There's a nip in the air this week and the bathroom floor was freezing
when I got up
this morning, signaling the official start of the knitting season.
I have a lot of knitting planned for everyone, but I started out by casting on my own version of the Lady Eleanor Entrelac
stole for my very own self and I'm calling it the Duchess of Hudson Street. Here 'tis, almost done:
I used 3 skeins of that divine Noro I got last week at Brooklyn General. I don't have the Scarf Style book from whence this pattern comes, but I did have a great tutorial from the Spring 2007 Interweave Knits magazine. If somehow you mixed up that issue with your old Popular Mechanics mags and can't locate it just this minute, here is an easy to follow entrelac tutorial
Here's another picture, taken right on Hudson Street, because the yarn is just so beautiful:
What makes my scarf a Duchess and not a Lady? Well, a Duchess is grander than a Lady, as all readers of Jane Austen know. Many patterns call for entrelac squares between 4 and 8 stitches, but for this one, I used 10 stitches on size 10 needles giving me really big color blocks. And because a duchess is clever,
I casted on lengthwise (140 stitches) to maximize the Noro stripes.
And the whole thing took just a presidential debate or two to complete.