Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Alligator Scarf Update

Pattern: Morehouse Merino Alligator Scarf
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish Worsted - Lemongrass Heather
Needles: Size 6

Well, three times is the charm! I had difficulty finding the correct colorway for this project so I kept starting over.

It took me less than 3 evenings to knit it. What a fun knit it was!!! I can't wait to see my grandson, Jakob, wear it. I'll have pictures for you in about a month.

I have finished the scarf and I must tell you the tail is so cute! A picture will be posted soon.

Someone asked me how I can get so much knitting done. Besides the fact that I've been knitting for more years than I care to number, and a lady never tells her age, weight or true hair color, I believe it is important to have the right tools, i.e. needles, to work with. I love my Denise Needles and highly recommend them. Read the pattern thoroughly before starting.

I attended my spinning group last Thursday and such a fun evening. We had a guest crafter/teacher doing 3-dimensional needle felting. The woman is a national award winner. Check out her link

Below is my feeble attempt at needle felting an Easter egg. Pretty pathetic but I am saving it to compare my improvement in future projects. It's like spinning! At first I spun "novelty yarn", and please don't be impressed as it was more like bungy cord, and slowly improved to the point where I am now happy with my own spun yarn.

Alison Hyde, author of the below-captioned knitting book, will be at my LYS, Kaleidescope Yarns this coming Friday. Alison and I have been blogging friends for awhile now and I look forward to meeting her and having my book signed.
Happy Knitting!


  1. I can't believe you knit that in 3 nights! In the last three nights I couldn't have knit one of it's nostrils.

    I think your needle felted egg is rather good for a first attempt! It will be fun to save it as a reference, though.

    Have fun on Friday!

  2. Joansie - I have the exact same aligator kit from Morehouse in my studio. Love yours, was it a difficult pattern?

  3. Great scarf! Turned out just perfect!

    Do you have issues with the sts not sliding on the Denise's? I have two sets and tend to use my Boyes instead because of the slide-or lack thereof-factor.

    Needle felting is fun and forgiving. You can always needle it more or add some wool if you needled it too much! I repaired my fulled clogs the other day with my felting needle and crappy wool.

    Novelty yarn? Thick-n-thin? Annoying when you start out and so hard to relearn when you want to make it.

    Have fun with Alyson and say, "Hey!" for me!

  4. Can't wait to see pictures with your Grandson wearing his new scarf. That turned out really great. Such a great color too.
    I think your Easter Egg turned out cute. :)

  5. I Love your alligator scarf. I made one for my grandson too! Have pics on my blog. I made it in about 4 days while my father in law was in the hospital. A lot of waiting time there.

  6. Love the alligator scarf! So cute; I'm sure it will look even better on Jakob. I also like your egg, no please don't insult it! LOL Have a great time seeing Alison today! I sure wish I could be there with both of you.

  7. I love the alligator scarf! I've never tried needle felting yet, but it looks like fun.

  8. I think the scarf is wonderful!!! I will look forward to the picture of the tail.

    I love your felted Easter egg, it is so beautiful, I think you did a great job on it. (Note to myself, must not start any new hobbies!!!)

    Glad your spinning is going well, it's a wonderful, restful and peaceful way to spend our time. :)

    (another note to self, gotta get that shawl book)

  9. That scarf is just too cute. I bet your grandson will love it (who wouldn't love a cuddly alligator?).

  10. Holy COW is that unbelievable or what?!?!

  11. The scarf is adorable! I need to knit one of those one of these days. It will take me far longer to knit than your's did for you, though-that, I know! ;-)

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  14. i love the aligator scarf pattern.may i ask you send me a copy of pattern to my email
    in my country(IRAN) we can't buy anything from other country.
    with so much thanks

  15. I have the same problem as Zohreh.
    If you are able to send me a copy i would of course pay for it!

  16. Please note: I have had many requests to photocopy this pattern and send it to people. I DO NOT VIOLATE COPYRIGHT LAWS. If you are leaving comments to check to see if I do....I DON'T.