Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy 2009!

Happy 2009 to you! Wow, I can't believe the year is 2009. I feels like we just rang in the year 2000. Time sure marches on. I hope everyone reading had a wonderful Christmas holiday. Our family had an awesome time together enjoying each others company. As much as I delighted in all of the festivities it's good to get back to daily stuff like knitting, quilting and fun sewing. I worked on only one project during Christmas. I decided at the very last minute to knit a scarf for my DS's girlfriend Bree. I know I shouldn't have started a Christmas knitting project 4 days before the great day. You could call me a glutton for punishment. Even my DH looked at me and said,"You can't get that scarf done on time." How right he was. I finished January 1, 2009 at 11:50p.m. Ha! So, here are the details of my very first FO (finished object) of the new year......

Scrunchable scarf is the pattern. It's very simple to knit and the stitch definition is great. I modified the original pattern. Here are the details:
Cast on 26 stitches.
Slip the first stitch as to purl with yarn in front.
K2, P1 until the last stitch K1.

I chose a gorgeous merino wool from Malabrigo. The colorway is velvet grapes. The variegation is stunning.
Needle size: 10 1/2
I love how the color makes a zig zag pattern. I may add some fringe to the edge.

Slipping the first stitch and knitting the last makes a fine edge. It was a nice project to knit. It's been almost a year since I knitted my last scarf. Now I remember why. It seems to take forever to finish.

One of the best gifts I received this Christmas was an Ott light. Boy, what a difference a little more light can be. Here is a shot of my favorite chair with normal lighting. You can see the Ott light but I have it turned off.

Same shot with the Ott light on. What a difference.

Here is a hat I'm working on for my son. Just the floor lamp is turned on.

My project illuminated by the great Ott light! The Ott light makes all of my close up work including reading more vibrant. It's a great tool. Not real pretty but who cares when you can see good! I have lots of fun felting projects to share with you this week. Please drop by again. Happy 2009!


Debbie said...

Ott Light! I'm going to have to look that looks like just what I need (and my MIL as well actually).

the scarf is beautiful...I started one as a gift right before Christmas as well...haha...but I gave up and now mine is sitting on a chair downstairs (not my knitting chair either).
The Malabrigo is gorgeous...I've been wanting to find some and give it a try.
Happy New Year!

susan said...

i have had an ott floor light for years. what a diff for those colors. i had so much natural light in hawaii, one thing i miss, it gets dark here so early. i am gonna miss tori when she goes. she went snow macine riding with friends today. she had a blast! photos will be posted soon.

Jennifer said...

That scarf is beautiful. Neat pattern and the malbragio is yummy! I too am knitting my first scarf in a year. I'm not a big scarf knitter because they feel like they take forever.

awesome light!

Liz said...

Wow - what a difference. I've seen the display at the store but always wondered how it would work with the light at home... I'm sold. I'm going to have to put one of those on my wish list.

Happy 2009 to you too!

Quiltersal said...

Happy New Year, Barb! I love my Ott lights...yes, I have 2 of them (one floor model and one table model). The scarf is lovely. I'm sure DS friend will cherish it!

Wool Winder said...

I'd be lost without my Ott-Lite. Love the scarf!

Tea said...

Happy 2009 to you, Barbara!!

The scarf is beautiful,and the colorway is quite complimentary to the pattern! You did a great job on it.

I do love that light! What a great gift. I'll have to keep that in mind for my next purchase. The difference with it and regular lighting is remarkable. Thanks for sharing that with us. :)

elizabeth said...

Beautiful scarf - thanks for sharing the pattern. Malabrigo is absolutely my favorite yarn to knit with. :)

The differences your in your Ott light pictures is truly amazing. I have one on my scrapbooking table but I've never thought to get a floor model to knit and stitch under. And this is why we love blogs - we learn so much from each other!

Jenny Girl said...

Happy new 2009 to you also! What a nice confy knitting chair. But that light....oh my goodness I can't believe the difference.
Beautiful first FO for 2009 too!

Debra said...

I have a table lamp like that. They help with light deprivation in winter. I LOVE that scarf, and I am going to use your pattern. The color is perfect. Can't wait for the felting things...

stitching under oaks said...

that is amazing what that light can do! the scarf is beautiful...i can't seem to find any Malabrigo around my area...i might have to order some...lovely shade.

WhiteStone said...

We bought a similar light and love it. Great for knitting. Great for reading. Ours was not an Ott but since it shows color so well, it must be similar.