Roll Call

It’s been a while since I’ve posted pictures of anything I’ve knit. This isn’t because I haven’t been knitting, but because I’ve been too busy to take pictures, and just writing about things I’ve knit only goes so far. So, today, we catch up.

There’s already a picture of this drop-stitch scarf on my blog, but now it’s actually done. The person who is getting this scarf doesn’t have the slightest idea that s/he is getting it, and s/he might even be reading this very post! S/he is going to totally plotz when I hand it over. Anyway, faithful readers know that this scarf was knit with Tsuki from ArtFibers in San Francisco. Those of you who don’t have the fortune of living in the Bay Area can get the same results from Rowan Kidsilk Haze. But then you’d be knitting with Rowan, which is the knitting equivalent of paying rent in the Bay Area, so you might as well just move here.

Totoro is still waiting for his face, which means he’s waiting for me to knit a swatch of this yarn on which to practice my single-crochet embroidery. And while Totoro is waiting for his face, my niece Emily is waiting for her Totoro bonnet. I better hurry up. In the meantime, here’s a thank you to Hello Yarn for a great Totoro hat top-down bonnet in the form of an anime character. Freaking Disney copyright.

It’s really unusual for me to knit with the yarn that a pattern recommends, but I just finished a teaching a buttload of classes (knitting and writing), and some of my payment came in the form of methamphetamines yarn credit. “Backyard Leaves” from Scarf Style has been on my short list for a long time, so I was finally able to get the requisite skeins of Karabella Aurora 8. I loved knitting this pattern——challenging enough to keep me interested, but not so difficult that it drove me insane. Thank you, Annie Modesitt! “Backyard Leaves” is now wrapped around Z’s shoulders, which is one of my favorite places to put my knitting.

Here’s the other thing I’ve been doing. It’s right on my walk to work, three blocks from the 24th Street BART station. The next time you come visit San Francisco? F#%* Fisherman’s Wharf. Go to Philz.


  • Anne Sheridan says:

    I can’t wait to hear the reaction to the drop stich scarf…AMAZING WORK! And the falling leaves…crap…now I NEED to knit that! L-O-V-E it! We will visit Philz for sure…my hubby’s name is Phil…but he’d love it with a ‘Z’!

  • Adrian says:

    Ha! You’re very welcome for the pattern, and yeah, nothing like Disney to make you watch your copyrighted name manners. Faceless anime character looks great!

  • I love the scarf! Great job!!

  • Adam says:

    The drop stitch scarf is fantastic, the yarn looks so luxurious. And nice work on the Backyard Leaves. I recently finished one with Cascade 220, and I agree it’s a great pattern. I finally memorized it by the very last repeat, but it took a while.

  • yarn boy says:

    Yeah, I had a similar experience. I’m usually good at memorizing complicated patterns after a few rounds, but I didn’t dare look away from the chart for “Backyard Leaves” until I was nearly finished. Funny how the knitting brain works.

  • Sean says:

    That scarf is gorgeous! I bought the book that includes that pattern. I’ll need to give it a try. Or is it just charted? I’m not so keen on those.

    Philz, hmm? Count me in…

  • Gail says:

    I love the scarves and I just enjoy the website. You give me lots of inspiration! I’ve only been knitting since february, and have started to challenge myself in my knitting. So keep posting!!!

  • Nik says:

    I want that scarf, it’s so pretty. I really need to make myself something like that. really.

  • Cindy says:

    Oh wonderful! I was planning on making the “leaves” scarf for myself after Christmas. Now I am jonesing… The dropped stitch scarf is also beautiful! The color is glorious and the recipient is lucky

  • Eikon says:

    Lace makes me cry whenever I try to do it but I have some Hempathy just waiting to be a shawl.

  • Cassandra says:

    Wow, I think “Backyard Leaves” turned out very nice! Way to go!

  • jessica says:

    “Backyard Leaves” looks amazing. Now i “have” to make one too! But this one will be for me. I have been knittig like crazy recently – getting presents ready for everyone else! I am halfway through the Danica scarf for my brother-in-law (ok I am running a bit behind…)and I am really pleased with it.

  • Mercy! Which book/location has the drop stitch scarf pattern? I have some kidsilk haze… and some ombre mohair that is going to strangle me if I don’t liberate it from my stash. This looks like JUST the pattern. Pretty please?

    Location! thanks.

  • you da mom! says:

    i’ve seen that scarf before. it’s very cool. also, isn’t there also a philz on sanchez, across the street from Imagine Knit? It seems I bought coffee there one day on a yarn-buying excursion…

  • Melanie says:

    That drop stitch scarf is beautiful. Is that your pattern or did you discover it somewhere? Please do tell. 🙂

  • kate says:

    i was excited to see the shout out for philiz! i love me some good coffee- i wish it was on my way to work

  • Tana says:

    Backyard Leaves is stunning. Absolutely stunning.

  • Che' says:

    Its all great work! Im glad you love where you live! It really is wonderful there!

  • Megan says:

    I third the question on where the pattern for the drop stitch scarf is to be found. please share! its absolutely amazing

  • Nynke says:

    I think I can help you out on the pattern of the drop-stitch scarf;
    after a long and persistent search I found it here:
    good luck!

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