Knitting Group Wednesdays, A Manly Scarf?, and Wishlist Knitting Projects

Wednesday, January 6

Currently Listening to "Night Minds," Missy Higgins.

Yesterday was my sister Courtney's birthday.
Happy Birthday, Courtney!

Picture of Courtney
One of my favorite Courtney pictures...
hanging with goofy Abby last year

Knitting Group Wednesday
One of the reasons it was so easy for me to fall in love with knitting is the amazing knitting group I've been a part of since Summer 2008. The group varies in size, and while we have had a strange bird or two drift in and out of the group, the core five or six individuals that attend are amazing. Very diverse in ages, backgrounds, hometowns, knit skill level, and careers, the women (and one man!) who have kept the group alive make Wednesdays very easy for me to look forward to.

Plus, it doesn't hurt that the group meets at a fun wine/coffee bar in Downtown Raleigh, which (as of January 2nd!) is all now officially smoke-free!! Woo-hoo NC!!

I haven't been in a while, especially since I was tutoring till pretty late on Wednesday last semester, but I'm excited for a new start this year. Plus, I've got some new projects I'm thinking about and everyone in the group is SO helpful when you're struggling through a new project!!

Speaking of new projects...

Manly Scarf, anyone?

I would like to make a scarf for my boyfriend.

(Matt, if you're reading this, don't get excited. I haven't even started!)

Thing is, I've never knit a scarf for a guy. Come to think of it, I've never knit ANY guy things! So I was wondering...

Anyone have any ideas about or patterns for some simple man scarves?

I did see some man scarves I liked on Ravelry...

the Man's Lace Scarf by DoublePointed Designs
male scarf picture
Cool for the snowboarder on your list...

But I can just tell Matt wouldn't go for some of these. He's more of a traditional look. But it seems all the "man scarves" are just made really wide.

man scarf

Doesn't these seem a little wide?

man's scarf picture

And... except for this randomly freezing week and maybe one other week out of the year, we just don't need that kind of thing here in NC!

Matt has said before he would like a black scarf... but try as I have, I can't really think of a "manly" way to knit the thing. Wide seems silly, but too skinny and it'll look girly.

So... anyone? Ideas?

Other Projects:

Things I've found on Ravelry this week that I'd love to get started on...

1. The Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery

2. The Hoodie Baby Blanket by Nikol Lohr

Hoodie Baby Blanket

3. The Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin

market bag

How cute are those?!!? Can't wait to get started :)

Good thing I've got a good group to knitters that will help me get started on these :) First I'll have to organize my yarn stash... everyone was too good to me this Christmas!!

Next post: My January to-do recipes-- courtesy of some of the best bloggers around!

Your excited-for-New-Year's-Re-Do-Date,
enjoying-Tom's-Mexican-Soup, still-haven't-taken-down-the-tree,
Grandma-made-me-too-many-cookies, glad-to-be-blogging-again,
New Girl Blogger


thegamerswife on January 6, 2010 at 3:53 PM said...

Glad to see you back to blogging! I actually like the wide look of a scarf on a man!! But I don't think my husband would EVER wear a scarf for fear that he looked too feminine - oh well! I'm excited for all of your knitting projects!

Iva on January 6, 2010 at 3:57 PM said...

there you are!! YAY!!!! I love knitting!!

Kym on January 6, 2010 at 4:21 PM said...

yay you're back! (either that, or IVE been mia! haha)

the word man______ just makes me giggle... man purse, man scarf,.. etc. If i were to make a "man____" i would just make it one color though! otherwise it starts looking too... feminine. in my opinion anyway! hha! have a great rest of the week! :)

Fidgeting Gidget on January 6, 2010 at 4:36 PM said...

I love all of the projects you highlighted! Ravelry is so fun to browse. Here's a scarf pattern I like for is easily a unisex pattern, but I don't think it's too girly. Here's the link, and I made it, and it was really easy!

OceanDreams on January 6, 2010 at 5:08 PM said...

That looks like a lot of fun, great projects! I am currently learning crocheting and I am totally addicted!

Samantha on January 6, 2010 at 5:11 PM said...

I wish I could get my husband to wear a scarf, but he refuses! If he did, I would love to make him one!

Glad to see you back in the blogging world!! :) Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Donna-FFW on January 6, 2010 at 7:55 PM said...

Nice to see you back. Happy New Year to you.

Concord Carpenter on January 7, 2010 at 10:09 AM said...

I'm new to visiting your blog and like the way you see things. Keep up the good work - love the pics.

As the only guy, so far, commenting I would suggest using one color, fall colors and earth tones seem best for me. Wide is ok too.

Post when your done!!!!

Kim on January 7, 2010 at 3:17 PM said...

That ribbon lace scarf is pretty! I bought a gorgeous scarf when I vacationed in Georgia (country is much cooler than the state) that you'll love. I'll show you in like 11 months. :) And that baby hoodie is precious. They have this knitted socks here in the Talysh region (pretty much one of the only things I'll take back from this country). I have this knee high pair that keeps me warm. I never thought I would like them, but anything for warmth, haha.

I'm glad you're blogging again! Can you believe it's been a year since you started?!

Becca on January 7, 2010 at 4:24 PM said...

That bag is super cute..pretty colors too!

How cool that a man comes to your knitting group...I don't know of any men who know how to knit.

I wanted to let you know I tagged you on my blog at

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Iva on January 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM said...

ps thank you so much for your birthday wishes to me yesterday! I really appreciate it! Have a great weekend!!

sarah on January 9, 2010 at 3:06 AM said...


i have no idea why but you and your blog vanished off my blog roll. i only just realised now and put you back on... weiiiird.

i missed you

merry christmas
and happy new year x

Stephanie on January 10, 2010 at 11:21 PM said...

These are the two manly scarfs I have in my queue on Ravelry:

stephchows on January 11, 2010 at 3:34 PM said...

John wont let me make him a scarf LOL but I did crochet him a blanket! Don't you just love ravelry!!

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kimberly on August 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM said...

I consider this blog very interesting, most of all because i would like to lean kniting, i think is a good activity that i can practice in my free time. In fact now i will have a lot of free time for me, because i will get a house throw costa rica homes for sale and i really liked the style that i chose.

Sine on October 17, 2010 at 6:07 AM said...

I love the last man-scarf posted and would love to knit that one for my bf, but as I'm very new to knitting, I really need a pattern, or at least some guidelines.. Any ideas to where I can find a pattern for something like that?
Did you ever finish a scarf for your bf?

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