Thursday, November 4, 2010

Going batty (and a knitting pattern)

Halloween is over, but I'm still going batty. As most of you know, I love all types of wildlife. I've been hoping to catch glimpses of critters around my new place because it's so woodsy, but I didn't expect to see bats! They live in the trees that grow along the creek and emerge at dusk. I've been a bat fan for many years, so I'm loving it! I read today that their presence is a sign of a healthy eco-system.
These bats are going straight to the top of my knitting queue. The Boo Pattern is available from Mochimochi Land (and the picture is from there, too).

I've been wanting to show you this scarf I've been working on for a while now. It's challenging to photograph because it's so dark, so I decided to just model it for you. It's knit with Malabrigo kettle dyed pure merino wool. When I showed it to my sister she commented that it looks like something our grandmother would have made, so I'm calling the pattern "Grandma's Easiest Lace Scarf Ever."

To knit the scarf:

-Using size 15 needles, cast on 16 stitches.
-Row one: *K2, YO, slip one stitch purlwise, K1, pass slipped stitch over* Repeat to end of row.

That's it! Just do row one over and over until the scarf is the length you want. If you want to experiment with different types of yarn and needle size, just keep in mind the pattern is a four stitch repeat.

Enjoy your weekend! We are supposed to get rain, and I sure hope it happens.


Linda said...

Dear Stacy,
How amazing that you have bats! I love bats! They come and live here every summer and stay in our umbrella on our patio. We feel so blessed to have them with us:) That bat pattern is so sweet and a lovely photo of you! Thanks for sharing your pattern. I do wish you all the best in your new home.
Take care

Theresa said...

EWWWWW Bats are a little scary to me:) but the knitted ones are cool! Love the scarf and it looks really warm! Enjoy your Friday my friend! BIG HUGS!

Maiden Jane said...

The bats (knitted) are adorable! The real things - very interesting! We had them in our shutters and in our deck umbrella one year. I id'd the droppings. Thankfully, none are living that close now. But at dusk and dawn you can see them flying about. I have never seen Malabrigo in person but so want to try knitting w/it.

Kim's Treasures said...

Beautiful scarf!!! Love the color and the texture!

Aren't bats the cutest!?! I love them!

Have a great day!!!

Hilary Martin said...

Oh my god I love those bats!!!

Erin Wallace said...

Those bats are adorable! Wish the real ones were.

Rachel said...

How cute - who would have thought bats could be cute at all?

I don't know if it's the iPad or what, but your photo shows the top of your head and your glasses. So...either the rest of the picture was cut off, or you're modeling a scarf around your head. I'm going back to have another look.

Caffeine Girl said...

I admire people who love bats. I know they are really good for the ecosystem but they gross me out.

About 8 years ago, I had bats inside my house -- as a single mom! No guy to take care of the problem! I'm still traumatized!

The scarf is adorable. I definitely want to do one!


Hi Stacy,
Those bats are stinkin cute!!! Can't wait to see yours.
Cute Gramma hat too>
Happy Sunday!
deb :)

Thimbleanna said...

Ha! It's a Wilson pose! The hat looks great. I'm not sure how I feel about bats though. They're pretty cool, but not when they're in your house!

Unknown said...

Yaaay bats!

Susan Gallacher-Turner said...

Those are the cutest bats I've ever seen. I had an artist friend that loves bats and we did an I made her a copper 'bat' pin. I made a bat mask, too, out of screening but I painted it very 'un' bat like, because I am really afraid of bats. But I'm not afraid of yours, they're just too cute!