Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Doh! sorry guys this was meant for my blog. la la la nothing to see here...

joining in

hello all! i'm joining in :)
this is my first KAL and first attempt at knitting lace.
i'm using knitpicks alpaca cloud (lace weight) in midnight with size 8 needles - ugh! i'm having a heck of a time with it. i'm without a picture of it so far... well, not very far at all, actually ;-P

i started it once with 2 needles, before getting the advice to move up to 8.... i'll get a pic over the weekend

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Yey, done just in time!

Phew, just finished my Branching Out for my mum's birthday. I'm going to see her on Thursday and for a minute I feared I might not get it done in time. But she's complete - on the blocking board as I type this. Sorry no pics, I'll try and take some as soon as I can though.

Well done to everybody else, I'm loving seeing all the various versions :)

Edit: Pictures added - enjoy! xx

Sunday, September 25, 2005

How do I add Branching Out Button?

Here's a stupid question! How do I use one of those pretty Branching Out KAL buttons and add it to my blog so that it will link back here when someone clicks on it?

Friday, September 23, 2005

My First "Branching Out" Finished !

Here is a pic of it resting on the dining table after a quick bath.


I wouldn't call it proper blocking, but I made an "honest attempt".

And again, with the little stone bunny Mark gave me for Christmas 2003

Can I bear to Part with It ?

Branching out is finished, with nothing left but the blocking. Hopefully I'll be getting around to that this evening, and I'll post pictures once it is complete. I'm hoping that blocking will stretch it out a bit - with 27 repeats, it isn't very long, but I can stretch it out almost to the top of my head, and I'm 5'1". The pattern really opens up when I pull at it, so I'm anxious to get it blocked!

Again, this is a fantastic project for a first lace attempt. The KnitPicks Palette was very easy to work with, and once I got the hang of the pattern, things raced along. I never got to the magic point where I memorized the repeat; did anyone else manage to do that? All of the other scarves are looking fantastic, guys. It's so much fun to see the different types of yarn you are all using - each scarf manages to be unique!


I'm new to this KAL so just thought I'd say hi!

I started Branching Out yesterday and have so far completed 4 pattern repeats.

I'm using Rowan Kidsilk Haze and am a bit concerned that the pattern doesn't have much definition. I'm going to be making a load of these (hopefully) so I think the next one will be made in a thicker yarn.

Laura x

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Eleven repeats done!

My Branching Out has been on hold for a while, but I've picked it up again, and I am making way through it. So far, I have eleven repeats done. This is in Rowan Felted Tweed in Herb; I love this pattern and the yarn. I bought some more yarn (Elsebeth Lavold) to make another one for my MIL as a Christmas gift; it will be a table runner. I've enjoyed looking at all of your BO's; they all look so pretty.

I'm here !

I am reaching the end of my first "Branching Out" (my first lace project". I don't have time to post a pic now, but the beginnings can bee seen here.



Everyone's BO scarves look fantastic! Lovely lovely!

I haven't worked on mine in awhile. I have needed some mindless, relaxing knitting ... something I can do with two kids crawling on and around me. I will have it done by Christmas though, because it's a gift for my Grandmother. :)

Have a great day!!

Saturday, September 17, 2005

A Three-peater

Hi Everyone,

I've been enjoying watching everyone's Branching Outs come into being. It's amazing how much variation there is within a single pattern. I finally finished mine this week, after three months. You are all clearly faster knitters. :-) I used Madil All-Seasons, and was afraid that my scarf would be too narrow, so I added an extra leaf on each side (details on my blog).

-Susan in Kirkland, WA

Friday, September 16, 2005

Started my second Branching out

Hey All,

Thanks for letting me join this KAL, this is my first post ever using Blogger, so hope I won't mess it up ;)

I have just started my second Branching out which I indend to give to my mum in a couple of weeks' time for her birthday.

I am making it in Rowan Kid Classic, in a wine/burgundy/liqueur shade (sorry, don't have the label handy) and it is moving along quite quickly. I think I'm already 1/3 in (started 2 days ago), so far have completed 12 repeats. I expect it will become even more buttery when blocked.

Enjoy! xx

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Branching Out

I've been trying to do Branching Out for quite a while, but thanks to a new baby (nine months old on Saturday), an interferin' job, and life, I gave up on it many times. I finally sat down and got in gear, and it is starting to look like something...tangible. This picture is only showing seven repeats, but as of quitting time last night, I was ten repeats into the pattern. I'm using KnitPicks Palette in Green - the price and the yardage were just right!

I can only work on this once the munchkin has gone to sleep (I can't keep him away from my needles, and dropped stitches aren't fun), and I average two repeats a night.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

I will one day finish Branching Out day. It's so hard to knit lace with a 2 year old around :)

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Branching out branches overseas

My branching out scarf is headed across the Big Pond this month. A dear friend, Kate, will be leaving to go to Ireland with her husband and daughter. Kate's husband is originally from Ireland and they will make it their permanent home.

I began Branching out this Spring, my first venture into lace knitting. I happened upon the pattern after trying to do the Kiri Shawl and found it was bigger than I could handle at the moment. So I started something smaller, and Branching Out seemed the perfect project for my kid mohair. Little did I know that it proved to be a challenge, not only from the standpoint of the pattern, but the mohair was the devil to tink.

Alas, I did not let this defeat me and this one seemed destined to go to a special person. Kate and I had a farewell dinner, just the two of us at a local eatery. I knew that all of her worldly possessions had already been shipped by boat.

They leave for Ireland next Monday. The scarf goes with her. She has promised to take a picture of her wearing the scarf when she gets to Ireland.

I have enough mohair to make another one. I think another one is in our future. "Our" meaning the needles and me. One Branching Out scarf has gone to a very good place.

Kate, while I knit the next one, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you embark on a new life with wonderful opportunities. Godspeed.

Finally Completed!!!

I have finally completed my first Branching Out scarf. Well I actually finished it a while ago, I was just very lazy about weaving in the ends and blocking it ... but I finally blocked it this weekend. The scarf is about 6 ft long! This was a fun pattern. I'm looking forward to making a second scarf.

You can see pictures of my Branching Out scarf here: