Tuesday, April 01, 2008

April is Blog Anniversary month!

In April two years ago, I started blogging, a few month before that I picked up knitting as my hobby again, after a long break of two decades, of non knitting. So much has happened since then, and I've learned so much, and found many online friends. I had a few times were I thought, "why am I doing this?", but these times passed quickly. I'm not ready to give up blogging yet.


I was thinking of doing a contest, but then thought, I would like to give something to all my readers, that's when I thought of writing up a pattern. I know, it's Spring, and everybody is thinking of warmth, sunshine, and lovely summer knits, so my scarf pattern might be not the best choice, but when I thought it up, it was at the beginning of March, still snowing heavily, and naturally, the next winter will come eventually. So here it is as a 'Thank You' to all of you for reading my posts, and commenting:

The Grasshopper Scarf:


specifics:

pattern: my own, especially written for blog anniversary, the lace pattern is very easy to memorize, there's not enough seed stitch to get annoying. The number of edge stitches before and after the markers are not the same, that's not a mistake!

yarn: Highland Wool from elann.com, 4.5 balls = 490.5 yds, color # 1477: The lace pattern in this shawl needs blocking. Acrylic yarn would not be a good choice. Gauge is not important. Thinner yarn and smaller needles make a thinner scarf. I would have loved to make another one with a totally different yarn, but time got away from me. So now I'm waiting to see, what others will use. :o)

needles: US 6 (4mm), worked 11 repeats

size before blocking: 9.5" x 56.5"

size after blocking: 11" x 71" ( did not block heavily)

start-finish: March 1-4, 2008




download pattern now


I hope you like it.

71 comments:

Kris said...

Happy blog anniversary! Thank you for sharing the scarf pattern it is beautiful.

Vanessa said...

Wow! What a great scarf! Looks so warm and cuddly! A definate add to my list :)
Thanks
www.butterflyknitter.blogspot.com
on Ravelry as well
Vanessa

Sue J. said...

Happy blogiversary, Monika. And thank you for such a lovely scarf pattern. I knit with wool year round so this is going in my queue. Very kind of you. I has been a pleasure to get to know you. And you know how crazy I am about Sam and Biko. Milo sends best wishes, as well.

shortoldlady said...

Happy Blogaversary! That was so nice of you to share your time and talent with us! Many more years of blogging!

Robbyn said...

Happy blogiversary and thank you very much for sharing that lovely pattern :) That was a lovely, kind thought1

Frieda said...

Thank you ! Happy blog anniversary and hope you continue for many more years !

Manuela said...

traumhaft schö - liebe Monika - Du bist eine wahre Künstlerin.... dann alles Gute zum Bloggeburtstag aus der Schweiz!!!!

Manuela

Larry said...

Thanks for the pattern. I just might start it today since I need a break from the never-ending entrelac scarf. (You're right. It's not my favorite technique but not as bad as some I've tried.)

And happy anniversary. I love your blog and am so pleased that we've met.

m1k1 said...

What a gorgeous pattern. You are a clever poppet.

Debi said...

Happy Blogiversary Monika!!

The scarf is lovely and you are always generous with your talents.

What is it with April that so many started blogging? I see so many coming up, mine's April 10.

The Kelly Green Rogue said...

I love it! What a great idea! I'm adding it to my queue! Happy Blogiversary!

sgeddes said...

Happy Blogiversary! I lvoe the pattern. I'm trying to figure out what I have to knit one up with,I have some bamboo I might try out.

Marianne said...

Happy Blogiversary, Monika, I enjoy my visits here, blog on!
Thank you for the scarf pattern, I REALLY like it and I'm another who knits with wool year round, even this far south :^)

Toby said...

Happy blogiversary! I love the scarf pattern and think it's a really nice way to celebrate your blogiversary.

It's still snowing here in Montana too, so while I think the scarf has a nice lightness too it for Spring, it's very much cold enough here to knit scarves.

mrsfife said...

Happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing the pattern with us.

Lankakomero said...

Happy blog anniversary!
Pattern is lovely. Thank You!

lexa said...

Happy blogiversay! That scarf is gorgeous, thanks for sharing! :)

RiverCitySTL said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful pattern! Happy blogiversary! I love reading your blog!

irsuzyq said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful scarf. Thank you for sharing.

knittinginpink said...

Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for this gorgeous scarf pattern : )

myboringblog said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! I saw the pattern on Ravelry and was wondering what it was. That's so nice to give something to everyone! :-)

Hege said...

Happy blogiversary!

The scarf is lovely - thanks!

shannon said...

glad to have found you. :)

glad you started writing two years ago and knitting again.

lovely pattern!! thanks.

T-Mom said...

I bet I've got some yarn that will look great in that pattern--in fact, I can think of one right now that might just be perfect! I'll send you a pic if it works. :)

And happy blog anniversary. I'm glad you're not tired of blogging yet--I love your blog.

Irene said...

Monika, you rock! this is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

Happy Anniversary!!!

Elemmaciltur said...

Happz Blogiversary!!! And thanks for the pattern! I've queued it on Ravelry already. ;-)

Karen said...

Happy Blog Anniversary!!!!

Love the pattern as I do all of your patterns, must cast on now!!!!

Arlene said...

Congrats! What a beautiful Design!!! Arlene

Kirsten said...

It is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing! Between the color and the leaf motif it looks like spring!

You and I started blogging the same month. I didn't realize that. I though you had started well before me.

Happy blogiversary! Your projects always inspire me!

Anonymous said...

Superbe ! Merci merci merci !!!!!!
Danièle

Eliza said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I've actually never seen your blog before, but I came across your pattern on Ravelry looking for something for some DK weight cashmere.... I hope you don't mind if I use it, even though it's not technically a thank you gift for me :) I'll definitely post pictures AND put you on my blog reader!

Michele Vogel said...

Truely beautiful. Congratulation on 1 year. I love reading your blog.

carla said...

Happy anniversary! That's a lovely scarf pattern.

Kelley said...

Thanks so much! It's beautiful! And happy anniversary!

Maggie said...

Monika, that's gorgeous! Happy blog anniversary! :)

The Knitting Blog by Mr Puffy the Dog said...

Happy Blog anniversary! What a tremendous amount of knowledge and inspiration your blog contains for such a short duration! What a great idea to share something we can all enjoy (I've never understood the contest concept anyway). It's very beautiful and the pattern is unlike anything I've ever seen before. Thank you :)

- Steffi - said...

Congratulations and thanks for the pattern! It's unique and striking.

Kelly said...

happy blogversary!!! We are so blessed to have you in the knit blog community!!
Thanks for the scarf pattern, its wonderful!!! Love that green!

Mariella said...

Happy blog anniversary!
What a beautiful scarf - love that shade of green - so spring!

Emma said...

Happy blogiversary! Great scarf--it's really lovely.

2paw said...

Happy Bloggiversary Monika!! I have so enjoyed meeting you, and your family, internetally: Biko and Sam are lovely!!! The scarf is wonderful. Thanks for the pattern and it is so green!!!!!

Micky said...

Happy Bloggiversary!!

Thanks so much. Very pretty.

Ann said...

Happy Blogiversary & thank you for the lovely pattern. Love it!

Michelle said...

Happy Blogaversary!! The scarf is gorgeous! Thank you!

sharon said...

love the pattern - just need to find the right yarn. from my stash of course...
tee hee - the word verification is ysanrz - how fitting

Alice said...

Happy blogiversary! Your knits are always gorgeous and this scarf is no exception. Thanks for sharing this pattern with us, and for all the inspiring posts!

Angelika said...

I guess I'm a little late for the party? Look at all the guests and visitors already. What a great pattern. Don't see where the grass hopper is, but it's going to be on my to-do-list. I know, I still owe you the mittens too. Shame on me.

Holly said...

Happy 2nd Blogversary!

The scarf pattern is lovely. I am thinking a merino/tencil sock yarn or STR silkey for spring and summer wear.

Stephani said...

Happy blog anniverseary !! And many thanks for this wonderful pattern !!
LG Stephani

Heike said...

Liebe Monika,

herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deinem blog-Geburtstag. Es ist immer toll Deine Beiträge zu lesen (wenn ich auch manchmal nicht alles verstehe - aber ich lerne....).

Der Grashüpfer-Schal ist wunderschön und ich bin wieder einmal sehr beeindruckt von Deinen Fähigkeiten. Und ich finde es klasse, dass Du uns sowas Schönes kostenlos zur Verfügung stellst!

Ganz liebe Grüße von Heike

Rosa said...

La bufanda es una maravilla. He puesto una foto suya en mi blog, espero que no le importe. Si hay algún problema la quitaré. Gracias.
Rosa.

The scarf is a wonder. I have put a photo hers in my blog, I hope that it does not matter to him. If there is some problem I will clear it. Thanks.
Rosa.

Emily said...

Happy blogiversary!

Rina said...

Der Schal ist traumhaft und ich werde ihn sicher einmal nachstricken. Danke, dass du dir die Muehe gemacht hast, und das Muster an uns weitergibst.
Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zum Bloggeburtstag !!

Liebe Grüss
Rina

Jodi said...

It's gorgeous! I just queued it at Ravelry and can't wait to get some projects out of the way so that I can cast on!

Susi said...

Happy Blogiversary :). Und vielen Dank für das wundervolle Schalmuster.
I try, if I have a bunch of time :)

Susi Knitchicks

Susanne said...

Liebe Monika,
herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deinem Blog-Anniversary, sei ganz fest umarmt. Ich bin so froh, Dich hier im Netz kennengelernt zu haben und möchte Dich, Deine Einträge und Deine wundervollen Werke keinesfalls missen. Die Zeit, in der ich mich manchmal gefragt habe, warum ich eigentlich hier im Netz Geschichten rund ums Stricken schreibe, hatte ich auch mal. Aber es gibt mir auch so viel Freude und Erfüllung und es ist schön, dass es Dir genauso geht.

Und als Dankeschön von Dir an uns dieser wundervolle Schal, wow, eine super Idee von Dir!! Vielen Dank, der ist wirklich toll. Ich will mir gerade einen Pulli aus hellgrünem Mohair für den Frühling stricken und das Muster wäre für einen passenden Schal einfach grandios. Ich lade mir die Anleitung gleich runter.

Schön, dass Du eine von uns bist und ich hoffe auf viele weitere Jahre mit Dir in dieser Blogwelt, liebe Grüße
Susanne

Life's a Stitch said...

Thank you. I will always remember one of my Dad's birthdays where he gave us gifts instead of the other way around.

Happy blogiversary.

Carrie K said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! The pattern is beautiful. Thank you!

Mrs Knitaddict said...

Gorgeous scarf!
Left me speechless... and ansious to make one for me too.
Happy Anniversary! and many more

Dolly

Margaret said...

Happy Blogiversary! The scarf is so pretty and such a lovely gift to us!

Mary said...

This scarf is beautiful!! Thanks so much for the pattern!

picperfic said...

such a beautiful scarf pattern Monika, so kind of you to produce it. Looks a bit cold there too!

Ina said...

Happy Blogoversary! Thank you for a beautiful pattern.

sweetfigs said...

Happy anniversary! I enjoy hearing about your knitting and your sweet Biko and Sam. And thanks for giving your readers such a beautiful scarf pattern.

Strickfimmel said...

Mensch Monika, sind es wirklich schon zwei Jahre??
Glückwunsch zum 2. Bloggeburtstag!
Hoffentlich bleibt uns Dein wundervoller Blog mit den vielen tollen Fotos und Geschichten noch lange erhalten. Ich glaube mir würde wirklich was fehlen, wenn er nicht mehr da wäre, auch wenn ich in den letzten Wochen nicht so die Zeit hatte, regelmäßig einen Kommentar abzugeben (Du weißt warum).
Und vielen vielen Dank für das superschöne Schalmuster. Ich hoffe, ich finde bald wieder Zeit für's regelmäßige Stricken, damit ich dieses tolle Muster nacharbeiten kann.

Hannahknits said...

Happy blogbirthday!!!

Sorry but I am a little bit behind with my blogreading.

Thank you very much for the pattern. It looks beautiful!

marianne said...

Wow! I cannot believe it has been a year since I won that beautiful sock yarn from sending my favorite quote. And (tail between legs) I have yet to knit with it. I am a terrible procrastinator! Happy Blogiversary and thank you for a wonderful knitting blog. Best, Marianne in California

N. Maria said...

Happy 'belated' blog anniversary!!
I love the scarf (thank you!) and would like to give it to my Aunt in Germany.
Maria
knackfulknitter(at)q.com

Violiknit said...

Wow!!! Happy blogiversary, and thank you for the gorgeous pattern! I love it!!!

GoldenTracks said...

Happy (belated) Blog Anniversary! I love the Grasshopper Scarf. I'll be queue'ing it soon!

iaia.imma said...

Happy blog anniversary !!!!
Its very very beautiful
Tanks