Saturday, September 09, 2006

multidirectional scarf

I started a scarf for my partner, and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The photo's a little dark -- I could use a little camera & photoshopping practice. It's not just the photo quality, though. The yarn doesn't showcase the pattern all that well.

Yarn: Adrienne Vittadini, Nadia, 50% alpaca / 50% wool
Needles: Size 9 Clover bamboo straights
Pattern: Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf by Karen Baumer(free pattern)

I swatched for this scarf in Noro Silk Garden, too. It looks lovely, but it feels awfully scratchy. Any opinions? Does Silk Garden soften up after washing enough to be wearable? If it does, I'll go with that, and come up with another use for the Nadia yarn.

Off to the races!

Ok, I contacted both my pals and bought the yarn. I think I have chosen a pattern and as soon as I get home & back to the needles, the real fun begins.

well, I suck.

My knittee just replied to my question, and from the included copied original email I could see in the header that although my anonymous email address does not contain my name, my gmail settings are such that my full name appears along with the email address in the "from" field.

So, secret budddy, if you also noticed this, sorry! And when I post, please turn away!



The color is a bit washed out in this photo, the yarn is shades of blue with a little bit of yellow. The alpaca is so soft, I love having it in my fingers. I couldn't find exactly the pattern I wanted, so I'm going to attempt to sort of merge/adapt a couple of patterns to fit the picture I have in my head. I anticipate there will be much cursing and ripping out of rows - and I'm totally looking forward to it!

picking a pattern

At this time I have the patterns narrowed down to two-

A cable scarf pattern from Crystal Palace Yarns-

Or the Besotted Scarf from Hello Yarn-

I'm trying both out with some stash yarn I have laying around while I wait for my yarn to come.

Yay, I can get started now

I got my pal, yarn and a pattern. Now I just need to start.

My pal is in England. How long does it take to send a package there?

Decisions, decisions, pt2

I have almost decided on my yarn and pattern for the ISE 3. I will be using either Artesano Alpaca Inca Cloud-Damson or Artesano Alpaca Opulencia Amethyst. The first is a solid yarn and the second is a handpainted yarn both are very soft and snuggly. I will be using either the Ripple scarf pattern or the Bertie scarf pattern. When the yarn arrives I will swatch and see what works best. Both pattern were designed with this yarn in mind. I am not sure what either will look like in the variagated which is why I have ordered the solid as well. I will post swatches when they yarn arrives.


Yarn chosen! Two hours of wandering around my LYS yielded these yummy colors from the sale loft. The owner was nice enough to give me a deeper discount (another 5%) in an attempt to get somewhat near my budget! Let's just say the total wasn't twenty dollars...

The colors are actually darker and richer but this was the best picture I was able to get with my camera. So what is it? The top one is 8% cashmere, 22% silk, and 70% superfine merino. The darker one on the bottom 80% New Wool and 20% Cashmere. Soft doesn't begin to describe the feel of these wonders. If your my secret pal you won't have to worry about scratchiness. :-D

Now if the person who has me as their target would just get in contact! I guess I'm a worrier...

contact made and almost ready to start

I've been in touch with both my pals (waving, even though one of you doesn't know who I am ;-), and I'm almost ready to start. I've picked out the pattern that I want to make, but I'm still trying to find the right yarn. Nothing in the stash will do, which would be bad news, if I didn't like yarn shopping so much! I'm planning to do a modular scarf from Knitted Shawls, Stoles, and Scarves by Nancie Wiseman, so I'm going to need a couple different colors. I'm off to cybershop--wish me luck!

Too many choices!

So I've been going back and forth between too many yarns to knit with for my ISE pal. I was sure I was going to use Atacama Baby Alpaca, which I still might. Maybe do the Branching Out pattern from Knitty. Then I found a really cool yarn with colors I think my pal would really like, but I didn't really like knitting with it. I have a number of skeins that I have dyed myself, and I thought cool idea, not just my own knitting, but my own dyed yarn (i didn't spin it or anything). But I don't know which one to choose, or if I am really set on this idea. Grrr..... I think I need a yarn to just scream out at me....which means, BACK to the yarn store! I'm going to check out a store that I've never been to today, so maybe I'll be inspired!!
Above is a pic of the two hand dyed skeins I chose for possible yarns.....

Here & There

It was serendipity I tell ya. I found the yarn I wanted to use for my pal's scarf, and then the pattern just fell into my lap. Then Badda-Bing! A scarf was born. I had two repeats finished last night when I relaized the scarf I was knitting didn't look anything like the picture next to the pattern in the book. So the scarf has been frogged. I know what I did wrong though so this next round should go better.

I'm knitting the Here & There Cable scarf from the book: "Scarf Style" and the yarn I'm using is: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk and hopefully soon I'll have scarf pictures to share.

I want to keep it!

Both my contacts have been made and I was thrilled to get to the yarn shop yesterday!

I hadn't even started knitting for my recipient-pal when I realized I already wanted to keep the scarf I'm going to be making for her. Why? The yarn is almost too delicious to give away. It's 100% baby alpaca and so soft. I hope she loves it, too.

As for pattern, I've been sampling stitch patterns from Barbara J. Walker's second treasury, but I haven't found that perfect one for this yarn yet. I'd better thumb through the book one more time before I give it another shot.

Yarn and Pattern Chosen

I have been in contact with my recipient and after getting some ideas from her, I am going to make Knitty's Branching Out scarf in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK. This will be my first lace project, so wish me luck!

I haven't yet heard from my pal, so please hurry and email me - I can't wait to hear from you!

Contacts Complete!

Now I just have to find a luscious fall yarn. I'm thinking of designing a pattern from the Nicky Epstein On the Edge/Over the Edge books, there is so much loveliness in those books!

Well, off to the LYS!

Updates, Updates

Well.... I have contacted my Pal and I think I know what yarn to use for her scarf although I still haven't narrowed down my pattern..... I think I will use either a lace or a cable pattern.

I haven't heard from my pal yet, but I have been having terrible troubles with my email (which I think are now fixed) so if you have emailed me already, can you send again?


Deborah Downunder

Oy vey...

I'm in a bit of a spin... Patterns and colors and fibers and colors and patterns... But such fun! Have contacted/been contacted. I sorta know what colors I want to use and I THINK I've chosen the yarn, but must meditate a bit on the pattern. New mantra: Puurrrllllll...

Oh, and must finish that pair of sox I was drooling all over in anticipation of this... Beautiful Opal Rainforest Chameleon. I think the drool must have shrunk one, as I'm just now noticing that the one I'm knitting is a bit (maybe a lot?) smaller than the first. I'd frog it, except the tighter stitch looks better. Don't want to pull the first one. Sheesh. Luckily, I'll be the one wearing them. Maybe I can pretend not to notice.

Note to self: Quit rambling on here and start a blog already.

All set to start!

Hi all. I've had great e-conversations with both my knitter and my knittee. So excited to make two new friends!

Found some great yarn today, picked a cool pattern, and will get started this weekend!

Many thanks to the hard-working hostesses who have made this great fun possible for all of us.

picked the yarn

I finally decided on what yarn to use. My pal likes fall colors and I wanted to try a fiber I haven't used before so I decide on this Misti Alpaca yarn-

Still deciding on a pattern though!

SO, i thought wrong

International Scarf Exchange
i thought choosing a pattern and yarn would be easier after reading my secret pals answers .... SO wrong! ;)

First Timer

Soooo exciting. This is the first time I've ever posted anything anywhere and this is the first time I've taken part in an exchange.

I've been contacted by my secret pal and contacted my secret pal. I don't know how they match us up but thanks to the organizers (particularly my organizer Iris), you've done a fantastic job.

Now it's time to narrow down the thousands of patterns and wool choices and get started. Can't wait.

Is anyone there??

Sniff, sniff does anyone have me as a pal?? I am going away Saturday morning till Friday and was hoping I would know before then.
Anyways I have 2 yarns and 2 patterns chosen for my pal and will spend time working on them when I am away, that should keep me busy. I will post my progress when I return.

The swatching has begun - sort of.

80% Baby Alpaca and 20% Silk - the swatching has begun despite the fact that a pattern hasn't been decided on.

I investigated the sidebar links to more scarf patterns and now I've changed my mind! The scarf recipient has been contacted and my scarf provider has contacted me. It all slips into motion like a well oiled machine.

I'm back from the yarn store!

My secret pal is very flexible, but she did say that she wants a scarf that is machine washable--I have chosen a pattern that I think she will like, but I was in a blue funk about the yarn--I gravitate to the wools that are more handwashabe or require more care--but I decided to try something new!--I bought some yarn in her favorite solid color machine washable wool, but then to put some interest in it I got some beautiful machine washable varigated ribbon that I will knit in randon rows and do the fringe in---I can hardly wait to try this out in the pattern!!! This is why this is so much fun--it makes you want to stretch your imagination!!!

This is SOOOO Much FUN!!!

WOW....I have received my SP and have e-mailed her....went shopping today and found some wonderful yarn and a beautiful pattern. Can hardly wait to start knitting tonight.

My SP also e-mailed me this morning.

Is it November yet?????

Friday, September 08, 2006


I'm so excited to be given my SP. I contacted her and am now waiting for mine to contact me. Fun Fun Fun

Newbie blogger's a yarn question

I wanted to email someone who left a comment about one of my posts here and I'm not sure how to email them. Is it possible to do that, or should I just leave a comment on their blog, or post one here with their name as the title?



Step 1 Done

Now have the name of my secret pal and have heard from mine. Have also emailed both so that has been done. Now to read the blog for the identity I know and update my blog. I am really looking forward to this especially since I re-read the rules and realized that my parcel doesn't have to be mailed until into October. I had thought I had about 4 weeks but now realize it is closer to 7.
Good luck to all.

Sunny Florida's arrived on the site

I have heard from my pal and I have contacted my pal. I am looking for a pattern. Once selected I will proceed to purchase yarn. Sunny Florida

Craftybernie's making progress (ish)

Well, I've been contacted by my pal and I've made contact with MY pal.The yarn has been ordered and the pattern has been chosen. Now I just have to wait for the yarn to arrive, which should be sometime next week (fingers crossed).

I think that I have been matched really well with MY pal.
I've chosen Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora and I shall (probably) be knitting a 'wave scarf'. I have to admit that it has been a hellish two days looking at patterns and researching yarns. There are so many it's overwhelming. Glad to see I'm not the only one who's finding it hard to choose.

Now, on with some FO's while I wait for the good stuff to arrive.

Have fun everybody! Bernie

Yarn ordered

knitpicks blue jeans gossemer

I have choosen to knit the Melody Shawl from Morehouse Merino Farms. The colors that were offered for their lace-weight merino did not match the request of my pal so I decided to go with a substitution. I really hope that it works out. It is the same weight and this merino is really soft. Has anyone else used Gossamer by Knit Picks?


Pal Contacted? Check. Heard from my pal? Check. Pattern chosen? Check. (I think) Yarn ordered? Check.

Looks like I'm on my way...

Friendly reminder

Hi everyone,
Just a friendly reminder that you need to contact your pal (the person you're sending to) in order to reassure them that you received your match. If you have NOT heard from your pal by next Tuesday, please email your hostess.

thanks and I hope everyone is having fun!

Such Difficult Decisions

I found some absolutely gorgeous yarn that I know my recipient will adore but I'm having a hard time finding the right pattern. I have about 6 inches done of a nice cabled pattern but I'm just not sure I really like how it's turning out. Hmmm...should I change yarn or patterns. I think maybe it's time to do some more yarn shopping. At least this gives me an excuse to add to the stash. :0)

I've contacted my recipient and she has emailed back but I have not yet heard from my secret pal.


Rats-a-Frats! As my niece would say.

Well, my scarf pal figured me out in no time. I must be terrible at keeping myself a secret. Now, I must keep the scarf a secret. So pal, you'll still have a surprise, it just won't be me.

P.S. If you still don't know who your pal is, it isn't me.

Anyone Out There?

I contacted my secret pal a few days ago but haven't yet received a reply to my question. So I've decided to forge ahead with my original plan. Hope she likes it.
I've still not received a message from the pal who is knitting for me. Could it be you?


I have contacted the secret pal assigned to me, but not heard anything back yet. Should I presume no news is good news? I also received my own pal's e-mail, and have replied back.

Anyway, here is the heart-breaking news. After 50 some rows that I have completed, to my utter horror, I found that the mistake I had made half way down and thought fixed was not fixed at all !!!!! It was lumpy!

Rip, rip, rip, rip...... I had to start all over again. Ugh~~

Contacted my pal

Had I known how much fun being a secret pal would be I would have played before. My only problem is that there are too many patterns and too many yarn choices. Oh well, at least I've got the patterns narrowed down to about 20 and the yarn decission is between 90 different yarns.

Decisions, Decisions here as well!

What to make, what to use. So many options of scarves I have wanted to make! I have two major contenders, but no photos. Yarn selection down to Noro or Rowan, depends on the scarf chosen. I have not been this excited ( and nervous!) about a project in ages!
I have contacted my scarf recipient and am now driving my poor boyfriend made by making him look at hundreds of scarf patterns. I am so excited!
Looking forward to hearing from my pal,
happy knitting x

Once Started Nearly finished

Well not quite finished but very much started. with great excitement I went to my fav yarn shop and purchased some delicious merio angora red wool from New Zealand. Pattern picked - backyard leaves from scarf style- check, needles - check, enlarge chart - check, cast on and knit- check, check,check and yes four times lucky (and a bit of foul language) check - yippe and I have made it through the first pattern round - well nearly. Tomorrow I am off for a day of knitting so hopfully get a heap done. Very excited indeed.

Deliciously indecisive

Well, I've mailed my recipient and heard back from them. Not been contacted by my secret pal yet but I'm sure they're on the case.

Having spent the bulk of yesterday looking at patterns and yarns I've ordered the yarns for two possibilities: an ethereal number in Rowan Kidsilk Haze or something slightly more substantial in Noro Silk Garden. Once it's arrived I'll start both options and decide which one I prefer.

Can't believe how exciting I'm finding this - huge thanks to Iris and the other hostesses for setting it all up.

Decisions, Decisions

This is my first exchange and I'm oh so concerned about picking just the right pattern, just the right yarn. Funny how much thought I've put into this.

I'd appreciate any help ya'll can give me. There's a whole rambling post over on my blog. Help!

Almost ready to knit

After touching base with my recipient I've decided on a beautiful lace leaf pattern from Vogue Knitting magazine and have chosen the yarn. I plan to play around with swatches this weekend to test out some twists and modifications to the pattern. Hopefully it will all work out and I can get right down to knitting the scarf.

A bit of luxury

I love giving things that are a little luxurious.

I have one extra skein of cashmere yarn in my stash. Now, it's not the best, most luxurious cashmere ever, but it's still cashmere! And it's a lovely dusky blue color. I'm going to go with a really simple lace pattern. I'm putting two rows of ladder stitch on either side of a column of yarn over flowers. I haven't tried it in the yarn yet though to see if it works. As soon as I have a little done, I'll be sure to put a picture up.


Be very very quiet?!?!?!

are we hunting rabbits with Elmer? My group has been quiet... I'm in disbelief that no one has any questions or anything... and no one has emailed me.

Everyone should check now to make sure that their questionnaire has been posted. If not, please send an email to us, so that we can figure out who's group you belong to, and how to fix the problem.

personally, i'm excited to have received my match, and can't wait to go yarn shopping (in my stash or at the LYS)!!

Scarf Begun

I've contacted and been contacted, and am happy all around! I just know my pal is going to make me something wonderful, and I love what I'm working on for the person I have. I opted for something really simple, it just seems right--but the yarns I'm using are Zephyr wool/silk and Noro's Cash Iroha. I have the scarf started and it feels so good. I'm afraid I won't want to stop knitting when it's long enough!


I got my match and emailed them. My pattern has been picked out and I'm getting the yarn Saturday when I go to my knitting group. Going to start it then. I can't wait.

I am SO excited. I have contacted and been contacted so I know all is right with the world at the moment. I almost goofed today. I almost sent my recipient an email........from the wrong email account! LOL I will have to be very careful not to do that. Anyway, I have ordered my yarn (ooohh, the silkroad tweed). I am hoping that this yarn is as lovely and soft as I remember it being (otherwise it will be destined for a different project and I will look anew). I have decided on a pattern and I can't wait to get started. I just wanted to say thank you to all our hostesses (and particularly Iris) who have done an awesome job.

Thanks Iris!

Iris gave me the perfect pal. I was totally inspired by his questionnaire and blog. I began knitting today.

Picked out my yarn, sorta...

Here are some shots of the yarn. It's a great wool/soysilk combo.

So I found some yarn I liked on and thought the colors would work well. So, I called my lys and they had 3 skeins, enough for a scarf. Well, now that I have it home and see it in different light, I'm not certain my pal would like it. So, if it doens't come out well, I've got 2 other yarns I can use as backups. So, my pal may get more than one scarf, lucky them! I'm going to try to use a lighter weight yarn than I normally use and a pattern I've not tried before. Wish me luck!

Yarn and pattern chosen

Well, I was going to make one pattern, but I changed my mind so now I'm making my backup pattern.

And the yarn? Lisa Souza's Silk/Baby Alpaca blend in Mulberry and Elsebeth Lavold's Silky Wool.

My fingers are itching to wind and start!


the perfect excuse to use the single skein of Handmaiden Seasilk that has been languishing in my stash for almost a full year. How lucky that my recipient lives in a warm climate and favours blue, green and purple.

oops... I'm a little slow..

I have recieved my assigned pal, and will be making contact to get a little further clarification very soon...

I also have heard from my pal... I need to say sorry but I haven't replied yet, but I did get your email.

I am looking forward to the s'n'b this weekend at my LYS because I have an excuse to increase my stash so I can find the 'perfect' yarn for my buddy...


Let the Games Begin

I have rec'd my pal's info and have e-mailed her today. Cannot wait to get started, I have so many ideas. I believe I have the yarn I was hoping for and now to find the correct pattern. I should have my ideas complete by this weekend...I hope...

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Woe is me, I had to Frog, and frog, and frog...

I started knitting my pal's scarf. It wasn't wide enough. I added more repeats and it was too wide. I changed needle sizes and the number of repeats. Too wide, too loose. Switched back to original needles and made fewer repeats. Got it right and was happy. Three inches later I noticed mistakes in the row a half inch from the cast on. Tried again and now I've got 4 inches done. Maybe I shouldn't have started the scarf after 11pm.

Cant wait to start

I am just waiting for my partner to answer me my questions for her and then I will make final decisions on yarn and I cant decide on a pattern until I know what yarn...So I am in Limbo and dreaming up what wonderful color I will use.

Let the knitting begin!

Hi everyone

The matches have all been sent out, bar a few, I believe, but those will be straightened out soon. If you don't receive an email with your pal's name by the weekend, please contact your hostess.

I'd like to remind everyone how important it is to contact your pal so taht he or she is not left wondering whether someone is knitting his or her scarf. It's a chance to get to know your pal better.

Also, please don't forget to write about your progress here on the blog. We like to read that you're shopping or knitting.. or even frogging!

Let the knitting begin!

Yarn Store High

I got my pal's info last night and went to the yarn store first thing this morning. I've been making myself wait to shop until I got my pal's info, but couldn't last any longer. Ahhh...yarn...ambrosia! Final decisions are yet to be made, but I did find some heavenly stuff to bring back with me. I've been in contact with both my knittee and my knitter. Thanks to the hostesses for all their work setting this up!


Mamere, Please contact me off list. I want to get your assignment straightened out. I need your "real name". :-) I don't show a handle of "mamere" on my list. And at times I am so easily confused.
I have decided to use the Interweave Knits Arrowhead Stole Pattern for my scarf - it's lacey, but wide & long so I'm hoping my pal can just bunch it up when it gets colder where she is. My pal likes brown, blue & green so I decided to use Memories sock yarn in the Cape Cod colorway. I'm only going to be spending $16 on yarn max (I may have over-ordered but I want to make a big stole/scarf so she can wrap it) so I'll be searching for other special things to round out the package.


Have made contact with both my knitter and knittee, and am going to sneak out of work for a few minutes this afternoon to pick out some yarn at my local store. What fun!

Already Started

Like I said earlier this week, I have already made contact and I have already started on my scarf. At least I think this will be the scarf. It may prove too warm for my person. It is a really super chunky wool. But I do love this wool and the design. I do have another yarn that I can use to make a really wonderful lightweight scarf just in case. I even have a design in mind.

The person who has me has also contacted me. I will get back to you tomorrow in case you are reading this. I have a work project that I need to finish off first. So look for an email tomorrow.


Getting Started

I've been in contact with my scarf pal and it is amazing how similar in taste we are. After searching on line and through many books for scarf patterns, I've decided to try my own design, with help from Barbara Walker. I've selected a lovely soft alpaca and wool Artyarns yarn and off I go.

What fun!

I've been contacted by my pal and have written to mine as well. I can't wait to go yarn shopping! Now to find a pattern...

Off to the Races

I've been contacted by my secret pal, and emailed my own! I can't tell you all how excited I am about all this, and so grateful for all the hard work of the people running this exchange!

Knitting in the North we can start!

So glad to have gotten my scarf friend's name. Can't wait to get started and to buy some yummy yarn. Now, if I can only pick out a great pattern, I will be all set. Off I go to the library.

Contact established!

I've been contacted by my pal and sent an email to my assigned partner too! I can't wait to get started. Once I hear back from my partner I can finalize my yarn selection!


Got my partner

I got my email last night and found my partner's info here this morning
:) can't wait too get started :)

Wow this is Amazing!!!

As a newbie I find this unbelievable!!!--Thanks so much to the organizers--it seems like lots of work!!! I am actually shocked when all this wonderful stuff pops up from all over the world--anyway--my pal has contacted me and she has already started! I have contacted my pal and am anxious to begin my selections for her--I think I have the pattern picked out but I am not sure about the yarn yet--she is very flexible, but I want to select some mashine washable wool and it seems a lot of the very beautiful variegated yarn is hand wash--anyone have a suggestion?---I am going on a very wonderful vacation in a few days (across the pond as some of you say!) and I may look for something for both me and my pal there!!

International Scarf Exchange


Made contact with my pal... now the fun begins!

Let the Knitting begin!

I have the yarn. I have the pattern. I have the person.

Pink, 4ply, Alpaca/Silk mix - in a basic lace pattern with a few added extras. I am usually not a pink person but this shade is oddly soothing - and as for the smooth feel of the yarn - luxury, sheer luxury. Photos will follow

NJ got theirs

I am so happy now I can start knitting and what an easy person to knit for, she loves everything!!

made contact

I let my pal know I had her a few days ago. I'm still looking for a pattern or yarn that calls out to me.

For whoever has Bonnie D. (that's me)

I goofed when I filled out my questionnaire and gave an incorrect blog address. My actual blog is

Sorry about that!

I received my partner and I'm excited to get started. She's a color-loving gal like myself which will make it fun (yet difficult!) to choose.

Off to ponder.

Got my pal!

Ya'! Finally got my pal, and found the questionnaire (wow, not easy, so many of us!).
will study it today and look for the just right pattern. I have been downloading some patterns and bought Scarf style, so I should be able to find something...
This is my first exchange so I am a bit nervous, but very excited.

Furiously knitting...

Well, I have received my ISE knittee and have begun work already. I had a great time at the yarn store and am busily wroking on a number I hope my partner will love.

Ready, Set......Go!

I have my pal. The pattern is chosen. The yarn is on order and should arrive end of next week. I may make a matching pair of gloves since my pal lives somewhere colder than my sunny Spain.

What did I decide... the pattern is one by Annie Modesitt out of the Scarf Style book. The yarn: Lana Grossa Big Wool, a 100% Merino that can be washed in the machine (good for scarves and gloves). The yarn for the gloves: Lana Grossa Merino 2000 (same as big wool, just a bit finer and therefore more suited to gloves!).

My pal.... well... that would be telling now and I´m not after spoiling the surprise.

So.... the suspense for all you knitters on the other side of the pond begins.

Keep guessing is my advice... I will try to tease you with some more little hints in future posts.


Boy, that made for a long evening. My group should have all received your assignments. My group is:

Allegra W Allison T Allison V

Amber D Amy R Angie C

Ann G Babette N Barb H

Barb P Barbara C Becky K

Bee R Beth B Bev W

Bonnie D Brenda W Brittni H

Carol H Carrie M Cate F

Catherine K Catherine M Cathy V

Cecily S Charity S Cheryl P

Chris M Christine C Christine H

Christopher L Christy N Cindi U

Colette M Courtney Q Cynthia C

Dorene G Deann G Debi D

Deborah E Michelle L Morgan H

Natalie L Paula S Regina H

Sandra F Sandra P Sarah B

Sharon T Wanchen C Stephen J

Uli R Vicki C Victoria W

Vikki W

Let me know if you don't receive your assignment.

Now, where are my needles!!!

progress ;)

it is getting there! and i am having fun. 10 repeats down. ~15-20 to go. and then a graft. not so sure about that part...

Victoria W - Questionnaire

Name & blogger handle: Victoria W. Umm handle? Victoria!
3. Blog URL: Blogless
4. Country: Scotland, UK
6. Colours you like: I love blues and greens and dark reds.
7. Colours you hate: I don’t really like brown or musturd or anything too murky. I have darkhair and pale skin so colours like that make me looked washed out. Similarly really bright colours, like shocking pink are a bit too harsh.
8. Fibres you like: I love alpaca, cashmere and silk, but then who doesn’t! For a scarf I prefer snuggly soft natural fibres, like merino or other soft wool.
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: I am really not keen on man-made fibres although I do like some of the blends (like some Debbie Bliss, for example). No allergies
10. Prefered scarf length: Long!
11. Solid or variegated? Am happy with either
12. Cables or lace or texture? Again, I am easily pleased!
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I live in Glasgow. In the winter (and most of the autumn and spring) it is cold and wet and windy. I walk to work and also have a dog who loves to walk in the park for hours regardless of the weather so a purely decorative scarf might not get much wear. A scarf that was beautiful as well as functional would be a real treat though! I think I would prefer a knitted scarf. I am really excited and am sure I will love whatever is knitted for me!

Information for the people organising the swap- I have a dog so it probably wouldn’t be a good idea for me to knit for someone with a dog allergy. We are a non-smoking house, though.

Vicki C - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle - I'm not sure what to put here .. my name is Vicki C ..
3. Blog URL - I don't have a blog
4. Country - Australia
6. Colours you like - I'm a blue girl - I like blues, pinks, purples - all those sorts of shades
7. Colours you hate - I don't like browns, yellows, oranges
8. Fibres you like - I'm not fussed .. anything will be lovely
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies - as above .. I'm not fussed.
10. Prefered scarf length - as above .. I'm not fussed
11. Solid or variegated? - as above - I'm not fussed
12. Cables or lace or texture? - as above .. I'm not fussed
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) as above - I'm not fussed.

Uli R - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Uli R (blogger: uliross, display name: Uli)
3. Blog URL
4. Country
: Canada
6. Colours you like: Purple, Blues, Reds, Jewel Tones in General
7. Colours you hate
: Not so much into neutrals, greens, browns, yellows
8. Fibres you like
: Soft things............ but pretty much anything goes
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies
: Not really........... no allergies
10. Prefered scarf length
: No real preference.
11. Solid or variegated?
: Either but I do love variegated yarns - all depends on the stitch pattern etc.
12. Cables or lace or texture?
Doesn't matter at all.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I'm really, really easy going and just love the thought that someone is creating something special for me be it knitted, crocheted or woven.

Stephen J - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Stephen J - blog handle is Oxknit
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: United Kingdom
6. Colours you like: basically autumn: oranges / browns / sage greens / forest greens / ochre
7. Colours you hate: Primary colours and pastels make me look like a corpse. I generally try to avoid this.
8. Fibres you like: Anything natural
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: Man-made - esp acrylic / nylon
10. Prefered scarf length: I'm 1.88m (6' 2") and usually fold the scarf in two, putting both ends through the loop, so the longer the better, generally 1.8 - 2m (72" - 80"), unless it was a design with a hole in it for threading.
11. Solid or variegated? Either is fine
12. Cables or lace or texture? Prefer not to have lace. Prefer to have it reversible.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) Don't have anything crocheted or woven, so that would be fine. Would prefer not to have anything too girly, but I have quite a broad definition of masculine when it comes to scarves.

Wanchen C - Questionnaire

name: wan chen c (Skinheaded princess)
blogger : skinheaded princess
blog url:
country : uk
colors I like:bright color
colors I hate: none
fibres:I like all kind and am not illergy to any of them
length: long....super long.
I am not a fan of "lace" at all

Sharon T - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Sharon T; The Stripey Tiger
3. blog URL:
4.Country: Australia
6. Colours you like: Amethyst Purples, forest greens, blues, turquoises, carmine reds......suprise me
7. colours you hate: Orange, and orangey brown blends -uggh!
8. fibres you like: Silk, cotton, merino, Alpaca and blends of the above. All the new plant yarns and blends...Not super keen on noveltys or big percentages of acrylic.
9 . fibres you hate/allergies: Really dont like the idea of dog - have a bit of a dog a and cat hair allergy. Can't wear wool against my skin. But still wear wool scarves with skivvies lol.
10. prefered scarf length: Not long like Doctor Who. Not so short it cant be wrapped around. Other than that suprise me.
11. solid or variegated? No preference. Suprise me
12. cables or lace or texture? Love it all! Never look a gift horse in the mouth!
13. miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted scarf) Don't mind crocheted or woven. Would love international matches if possible. No drama if not

Sarah B - Questionnaire

Name & blogger handle Sarah D
3. Blog URL see above
4. Country Canada
6. Colours you like Blue of any shade (my winter coat is baby blue) I also love Green, reds, orange( my boots are orange).
7. Colours you hate Peach
8. Fibres you like I love anything, but alpaca, merino , silk are my favorites
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies Anything rough ( I have very sensitive skin. No allergies)
10. Prefered scarf length I like about 65-75 inches. It wraps nicely that way
11. Solid or variegated? I like both
12. Cables or lace or texture? I love all three
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I live in Northern Ontario, so it's REALLY cold in the winter. Scarves are a must!

Sandra P - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle Sandra - Stay at home knitter
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: Croatia
6. Colours you like: Orange, yellow, green, red
7. Colours you hate: Brown
8. Fibres you like: natural - alpaca specially
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies
No allergies. Don't hate any kind of yarn.
10. Prefered scarf length: 2m
11. Solid or variegated? Doesn't matter
12. Cables or lace or texture? Lace!!!!!
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I will stick to knitted scarf!

Sandra F - Questionnaire

I am in Canada
I like purples, blues and all the colors on that side of the wheel
No colors I hate but can’t wear browns near my face.
Fibres – anything soft, nice feeling and not too long of hair
Fibres I hate would be anything scratchy.
Wear a variety of lengths depending if the scarf is for inside or outside of my coat, for looks or for warmth.
Like subtle color changes rather than solid but not a great deal of contrast like most variegated.
Would love a lace or textured scarf.Since I mostly knit, it would be nice to receive a woven or crocheted scarf for something truly different.
Since I have several scarfs made that I have put away as “not for me”, I would also be willing to be a scarf angel if required.

Regina H - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Regina H Wretch
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: Taiwan
6. Colours you like: Magenta, purple, blue, green.
7. Colours you hate: Off gray, loud oranges/coral, hot pink, yellow.
8. Fibres you like: Merino, mohair, angora, cashmere, silk, cotton.
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: Acrylic!!!
10. Prefered scarf length: No shorter then 160cm/63in.
11. Solid or variegated?: I like them both.
12. Cables or lace or texture? No cables!! Love lace or texture!
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) A knitted scarf is fine

Paula S - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Paula S (Paula)
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: Canada
6. Colours you like Fall colours, including green; also blue, brown, grey
7. Colours you hate: Pink, yellow (well, I don't hate them, but I don't wear them)
8. Fibres you like Wool, cotton, microfiber, alpaca, silk, mohair
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: No allergies, but I don't like anything itchy or stiff old acrylic.
10. Preferred scarf length: 5-6 feet (1.5 - 1.8 metres)
11. Solid or variegated? Either, but I am a big fan of variegated.
12. Cables or lace or texture? Anything! It's all good.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) Not a big fan of crochet, but woven would be awesome.

Natalie L - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle : Natalie L. I don't yet have a blogger handle but my personal blog handle is NattyChick
3. Blog URL :
4. Country : Australia
6. Colours you like : I love deep colours of most descriptions. Deep burgundy reds, olive/mossy greens, browns, dark dusty blues, purples.
7. Colours you hate : Pastels. And I don't really like bright, bright colours either.
8. Fibres you like : I adore alpaca blends, merino blends and silk blends. (Champagne tastes and beer budget you may think! LOL)
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies : I can't wear mohair or any other 'bitty' fibre. You know, the types that kind of shed filaments of fibre.
10. Prefered scarf length : Um.....I really don't have a preferrence. I guess it could probably be longer than 100cm/40 inches?
11. Solid or variegated? : No preference.
12. Cables or lace or texture? : No preference
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) : I have a cat (just for info for pet allergies) but my home is smoke free. I am excited about this exchange!

Morgan H - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Morgan, fiberaddict
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: Canada
6. Colours you like: blues, greens, rusts etc.
7. Colours you hate: neon
8. Fibres you like: for the most part all ... i like them to be soft against the skin ... nothing super scratchy
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies : angora and mohair ... *sob* ... I want to LOVE these but I am allergic to them
10. Prefered scarf length: enough to wrap around my neck. But it does depend on the scarf style
11. Solid or variegated? either
12. Cables or lace or texture? either
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) yes to both. I am game for whatever my swapper would like to make for me!

Michelle L - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Michelle L
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: Australia
6. Colours you like: Pink and other pastel colours
7. Colours you hate: Brown
8. Fibres you like: Wool but not the scratchy type. Never had silk or alpaca before so would really love to try that one day
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: Scratchy type of wool/yarn
10. Preferred scarf length: I like to wrap my scraves around my neck twice and both ends are still hanging below my waist
11. Solid or variegated? I'm fine with both as long as it's in the colours I like
12. Cables or lace or texture? I do not have cables or lace knitted items with me at the moment so would love to have some
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf)
I'm not really particular or picky so I'm fine with anything :)

Deborah E - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Deborah's Daily Dilemmas
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: Tan, green, peach, blue
7. Colours you hate: none
8. Fibres you like: soft wool, silk, mohair
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies
: angora, anything touched by cats
10. Prefered scarf length: any
11. Solid or variegated? Any
12. Cables or lace or texture? Any
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) woven is fine too

Debi D - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Debi D Blogger Handle: Debi D
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: Chartreuse, blues, purples, teals, fucshia.

7. Colours you hate: PASTELS, greys, browns, mauves, rose.
8. Fibres you like: non-scratchy to skin. Merino, tencel, bamboo, alpaca, cashmere, silk or blends of any of them.

9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: HATE ACRYLIC!
10. Prefered scarf length: 6-7 feet
11. Solid or variegated? either.

12. Cables or lace or texture? Lace
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf):
Not wild for crochet but love woven fibers. I love lace of all kinds, and prefer lightweight over heavyweight yarns, since I live in a warm climate. I wear a purple coat. Love purples and greens mixed together.

Deann G - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle - dee & newb2

3. Blog URL -

4. Country - USA

6. Colors you like - I wear a lot of Black, so any vibrant colors like purple, fuchsia, red, bright blues, but I have recently discovered those wonderful greens, celadon green, lime green, etc…these look great with black too.

7. Colours you hate - I don't have colors that I hate…but I really don't look great in orange, light pink, yellow

8. Fibres you like- being that I'm new to the knitting scene, I really don't have any favorite fibers yet, I love knitting and wearing soft and fuzzy scarves.

9 . Fibres you hate/allergies - I don’t have any allergies that I'm aware of, and probably wouldn't like any fiber that was stiff or itchy

10. Prefered scarf length - I just measured one of my favorite scarves and it is around 70 inches long.

11. Solid or variegated? - I generally knit solid scarves, but I did make a variegated "My So Called Scarf" that I love.

12. Cables or lace or texture? I love Texture and might like cables, but not lace

13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf)

Thank you both for this wonderful opportunity to connect with other knitters!!!!!

Dorene G - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Dorene G, 2 Sticks and a String
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: LOVE earthy, rich, saturated colors
7. Colours you hate: ABHOR pastels
8. Fibres you like: Anything that is soft, luscious and oh so scrumptious. (merino, silk, alpaca, cashmere, etc.)
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: I don't care for acrylics. I have no allergies.
10. Prefered scarf length: LONG. I am "full-figured", so that darn thing has to get wrapped around a big object.
11. Solid or variegated? Either, depends upon the pattern chosen.
12. Cables or lace or texture? Love it all!
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) Crochet? Rather not. Woven? Hmmm? I guess it would depend.

Cynthia C - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle : Cynthia C : CynCyn
3. Blog URL:
4. Country : USA
6. Colours you like: dark browns, blues, greens. i'm picky about my teals. nothing too bright, except for a true aqua or blood red (a blue red). I also love chartreuse, even though it doesn't look great next to my skin. I have a black winter coat, and a dark dark brown winter coat, in case that helps.
7. Colours you hate: I HATE HATE HATE any reincarnation of the color of pink. I'm not a fan of pastel colors, unless they're paired with espresso brown. Please ASK if you have any questions.
8. Fibres you like: i love wool, cotton, and microfiber. anything that passes the 'neck test' for softness. alpaca might finally come in handy, now that i'm living in the north eastern USA.
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: nothing itchy or scratchy. I am not a fan of Mauch or Lopi yarns. or acrylic. or fun fur (shudder).
10. Prefered scarf length: I wear my scarf either doubled and looped through, or wrapped around my neck a couple times. so... at least 60' long. I like it to hang down to my elbows after it's been wrapped.
11. Solid or variegated? either.
12. Cables or lace or texture? any.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I prefer knitted please.

Courtney Q - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle Courtney.......Blogger Handle : cmquintana
3. Blog URL
4. Country: United States
6. Colours you like Purple, blue, green (but not all together :-) )
7. Colours you hateBrown and yellow
8. Fibres you like wool, silk, anything soft
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies
10. Prefered scarf lengthLong but not too long
11. Solid or variegated?Solid
12. Cables or lace or texture?...Lace, cables--Whatever is easy for you
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf)

Colette M - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle -Colette M Knitwitch
3. Blog URL -
4. Country - USA
6. Colours you like - Autumn colors, greens, rusts, browns
7. Colours you hate - pastels, Kelly green, brite yellow
8. Fibres you like -any thing soft
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies - anything harsh, scratchy -not soft
10. Prefered scarf length - long
11. Solid or variegated? either
12. Cables or lace or texture? I like them all
13. Miscellaneous info - This is my third scarf exchange and I have really enjoyed it, I would be happy with anything you wanted to make, knit, crochet or any other fiber craft.

Cindi U - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Cindi U cindiknits
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: black, sage green, dark, dark, green, denim blue
7. Colours you hate: Orange and yellow (I don't hate them, but they're not my favorites)
8. Fibres you like: silk, merino wool, cashmere (of course!). I like soft, natural yarns.
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: acrylic, novelty yarns. I loathe them. No allergies.
10. Prefered scarf length: I like 'em long. 60"?
11. Solid or variegated? This depends on the pattern used. I usually don't use variegated yarn with lace patterns, but I like it with other patterns. I usually knit with solid colors, tho.
12. Cables or lace or texture? Anything goes! I love knitting lace and cables myself.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I'm not opposed to a woven scarf, but I don't really like crochet too much.

Christy N - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Christy N The Crafty Conservative
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: I just got a new wool red pea coat and would love a scarf to go with it. Anything that goes well with red!
7. Colours you hate: I don't hate any colors but I'd like the scarf to not be red--so it doesn't clash with the coat
8. Fibres you like: I like most fibers. The ones I could do without are the fuzzy ones (mohair/eyelash/chenille)
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: I don't have any allergies.
10. Prefered scarf length: I'd prefer a longer scarf but longer for me isn't necessarily too long. I'm only 5' tall.
11. Solid or variegated? Depends on the pattern. I trust the knitter to decide.
12. Cables or lace or texture? Doesn't matter. I love cables and lace. I live in Nebraska so it does get cold. Lacy might not be the way to go for me.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) I would prefer a knitted scarf.

Christopher L - Questionnaire

1. Name: Christopher L & blogger handle: Tadaahhh
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: most colors.
7. Colours you hate: very bright, acidic colors such as flourescent colors; teal. peach, fuscia, anything that reminds me of the 1980's. =P
8. Fibres you like: wool, wool blends, alpaca, cotton, silk, cashmere
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies don't care for mohair or angora, too itchy.
10. Prefered scarf length: 5'+
11. Solid or variegated? either
12. Cables or lace or texture? cables or texture, yes. lace, no
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) i would love to have a chance at a woven scarf, but not particularly fond of crochet for myself. i am so excited about joining this event, i have been reading other peoples' blogs about all the different KALs and exchanges they are participating's been really inspiring.

Christine H - Questionnaire

Christine H aka shteenisknits (blogger)

United States
I like all colors.
I don't like neon colors
I would like something soft, please.
I have cat and dog allergies
The base of my neck is large (wide) so a longer scarf is better for me.
Solid or varigated is fine with me (low maintenance)
I live in the northeast, so solid would be best and cables even better. Sorry.
I wouldn't mind getting a crocheted or woven scarf.

Christine C - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle - Christine - xtinec1 (Knitting on Trial) - blog name
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: purples, greens, blues, black, pink, orange
7. Colours you hate: turquoise, teal, yellow, brown
8. Fibres you like: wools, alpaca, silk, cotton
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: no acrylic please, or fur or eyelash. I don't like novelty yarns usually.
10. Prefered scarf length: The longer the better, but not ridiculously long. 72 - 80 inches?
11. Solid or variegated? Doesn't matter, although I'm generally anti-pooling
12. Cables or lace or texture? Doesn't matter, although I love lace
13. Miscellaneous info: I can't think of anything else. (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf)

Done and Done

Second Mystery pair is a mystery no longer! I used the "Waffle with a Twist" pattern and made a pair of slipper socks for a child. I'm in a charity knitting mood of late, and decided to make something I could donate. Picture on my blog.

Chris M - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle : Chris M.....Mama Murphy
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: neutrals, earth tones
7. Colours you hate: orange
8. Fibres you like: Mohair, wools, anything soft
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: none
10. Preferred scarf length: medium to long
11. Solid or variegated?: no preference
12. Cables or lace or texture?: love them all
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf): I participated in the last exchange and loved it. I love the idea of gifting a knitted scarf to another knitter.

Cheryl P - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle Cheryl P btpsmom
3. Blog URL
4. Country USA
6. Colours you like purples, royal blue,sage green, most greens, clear colors, jeweltones
7. Colours you hate no white, beige, or pale pastels, christmas green
8. Fibres you like soft ones... alpaca,
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies allergic to cigarette smoke; don't care for mohair
10. Prefered scarf length 4 to 5 feet
11. Solid or variegated? either
12. Cables or lace or texture? any would be nice
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf)- my coat is black leather - crocheted/woven is fine. I knit and crochet

Cecily S - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle: Cecily, and what do you mean by blogger handle?
3. Blog URL:
4. Country: USA
6. Colours you like: purples, blues
7. Colours you hate: oranges, yellows, light greens
8. Fibres you like: baby alpaca, merino and tencel together
9 . Fibres you hate/allergies: no allergies, don't really hate any fibers.

10. Prefered scarf length: long!
11. Solid or variegated? whichever
12. Cables or lace or texture? if you know how, that's cool.
13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) whatever my pal feels like doing, i'm sure i'd love. :)

Catherine M - Questionnaire

My name is Catherine M, and by blogger handle is Wren.
My sad little blog which someday I will update is
I live in the USA
I like rich, jewel tone colors or classic shades like tan, black and grey.
I'm not so hot on pastels.
I've never met a natural fiber I didn't like, but generally I stay away from acrylic stuff.
No allergies though.
I like scarves between five and six feet long, either solid or slightly variegated.
I'm up for any type of scarf, cables, lace or texture. I'm also cool getting a scarf that is not knit

Catherine K - Questionnaire

1. Name & blogger handle Catherine K (Knittin Notes)

3. Blog URL

4. Country USA

6. Colours you like Earth tones, deep rich colors, and I like pastels too......

7. Colours you hate neon, not a big fan of bright teal......

8. Fibres you like Soft fibers... blends... Alpaca.... anything soft to the touch... really doesn't matter what its made of i guess....

9 . Fibres you hate/allergies none , I hate itchy fibers

10. Prefered scarf length 60 inches

11. Solid or variegated? Either, I trust my pal ;)

12. Cables or lace or texture? once again I trust you ;)

13. Miscellaneous info (including if you would like the chance to have a crocheted/woven scarf) Please be creative.... If you want to make a decrotive scarf, like the one in ( )thats cool... Just remember I live in the south, winters are extremely mild!!!!!! I love lace shawls, so If you want to make a big kertcheif go for it! Just make something with a lot of love!