Thursday, March 22, 2007

Bainbridge Scarf

I still have a cold and a cough, but the other horrible symptoms have gone away. Going back "home" is very stressful for me and DH. Both our families have their own crazy problems. Within these past 4 years, our families have been divided by family feuds and divorces. Each year it seems like it's getting worse, not better. Something new always crops up and makes us fearful of phone calls late at night. We are thankful that we live a 4-5 hour drive away. We call it our buffer zone. I am not sure that I would go back as often if my sister wasn't there. Maybe she should move to New York?

I made the Bainbridge Scarf while I was snowed in on Friday in Boston. I saw this cute little scarf last month and knew that I had to knit it. Pepperknit's pattern includes a tutorial on how to wear it. It looks more complicated than it really is. It's actually a knitted tube with knitted straps on each side. This one will be gifted to my sister. It's knit with Louisa Harding's Grace Silk & Wool. I bought it at Pure Knits with a 20% off coupon code. This yarn just glides along the needles. I loved using it. FYI, it's mostly a evenly gauged yarn, but sometimes it has some thick and thin areas which didn't affect the stitch pattern.Pattern: Bainbridge Scarf by Pepperknit
Yarn: Louisa Harding's Grace Silk & Wool (Bought 2 balls, but used 1 full ball and about 1/3 of the 2nd one.)
Color: Ecru
Needles: US6/4mm Knit Picks Options

I made another batch of Focaccia Bread from No Need to Knead. This time I let it rise double the amount of time because I was using the oven for something else. Then instead of pouring the dough into a 9 inch skillet, I poured some into a small non-stick saucepan and the rest into a jumbo muffin pan to make rolls. I wanted a taller loaf than last time and the saucepan did the trick. I think that you can almost use anything as long as you grease the pan with oil before pouring the dough in. The crispy crust is so delicious!

Look! I made myself a stitchmarker. It's a ball of yarn made from copper wire.

16 comments:

Jennie said...

What a cute stitchmarker, that would look really nice as a necklace.
I really want that scarf, shame I can't knit.

Julie said...

The bread looks amazing and I love the little stitch marker!

caitlyn said...

I am so sorry to hear about the crazy family stuff...but it's *such* a good thing that you have the physical distance to separate you from it!
The scarf looks wonderful! Your sister is lucky!
The foccacia bread looks delish yet again. I wanted to ask you -- I don't have skillets that can go in the oven. Do you think 9" cake pans would work?
I hope you get some good rest and continue to recover.

Oiyi said...

-Caitlyn, Yes, a cake pan would work. Anything that can go into the oven will work. The dough will take the shape of the pan you put it into. Just remember to oil it first.

Ann K. said...

Pretty scarf.. yummy looking bread and a super little stitchmarker! I want one! LOL!

I noticed you have the cookbook Barefoot Contessa at Home (from one of your previous posts) -- I love the book, it's great to see another enjoy it too!

CynCyn said...

Stitch marker is ADORABLE! Distance makes a great buffer zone for family... It allows you to remember that you love them, even if you don't like them all the time.

Amy Lu said...

You have a cold, a crazy family, you knit, you sew, you cook.... How did we never cross paths before in life? Our lives seem similar on a few levels.

:o)

I love the scarves you are knitting, and that little stitchmarker is great! Good luck on the family things, we always considered it a blessing that the in-laws live in AZ....

Dipsy said...

Argh, families! I think it's always best to live quite a distance away - like the "buffer zone" as you called it so perfectly - it's just easier to cope with them from a distance!
I really love the scarf that you did, it looks so beautifully unique and elegant! And your stitch marker rocks big time - this must be the cutest ball of yarn that I've seen for long!

anna maria said...

Very cute scarf and it looks like it can really keep the cold out.
Love your little marker - I think it would make a nice pendant as well.

knittingphilistine said...

Beautiful Bainbridge! Minty will be so pleased.

Mintyfresh said...

I am! Beautiful job. Yours looks warmer and softer than the one I made :)

cally said...

thanks for your sweet comment about Marley. I'm missing him terribly, but i guess that's all part of hte deal if you share a dog, both parties have to feel ok about it, and if one doesn't... sigh. I just hope hope hope that she is better about the next attempt.

PS your red neckscarf with your green jacket - love it!

jen said...

oi vey! pretty yarn stitch marker!

i think you should make an apron from your fabric stash!

schrodinger said...

Cute stitchmarker!!

Love the fabric you got too.

opportunityknits said...

The scarf is so cute and you knit it so quickly! That focaccia looks so yummy I can't take my eyes off it! That liitle copper wool ball is so cute too. Hope you're feeling better already, families do bring out all the emotions in us.

joyce said...

lovely scarf. i must try it next winter!...ooh and you made focaccia bread!