though!
    The big birds might be blue herons - have you ever seen one flying?? From far away they look like a hawk or something - until they get close and you see they've somehow folded their neck up into a tight 'S' shape! Doesn't look comfortable at all!
    Thanks for the pretty pictures!

  3. The birds could be herons or egrets, I do see them...but never in such a large group, usually 3 or 5? or small amts...and never over the open ocean. The pix couldn t capture it, not my binoculars camera, but the wings had that ragged feathers look of a hawk or predator bird, which actually herons do too. I ll keep looking for more!




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