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I Express My Gratitude through Red Lace

May 9, 2014

Mentor ScarfMy department has a mentoring program for graduate students, and I’m pretty much certain that I got the best mentor out there.  She is an inspiration in every sense of the word, and I strive to be more like her. Even as she has been incredibly busy with her own work, E always takes time to give me the perfect advice just when I need it. E recently completed her PhD, and she’s graduating tonight. She has a fantastic future as a scholar ahead of her, beginning with this graduation and a visiting professorship next year, and I can’t wait to see where life takes her.

Mentor ScarfYou know that I like to celebrate life’s achievements with handknits, and this was an important one that I wanted to get just right. I spent a long time looking for a pattern that was a scarf rather than a shawl, which I think she would find too fussy, and had a lace pattern that didn’t look too delicate. I was also pleased to use some stash yarn–I don’t often buy yarn without a project in mind, but this beautiful red skein was an exception that I purchased at a trunk show, and I’m glad I had it on hand.
Mentor ScarfThis lace pattern looked pretty nice while knitting it, but it opened up beautifully when blocked. The finished scarf, which I knit with a single skein, is approximately six feet long and thirteen inches wide. I used my blocking wires to block this project, and I don’t think I’ve mentioned them on the blog before. Blocking wires are so handy when blocking lace, as they help you achieve a nice, even edge without using a million pins. There are plenty of tutorials out there for using them, but I do have an additional tip. These wires are, like so many crafting supplies, totally overpriced for what they are. I simply went to the hardware store a few years back and picked up some wires in a material that wouldn’t rust, which left me with more money for yarn!

Pattern: Checkerboard Lace Scarf by Purl Soho
Yarn: 1 skein Three Irish Girls Adorn Sock in Rona
Needles: US 7 bamboo
Made for: My PhD mentor
Timeline: 20 March – 3 May 2014
Modifications: cast on for one fewer repeat; added an extra stitch on each edge to slip
Worst Part: I can’t think of one–this was a really pleasant knit
Best Part: showing my mentor how much I appreciate her with the perfect scarf

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