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I did forget to mention one Christmas knit that I completed well ahead of time – a Noro striped scarf for my grandma. Unfortunately I didn’t take pictures of this one before it was gifted, but I can show you pretty much what it looked like with this picture of a matching scarf that I made for myself. (Hmm, I’m starting to see a pattern to my gifting – one for you, one for me . . .) I used Brooklyn Tweed’s basic Noro striped scarf pattern, casting on 39 sts, working 1×1 rib and slipping the first and last stitch of every other row until the yarn is used up. For my scarf I used colorways #244 and #279, and I love how they look together.  So fall-ish; I feel like I’m wrapped up in an apple orchard when I’m wearing it. (Too much? Oh well.)

I guess I’m on a Noro-roll these days because I’ve also knit myself a cowl. While in Chicago for the holidays, Sasha’s mom and I visited many yarn shops (yay!) and at an especially nice one called Mosaic Yarn Studio we both fell in love with Noro Kogarashi (which was a new yarn to me!). The shop had a cowl knitted up in one of the colorways (#7), and I liked it so much (and it was obvious that I liked it so much) that Sasha’s mom bought me a skein so I could have my very own. And now I do! I cast on 80 stitches, worked an inch of 2×2 rib, knit until I only had one color change left, then worked another inch of 2×2 rib.

And while on the topic of awesome acquisitions made in Chicago, we went to a great store downtown called Loopy Yarns and I got my first hank of Madelinetosh Lace in Baltic – it’s gorgeous, and very different from anything else I’ve got in my stash. I can’t wait to use it! Any pattern suggestions?

Here’s one final photo of the new Noro scarf joining part of the handknit scarf/shawl/cowl family by the door.