Saturday, February 25, 2006

Two Scarves

These are the two scarves I knitted during the Velké Bílovice conference. Like the one I made for Štěpanka, they're done in garter stitch using one ball each of Eros yarn. Depending on how much time I spend sitting in one place, I can do one or two of these in a day. I think, however, that this is all the Eros yarn I have on hand. (No, there's still a ball of Eros Glitz.) I might have to turn to working on the sweater I started last summer, which requires actually paying attention to what I'm doing. I don't know. Practically everything else I do requires paying attention. The whole idea of easy scarves is to accomplish one thing while paying attention to something else.


Blogger Kristen said...

Glad I'm not the only one playing with strings and sticks... ;)

(I hear there's good yarn to be had in Prague.)

February 25, 2006 10:19 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

You hear more than I have. I haven't run across anything of interest yet, not that I've taken the trouble to really look.

I can tell you that Czech knitters are fascinated by the Eros yarn and don't seem to have seen anything like it before.

February 26, 2006 11:33 PM  
Blogger P'tit-Loup said...

I'm not sure I know what Eros yarn is. I am a sporadic knitter, and the last thing I started was a sweater, but then I can't find anymore of the yarn to finish it, so I think I will have to undo it and make a scarf with what I have! Scarves are fun because they are fast and can be pretty simple to make. I would have thought that there were tons of knitters in the Czech Republic, there sure were in Portugal when I lived there. Were folks excited about the Olympics and winning the bronze for Hockey?

February 27, 2006 6:05 AM  
Blogger Karla said...

Eros is a specific variety, I believe distributed by Plymouth (I think I have thrown out the labels). It's been massively popular among American knitters for the last few years because it comes in so many colors and quickly forms a very elegant, inexpensive scarf. Well, inexpensive if you only use one ball of the stuff--about $12.00. They make great gifts. The store I go to in California also displays lots of samples where it is used as a fringe on scarves made of other yarns, which can be very effective.

A lot of Czechs know how to knit, but it has not been my impression that knitting is currently especially popular here. Almost the only place I've seen yarn is at the discount department store Tesco, where the selection is very small. Czech friends who were in Pittsburgh on fellowships were amazed at the yarn selection there.

As for the Olympics, I confess I haven't talked to any Czechs about that, or really anyone else either since I never got around to turning on the TV and watching. My TV turns on via some sort of magic spell that I haven't really mastered.

February 27, 2006 11:59 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Eros is a type of yarn that is also known as railroad ribbon. I've seen some other brands floating around, but Eros tops all for color combinations in my list.

I had heard that lots of good German yarn makes it over to Prague. Perhaps that's outdated information. Anyway, I recently saw this as well, perhaps it'll help if you get a hankering for a hank:

February 27, 2006 9:48 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

Eros comes in a MILLION colors (not all available simultaneously). I just hope they don't discontinue any of them, as I tend to buy a few balls of different colors and then give away the results. Sooner or later I should keep a few.

February 28, 2006 9:16 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

I'm not much of a knitter but, inspired by you and Kristen, I recently tried to learn how. That prompted me to search for yarn stores, and I found a quite nice one on Karoliny Svetle, very close to Narodni Divadlo, that has much nicer yarn than in Tesco. It also has beautiful fabrics, and I have had to change my mind about the quality of textiles here as a result!

February 28, 2006 9:50 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

I'll have to look for this yarn store. Have you found any good online learn-to-knit diagrams? I told Megan I would teach her and could try teaching both of you, not that I am any expert.

March 01, 2006 9:10 AM  

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