Let the past sleep, but let it sleep in the sweet embrace of Christ, and let us go on into the invincible future with Him. (Oswalt Chambers)

Saturday, April 30, 2005

Backyard Leaves, Done, Blocked, and Packed

Post 5 of 5 for the Backyard Leaves Scarf Contest.
Leave a comment on this post within seven days of post date and you will be entered into a drawing for the completed scarf.

Complete list of rules and procedures is here. (No reason to read them unless you are interested.)

The pattern is Backyard Leaves from Scarf Style, designed by Annie Modesitt.

The yarn is Andean Silk from Knitpicks, color Lettuce.

Previous Backyard Leaves posts:

Backyard Leaves scarf around my neck, outdoors under the blooming apple treeIt's done, it's washed, and it's as blocked as it can be and still have moderately puffy leaves.

Photographer Bob was concerned that the length of the scarf isn't obvious in this picture and someone might not realize they are getting a six foot scarf.

Actually the finished scarf is right on gauge. It's approximately 78 inches long and about 5 inches wide, just like the pattern says.

(Note to anyone planning to knit this with Knitpicks Andean Silk, I used 4 skeins and had a total of 2 yards left when done.)

We won't dwell on the joining seam in the middle of the back. It rates a C - not awful enough to ruin the scarf, not pretty enough to show with pride.

I think there's a good reason the pattern doesn't tell you how to do the seam. There isn't a good way to do it. I ended up picking up edge stitches on two needles and doing a three needle bind off. Then I forced myself to leave it alone, because it wasn't going to get any better.

Backyard Leave scarf sitting in the box ready to be mailed to the contest winnerNow the scarf is ready to send to the drawing winner.

This is your last chance to leave a comment and get in the drawing. It's perfectly fine to comment again if you've commented on a different scarf post. The thought was that faithful readers could have five chances, one for each scarf post.

Don't be shy.

As mentioned last week, the drawing will be held as soon as I recover from the flights back from Idaho. Estimated date to declare winner is May 11.

For those who need a comment prompt, here's a question: If you were to make this scarf, would you make it 78 inches long as the pattern calls for?

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