Thursday, October 05, 2006

Feeling ruffly

Today is the first grey, rainy day of Northern California's fall season, and after I waved Caroline and Roger off to school, I decided to pour myself an extra cup of coffee and treat myself to an episode of Monarch of the Glen. (Thanks to Netflix, I can indulge my enjoyment of BBC television series I didn't see when they aired here by starting with Episode 1 and working my way through. I'm still in the first season of Monarch of the Glen but I adore it.)

And because it was so cozy, with the rain pattering outside and Gemma snoring at my feet, I pulled out my knitting basket and resumed work on a project I started last spring. It's a simple scarf, just rows of stockinette stitch, with a diagonal ruffle at one end.

I don't know what it is about knitted ruffles that appeal to me. I'm not a ruffly sort of person, otherwise, but knitted ruffles are so soft and unexpected that I'm entranced by them.

And apparently I'm not the only one. There's a lot of great ruffly knitted items to be found on the internet.

Look at this beautiful edge! Wouldn't this be great on any sweater? Here's how to do it.

I'm quite enamored of this ruffly spiral scarf, too, and will have to try it one of these days, too.

I saw this "tuxedo pillow" shown on Knitty Gritty (a DIY network show) and am thinking this could look good (in brown and turquoise) on the new brown suedey-looking couch we've ordered. Plus, it just looks fun and easy to knit (and no worries about fitting problems)!

And if you want to keep knitting ruffles? Well, there's this wrap:

And this very ruffly scarf:

And who could resist this hat? I don't know anyone (kids included) who'd wear this right now, but it's so dang cute! Maybe it'd be worth knitting for the fun of it, and then I'm ready to go if a baby girl needs a present?

But that's not all. I found some patterns for bags with ruffled edges here and here.

Of course, now I have to get back to business and get some laundry in and make a bunch of phone calls and then do some actual work.

But you all? Let the ruffling begin.


  1. All this time I've resisted learning to knit. You're tempting me!

  2. I am not a person to wear ruffles either LOL, but I would wear a sweater with that on the bottom... looked nice... now I love to make pillowcases and put really full 4" wide ruffles on them... Just love the way they soften the look of the bed :O)...

  3. South Bay even got a dumping Sunday. It was SO unexpected! Had to run out and gather 2 loads of wash off the line, lol.

    Knitting is another new passion for me two, I am beginning to think I'm just hopeless with anything that involves fiber in any fashion. I'm not advanced enough for ruffles, but I'd put them on the top of a sock for a giggle or two.

  4. Anonymous8:43 AM

    We love the "very rufly scarf." It's really beautiful.