Monday, October 31, 2011

100% Qiviut scarf competition/giveaway.

         Finished all my custom knit orders and even my Christmas knitting is done ! Finally got to cast on for this months competition. This time its a 100% qiviut scarf, easy lace stitch but the special bit is the WHITE Qiviut, yes white ! I have been lucky enough to get a small quantity of white qiviut and thought it would be nice to add some to this scarf . The picture above makes the qiviut look really white but its not that white, more creamish. we had to add 15% merino to the white qiviut as it was a bit short, we closed the twist but it should still have a lovely soft Halo after washing. 
Below is a picture of the Stroller outfit and baby Blanket i knit using white and natural qiviut.
The white and natural color look good together.

About the scarf: White qiviut scalloped edge changes to Natural colored qiviut, Knit width ways, you cast on 412 sts on 3.5mm-US4. Has an easy lace st design, should measure about 72'' long and 7'' wide after blocking......i hope !
The competition...... 31-10-2011 TO 28-11-2011.
This month we are giving 2 prizes: 1st the yarn in natural qiviut and some white qiviut to knit this scarf, (your saying, 'what scarf ', well i have to knit it but will add pics as i go along )  2nd the actual scarf so you can gift it (it's nearly christmas) or keep it for yourself !

To enter: Tell us what knitted item you Gift the most for others !
example, Mine happens to be Scarves !

yarn requirements: 50 grams of lace weight yarn and 15 grams of contrast lace yarn. Total yards about 480.
The pattern:
With contrast yarn and US4 - 3.5mm straights Cast on 433 sts.
Rows 1-4:  Knit.

Row 5: (rs) 1st and last 6 sts form the edges of scarf and should be knit on every row seperate with a st marker.  k1, * (k2tog) twice, (yf,k1) 3 times, yf, (sl1, psso) twice, k1,(place stitch marker here to seperate the pat rep's )

Row 6: purl.

Rep rows 5 and 6 - three more times, then rep all 12 rows to form the pattern as set.

Continue to work another 4 pattern repeats and the knit a further 4 rows in white qiviut or contrast yarn.

To bind/cast off knit with 2 strands of white/contrast yarn held together to give a nice sturdy secure edge to the scarf.

Got 2''inches done so far......only another 4'' inches to go......its quite slow, takes about 20 minutes for 1 row!
Well its getting there. Today is the 27th of November and the deadline is the 28th so i only have a couple of hours to finish and get it mailed off to the Lucky winner. It now measures 5'' inches, only 2'' to go, i will work on it this evening while watching 'House of eliott' and will post the final picture after blocking !
After blocking the scarf measures 7'' X 76'' and i'm really happy with the look of the scarf ! Its very soft, has a wonderful Halo.

2011-11-30:
The 2 winners drawn at random are:
Karen our scarf winner and Brendaknits our yarn winner.....Thanks to all who took part ! 

50 comments:

  1. My most gifted item varies by the year. This year it's dishcloths; last year it was ruffled bottle neck sleeves (to catch wine drips). Who knows what next year will bring!?

    (InJuneau on Ravelry too)

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  2. Last year, I made more fingerless mitts than anything else - everyone got a pair. This year, it will be warm socks.
    (lilileaps also on Ravelry)

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  3. I usually do sweaters and afghans for laarger gifts, hats and mitts for smaller gifts, and this year I just started an ankle length dress for Mom's Chrstmas present. Wish me luck getting it done in time.

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  4. I usually knit washcloths (that was the extent of my ability for years and years, blush) and scarves! I found a local shop that gives classes so I plan to improve my ability this year.

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  5. I gift scarves mostly as well. they make lovely gifts!!!

    I love this white fiber. So luxurious looking. The baby set is gorgeous. Well done!!!

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  6. I have given more socks (a pair, not just one) to folks since I started knitting. For me, they are faster than scarves.

    -triedandtrue

    (triedandtrue on Rav)

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  7. I'm knitting fingerless gloves and mittens for Christmas. My daughter is leaving for college and I'm planning on sending her lots of mitts and hats.

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  8. slippers.. lots and lots of slippers. So many pairs that my totally uncrafty father can now felt his own!

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  9. Fingerless mitts. Theres such a large variety of patterns for fingerless mitts - cables , lace, beaded etc in everything from delicate fingering weight thru to snuggly chunky.
    My personal favourite are those I make in New Zealand possum blend yarn - soft and warm.

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  10. I love to gift cowl and fingerless mitt sets.

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  11. Oh wow! I've never seen white qiviut! Just got my first order from you today! Unfortunately, I realized that in the confusion I ordered 2 skeins of red, and only one in black...it was supposed to be the other way around! D:

    My favourite thing to knit for people has to be hats :3 Small enough to easily toss in a bag, quick enough to finish fast (instant gratification!), and everyone needs one! :D

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  12. Socks for everyone! Including a rather tricky tiny pair of duck feet for the new baby due Christmas eve! (see 'duck' pattern on Rav!) Happy Knitting Everyone x

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  13. I love to give hats that match the personality of the people receiving them. :)

    justsuzie_s at hotmail dot com

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  14. Last year I made boot socks for all the men on my list. This year, they all get hats. I've made lots of cotton string shopping bags and felted oven mitts. I have been wanting to do an easy but elegant lace scarf, so thanks for the pattern!

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  15. Mine varies: I've given scarves, fingerless mittens, and hats. Generally things that can be used without needing a lot of specific fitting. This scarf pattern may end up in a package for someone this year! Thanks!

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  16. I usually knit scarves as well! Most other knits require measurements and you can't go wrong with scarves.

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  17. I usually only crochet for one person each year - way less stress that way! This year it's probably going to be fingerless mitts for my sister. :)

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  18. For my 96 year old mother it is cardigans, for sons hats, for friends gloves and fingerless mitts.
    Thank you for this competition too!

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  19. i like to knit hats.. and give them away... hats and scarves...right now i'm working on a cowl to gift... i love handmade knitted goodness!

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  20. My preferred knitted gifts are mostly sport socks and cowls. Time to add something new! Thank you for offering to part with some of your precious white Qiviut and all the great patterns for inspiration.

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  21. Hats! love making them, love giving them away!!

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  22. The items I gift the most are those things I knit for my Mom. It depends on the yardage I have, but it tends to be vests and tees.

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  23. I love to knit shawls and shawletes. so most of my gift end up being those. I am currently knitting a shawl from qiviut and it is luscious.

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  24. I am busy knitting smoke rings. I saw them in Anchorage this summer and fell in love with qiviut. The Artist's Hand wool is very strong considering how thin it is. My first smoke ring is being blocked as I type. It is so lovely to knit.

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  25. I knit scarfs. Last year I knit scarfs for 11 of the neighborhood kids that I watch in the summer. I took a break after that!

    Thanks for your contests.

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  26. I seem to be doing a lot of mittens this year. Last year was scarves. It's so nice to be able to give away something unique.

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  27. Up until this month, it has been scarves - as I am a beginner knitter BUT I just learned how to do hats - and use chunky yarn - so much faster than lace weight - I LOVE THAT!

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  28. hats and headwarmers :) Love qiviut and surprisingly it's difficult to find skeins of here in Alaska...

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  29. I love giving people fingerless mitts. They are a bit of a novelty around here.

    lauramate on ravelry

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  30. Mittens! In yarn handdyed with
    mushrooms!
    barwin on ravelry

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  31. socks, cowls, and felted bags


    Txnightowl on ravelry

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  32. I've made lots of baby lovies over the last year for new parents. I've never run across qiviut before, though it sounds wonderful. Does it take dye well? I want to make my husband a really warm cap but he's military so I've have to dye it.

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  33. For me, scarves are the most usual gift. And there's usually an extra scarf around for a last-minute unexpected gift. I'm starting with cowls this season as they can be so unique and knit quickly.

    I love the white qivuit! It makes a beautiful contrast to the natural.

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  34. socks are my most usual gift, altho shawls are a close second. That white qivuit looks amazing!

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  35. This year I am knitting little purses for Christmas gifts. In the past, it has been afghans.

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  36. I usually knit socks as gifts...people LOVE handknit socks!

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  37. Wow ... a contest for Qivuit?!!! Add me please!!!

    I would say I make hats for gifts the most -- since they almost always fit -- with socks coming in as a close second, and cowls coming in third. Scarves take too long!!! (But I'd still be delighted to win the scarf kit)

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  38. Ooh, that sounds so delicious...

    Last year it was scarves, and the year before was little washcloths. This year will be scarves again, due to requests.

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  39. I used to give hats and scarves but I've been on a wrist warmer kick the last couple of years. They're just that much quicker than fingerless gloves and more useful as you can slip them up and down depending on the degree of warmth you need.

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  40. mine happens to be either socks or gloves...i love to make them. fun fun!

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  41. baby blankets are definitely on number one - no limits on the creativity and I still have to encounter the first Mom who wasn't delighted with the gift;
    afghans are slow but great fun - so far the 'recipients' always were happy;
    some of my shawls keep good friends warm.

    Thanks for the contest!

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  42. My comment was eaten up! Let's try again.

    Crochet or knit, I give away many shawls and shawlettes. This holiday season I will be giving away many crocheted dishcloth and hand towel sets plus a couple scarves and shawls (as usual).

    I'm very much looking forward to working in the angora soft spun as I've loved every minute of your qiviut blend yarns running through my fingers!

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  43. My favorite gift item is scarves or small shawls, and the more luxurious the yarn, the better! Why? I like to think that each time the "giftee" wears the gift, it's like a hug from me.

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  44. canuckchick(ravelry)November 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    I mostly gift shawls

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  45. I like knitting socks and crocheting yarn baskets and hats. Homemade is always the best. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. I gift knitted and crocheted hats the most.

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  47. Pretty much just hats. My knitting time is very limited and hats are fast and fun.

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  48. My most often gifted knit is baby blankets! I love giving someone something I hope they treasure because it's filled with lot's of love to wrap their little one in!

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