During the fall I fell in love with Jimmy Beans Wool‘s online store, where I’d gone to purchase lots of Cascade 220 Sport for the projects I wanted to make from 60 More Quick Knits (Sixth & Spring Books), which I’d received for my birthday over the summer.
While I was there, I signed up for their little sampler club called “Beanie Bags.” One of the samples I received was a a gorgeous vibrant blue yarn, Madelinetosh Vintage Tosh “Lapis.” It was to die for! The blue was exactly like the the stone. So pretty! The pictures here don’t do it justice.
I used my little Tosh sample to make a blue and white Chubby Chirp for the Christmas tree, but I needed just a smidge more yarn for the second wing to finish it. What better excuse than that to buy a whole skein, right? Knitters, I know you will understand. 😀
Of course, once I had the new 200-yd skein and finished the little bird, I had to find a project to use up the rest of it. I found a wonderful pattern called Simple Gifts in a Ravelry store . It’s a gorgeous Fisherman Stitch Scarf (it’s free, as of this writing, and as the title indicates, simple to make.)
As I read the directions, I realized this project would give me a chance to learn a new stitch, so I was very excited to get started. I love learning new things!
The pattern relies heavily on the Knit 1 Below stitch. This video here from New Stitch a Day demonstrates it perfectly (and the Simple Gifts pattern includes pictures to guide you, as well).
After I watched this video, away I went! And the results are looking great!.
It’s an easy pattern to work. You can do it while watching TV or other distraction -inducing activities, and it works up quickly.
As you can see, I’m down to a wee little ball* of my Madelinetosh yarn, so I’ll have a finished picture to post soon.
Happy Knitting! 🐑 🐑 🐑
*I cut the fringe for the scarf first so I could knit to the end of the ball without worrying if I’d have enough yarn left or when to stop the scarf.