5/22/12 Purchased the yarn from Brambles Hedge Yarn on Etsy. The colors were very close to what I was looking for.
5/27/12 I love this pattern. It looks complicated, but it is easy. I did mess up when a whole row of stitches fell off the needle.
7/25/12 Still working on this. I started using the chart. Oh brother, it is so much easier using the chart. Why oh why was I so afraid of charts.
8/21/12 Still plugging along.
9/6/12 I am almost at the end of this skein of yarn and I wonder if I will have enough to finish.
9/14/12 I am working on this pretty steadily now and it is taking me forever to finish. I think I am using lace weight yarn and it is not working up to the length with the yardage. I may make it smaller so it doesn’t take me 4 more months to finish. It is a beautiful scarf, though.
9/15/12 Well, I contacted the seller to see if she has more of this yarn in the same dye lot. Yes, I’ve committed the worst sin a knitter can commit. I did not purchase enough of the same yarn to finish the project. It is extra fine fingering, so I think that is why I don’t have enough to make the full length of the scarf. I really love it, and it is meant to be a gift, so I hope and pray there will be another skein in my dye lot number.
9/15/12 UPDATE: I just ordered another skein in the same dye lot!!!! Brambles Hedge Yarn saves the day.
9/23/12 The knitting is finally done. I have to block it and take some good pictures before I send it off. It worked up really well. It actually doesn’t need a lot of blocking, but since it is a gift I will block it just the same.
9/27/12 The scarf is blocked and looks very nice. I hope Marilyn likes it. I will take a few more pictures of the scarf with the book before I send it off.
She pulled off her scarf and folded it on her lap, letting herself enjoy the softness of the silk against her fingertips. She slipped one hand beneath it…
He touched the folded silky edges first, then slid his fingers beneath the fabric to meet her hand …
She feared so many things. Too many to want to count them. Some she would not even want to try to justify.
But his touch?
Surprisingly, this was not one of them …
From that second onward, Gwen didn’t try anymore to pretend she didn’t care about Emerson.
from A Summer in Europe by Marilyn Brant
A Summer in Europe is probably the best book I have read this year, and it is definitely one of my all-time favorites. The scene with Gwen and Emerson holding hands beneath her scarf is my very favorite scene.
Gwen’s scarf is not knitted; it is made of silk. So for my scarf, I tried to be creative and symbolic. I chose a yarn with colors reminiscent of the colors on the book cover. It just so happens the yarn was made in Italy, one of the many stops on Gwen’s tour of Europe.
I specifically chose the pattern “Two by Two by Two” because Gwen and Emerson often leave the group behind and tour parts of Europe alone --- just the two of them.
10/16/12 Added a picture of my favorite author and the recipient of “Gwen’s Scarf” (Marilyn Brant) wearing it.
11/2/12 Here is author Marilyn Brant’s blog entry on Gwen’s scarf.