Sunday, November 30, 2008

Diagonal Lace Scarf and More

Pattern: Diagonal Lace Scarf (<--click for free pattern), also on Ravelry
Yarn: Berocco Ultra Alpaca - 1 skein
Needles: Size 7 circular
A closer look................
If you click on the link above, you'll see a more accurate picture on someone else's blog and discover how truly beautiful this pattern is. It was a fun, easy knit which took 3-4 nights. I knitted mine slightly wider as I love the feel of a full scarf.

Knitted to match the infamous lost, but now found, mitten. Picture is a little dark to show the start of the second mitten. I'm getting there folks but these mittens are on size 1 needles and uses the modular method so it really takes a lot of time.
Jakob, my grandson who will be 2 years old this week, loves tractors. I should say LOVES because his mom has to take the tractor keys along whenever they go out. Not much done yet on this little sweater but there is no real hurry as I am knitting a size to fit him next winter.
I traveled to Maine yesterday to visit Halcyon Yarns in Bath, Maine. I was a little nervous when I realized they were closing earlier than I had anticipated. It's a great yarn shop. However, considering the distance, I would travel to Webs instead in the future. It's hard to beat Web's for selection and customer service. While at Halcyon I only purchased a couple skeins of yarn. I was looking for Noro Silk Garden in colorway 229. They didn't have that colorway and I decided it was just as well as it is a pricey scarf to knit and falls in the $40-$45 range for yarn. It is a favorite with the Yarn Harlot and Brooklyn Tweed.

I was in Portsmouth, NH after dark when I stopped and asked for directions at a gas station. I had my car window rolled down and speaking to the attendant, I suddenly realized that there was something wrong with this individual who was now giving me the creeps. I realized I was blocked by an empty car in the front at the pump (owned by the station) and couldn't see well enough to quickly back out. I refused when he told me "Get out of the car, NOW!!" I finally managed to maneuver my car out of the station. It was a busy highway but would anyone have noticed if there was something wrong?

Brian, I was on the highway near the rotary headed (in the wrong direction, of course) to where Yoken's Restaurant was located but is no longer there.

Note to self: Make sure car doors are always locked, cell phone handy, and handbag on the floor instead of on the seat next to me. I should have been more selective as to where I stopped. The busy highway felt safe but in retrospect, I'm not so sure. Any other safety tips are welcome!!!! (besides making sure I know where the heck I am
I just thought of a great solution. Get my car one of those GPS systems!!! This way I won't have to stop and ask for directions.

Happy Knitting!!


  1. Your scarf is beautiful. :) Can't wiat to see the finished mittens and sweater for your grandson.

    I am sooo glad that you got out of there and are ok. How scary.

  2. Joansie!!! You take CARE out there, there are people who care about you and want to keep seeing you posting!!! Creepy people are to be avoided, but also are not always obvious. I hope your car locks from the drivers door. I was reading your blog holding my breath.

  3. I am so glad you listened to your gut feeling! And that you got out of there okay. Yowsers. Phew.

  4. OMG! How horrifying! Becareful never to block your car in, and yes a GPS would help, but you do need to get gas from time to time on a road trip. How about some pepper spray?

    I will say that when I first moved to NH I found a great many of the people creepy. I then realized that some of them are just more familiar with livestock than people. This should NOT be the case for residents of Portsmouth.

    Glad you made it home safely!!!!

    That sweater for Jacob is going to be outstanding!

  5. I'm/We are so glad that you are safe & sound! Yikes!

    Lovely scarf. It's on my to-do-list. :-)

    What a cute sweater for your grandson! I haven't tried knitting sweaters w/a design on it.

  6. That sounds horrifying! I think I'd have called the police, once I got away! Yes, please do be careful!!!

    The scarf is so lovely. :-)

  7. Wow, glad you're okay and nothing terrible happened. Yes, I think a GPS is the way to go. I would also keep some pepper spray in a compartment on your door or around the steering wheel.

    I love your scarf- what a great one skein project. I think I might just have to make one (or two) as well :)

  8. The scarf is gorgeous. I feel hemmed in by holiday knitting...

    How scary!!!! I used to deliver the Wall Street Journal at night and had a parking lot attendant freak me out like that. I think he was just being a bad ass, but.... I quit the job the next day.

  9. My goodness, so glad you are safe! A reminder on these cold dark nights of how easy it is to feel too safe in whilst traveling. The mittens and scarf are splendid by the way....

  10. Yikes! Sounds absolutely terrifying! I am so glad you kept your cool and it sounds like you handled things just fine. But I like your list for the future.

    The scarf is gorgeous, and I like that it only uses one skein. Sounds like a perfect holiday gift. Those mittens are going to be stunning. And Jakob's sweater will be just precious. :)

  11. The scarf is now on my must do list. :) I have some Alpaca that is calling out to be knit up and with the weather being so cold, I might even make it for myself :).

    I can't even imagine pulling into a gas station and having the owner demand I get out and being almost blocked in. I am so glad you kept your head and wits about you and hauled out of there. I hope you reported it to the police so they can keep an eye on his place in the future.

    Those mittens are so pretty. It will be well worth the extra time when you get them finished, and I do expect pictures girl!!!