Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunrise Lace Scarf, While Hawk Watching

When I started this lace scarf, Theresa asked me what the yarn was like to work with.

Since I've been true to my promise to only knit this project in public when I need mindless knitting, I hadn't worked on it until this weekend.


We went hawk-watching. (Definitely an autumn birding addiction in these parts.) We were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time...we saw a record number of Broadwing hawks soaring over Pack Monadnock on their way to South America.

For more on this phenomenon, including an excellent video shot the day after we were there, check out the William Kramer Studio blog.

Between exciting parts where I was watching thousands of hawks, Bailey and I had plenty of time to hang out. And I had plenty of time to knit.

The yarn has been great to work with. Even though it's a single (not plied), I haven't had any problems with it splitting.

Last time I knit this project in alpaca. It was softer and more drapey, but I like the crunchiness and springiness of the wool. The stitch pattern shows up much more....which I haven't mentally adjusted to yet.


The color of this yarn is gorgeous. It got lots of compliments at the hawk watch! I think of it as "Sunrise", even though the Riverstone Yarn name for this color is "Tangerine."

So Theresa, my answer is "Buy this yarn." Are you surprised by that? "More yarn" is practically a philosophy at my house!

Related posts:
Casting on
The alpaca version of this scarf

9 comments:

Acorn to Oak said...

Thousands of hawks?! That must have been an amazing sight! We had a hawk in our backyard this weekend. It was dining on fresh pigeon! Another hawk was dining on pigeon out on the street.

I love that yarn color! It's gorgeous! Looks like a fun project too. Makes me want to go out and buy some yarn!

Theresa said...

MINE TOO! I've put the Riverstone on my list! I'm assuming I can get it up there somewhere.
We have a huge fly-by in Klamath for raptors.
It's always awesome seeing them isn't it esp. en mass.

Marsel said...

Thank you for the inspiration! (I just put in a hold request at my library for this book!)

The pattern and yarn are lovely and the phrase "mindless knitting" really appealed because that's the only kind of knitting I do at this stage of my life...but I don't need any more dishcloths. :)

Julie said...

Sounds like a fun time! And what a lovely scarf great color for fall. I have a purple one I started in the same pattern but the yarn is a lace weight and I just have such a hard time seeing it anymore! But now after seeing yours I think I will get it back out and work on it somemore!

Thanks!

ASpinnerWeaver said...

This is beautiful! I like your name for the yarn; it really fits. Never having spent enough time knitting to get past the most basic of stitches, myself, the idea of this being mindless just amazes me!
~Annie www.ASpinnerWeaver.com

DEEP END OF THE LOOM said...

I love the color of the yarn and the pattern for the scarf is really pretty. Should be a great knit.

Benita said...

I have never knit with singles before - how is it working as far as wanting to unspin, or is it?

I like it that the pattern shows up so well. Too many times a nice pattern is used, then it is lost either in the yarn color or texture. That looks nice, indeed.

Delighted Hands said...

This is the pattern I used for the bottom of my grand daughter's cardigan-feather and fan, right?! Beautiful. The colors will be a smile wrapped around your neck when it is completed! The hawk watch had to be lovely. The red shouldered hawk couple we have here are very vocal and it is beautiful to watch and listen to them.

Leigh said...

The scarf is beautiful and I love the color. And I'm not an orange person! We've had 2 or 3 broadwings hanging about lately. We hope they're only hunting squirrels and not chickens and cats!