Monday, October 23, 2006

Pretty in Pink

The Grove hosted a Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Knit-In on Sunday. Knitters could come and knit a pink scarf or drop off finished scarves for sale at the San Diego's Komen Race for the Cure and auction. I showed up a little after openning and stayed pretty much until the end....and this is what I have to show for my efforts:
I knew I wanted it to be a bulky knit so that I would be able to finish it that day. With the help of Nonnahs, I scoured the internet for a quick knit and finally settled on the formula presented by the Yarn Harlot here. I liked the idea of knitting it lengthwise to mix it up a bit. The only problem is that I spent the whole day not really knowing how long the scarf was going to be, since it was bunched up on the needles. I felt like it was going to be fine...but I've been burned before. Needless to say when I finished binding off, I was *delighted* that the length was just exactly what I was hoping for.

I used almost a full hank of Lamb's Pride Bulky in Lotus Pink (M-38) and almost another full ball of Moira in color 58. Both yarns have the same recommended gauge and suggested needle size. Since it was a scarf, I didn't bother with a swatch but just casted on 160 stitches (a number chosen based more on the length of the yarn tail and not with any stitch calculation) with the Lamb's Pride on size 11 needles, worked a few rows then started randomly alternating with the Moira through the rest of the body of the scarf, finishing with the Lamb's Pride. I left tails as I went and then added a few more tassels to fill them out when I was all done.

The Lamb's Pride was so soft and was lovely to work with while Moira was a little stiff. It turned out to be fine for the center of a scarf since the Lamb's Pride provided a nice cushion on the edges.

It was a great way to spend the afternoon and the Grove had a great turn out. This year nearly all the San Diego yarn shops were involved in the pink scarf project one way or another and I am really honored I could be a part of it. Each of the scarves are going to be sold for $35 - which will go straight to Susan G. Komen since the materials (and knitting) were donated by the knitters.

8 comments:

Mouse said...

Great job on the scarf! I don't think I've ever knit anything in just one day.. my hands would hate me for a week!

Jennifer said...

I love the scarf! What a great cause too.

Nonnahs said...

I JUST realized that I could have donated Amelia to the cause- wish I had thought of it sooner.

amanda cathleen said...

great scarf! And a great cause too, a very creative way to raise money.

Melissa said...

good for you! Thats a good color pink, too ;)

Theresa said...

sThat's a fun scarf - definitely a change from the ordinary.

Nasus said...

What a great idea! Ahh...the Lotus Pink vaguely reminded me of my days with POL :)

mle said...

That's really neat! I'll have to look to see if there is anything like that in my area.