Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bon Ami Scarf

I finished my scarf and I'm naming it the Bon Ami scarf. Why? Well this is the scarf I made with the yarn Bonnie and I bought when she was visiting San Francisco. She finished her scarf recently (check it out - it is so cute!) and named it the friendship scarf. However she said she wasn't that happy with the name. So I thought about it some more and since her blog is "Tres Bon Babble" I came up with the Bon Ami scarf. Sort of a play on words. I'm thrilled with how it turned out. It is so soft and I'm happy to have an off white scarf since it's not a color I normally pick. I cast on 27 stitches, used a size 9 needle and knit in mistake rib until it was along as I wanted. Then I decided it needed a little somethin somethin on the end so I added a slight ruffle. I knit in to the front and back of each stitch doubling it to 54 stitches, knit one more row and then bound off. In the photo you'll see the cast on edge is still straight but I later went back and picked up stitches on that and added a similar ruffle.


I finished it last weekend when we went to Ojai for a horse show. We really got lucky. The weather here has been extremely rainy lately and I was worried that we'd have to drive down the 5.5 hours in pouring rain and then spend the horse show slogging through the mud and trying to hide under whatever cover we could find. But the heavens smiled on us. The weather was glorious on the drive down. Blue skies with rolling white cotton clouds. The drive is spectacular as you pass rolling green hills, golden fields of mustard flowers, horses, cows and ultimately find yourself driving along the ocean on the Santa Barbara coast. I wanted to stop every mile and take a photo (but I restrained myslef)!


We stayed at a cute place called the Blue Iguana Inn which has lizards and iguanas all over the place and is decorated in south western style. It was Mom, Horsey Girl, the Little Man and me. Hubby was in New York and Miss K was smart enough to find a friend to stay with for the weekend. We had a 2 bedroom unit with a cute little family room. It was great. Saturday night the Equestrian team all met for dinner and when we arrived we were shocked to seem them all sitting on the patio of the restaurant - in 35 degree weather! However there were some heaters, I went back to the car and got every jacket I could find and we ended up having a lovely dinner.
The horse show went well. Except for the fact Horsey Girl had to be there at 6 a.m. and it was only 30 degrees. By the time she had her first ride (around 9:30 a.m.) she was shaking so hard she couldn't stop. But by the end of the day she had earned enough points to go back for the regional finals at the end of March.

Now that my Bon Ami scarf is done I'm again working on my "re-do" scarf from the yarn I frogged in Oregon. I'm much happier with it this time.


















7 comments:

Bonnie D. said...

Love it!!! The scarf AND the name. You are so clever, mon amie!

km said...

Great scarf. And so glad you had a terrific weekend in Ojai. I totally keep forgetting to tell you that my 2 boys have take up horseback riding. Their instructor is great. 7 can saddle his own horse now...and 5 is still working on his windsor knot. We've got 8 more lessons to take us through the first week of May. I think it would be fun to continue with this... At this point, there's less mean kids than on the local soccer teams.

AlisonH said...

And what a gorgeous horse!

Jknits said...

That redo scarf is great - what a satisfying project. It's like reaching a whole new level of knitting. Glad to hear the weekend went well, although I'm shocked to hear the temp -- that's like New England!

smariek said...

Congrats to Horsey Girl on making it to the finals!

monica said...

How fun for you and Bonnie.

Congrats to the daugheter for making to the finals

Plumpy said...

Go mosey over to my blog I nominated you for a Kreativ Award!