Labour of love

Craft | Wednesday September 2 2009 | 10:53 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the Dr Who Tom Baker scarf I knitted for Caveman.  We met 2 years ago next month and I knitted it for our first Christmas together.  As you can imagine from the timescales of October to Christmas I started knitting it pretty soon after we met to get it finished in time!  In hindsight that was a pretty tall order and perhaps just a bit presumptuous in a new relationship!  But here we are still so I can tell the story with a smile!

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Anyway, I wanted to share the pattern I developed for the scarf.  Caveman is a massive fan of Dr Who and Tom Baker was his favourite.  I did lots and lots of research, looking at pictures, colours, film etc and developed this pattern.  I used Sirdar Country Style yarn which I have found in the past to be a very standard double knit and stable and easy to knit with, using 4mm needles.  I also have a very standard and even tension, which does help.

Here are the colours and rows you will need to knit.  (Note that the inch / cm measurements vary slightly from each other just because of rounding)

frou-frou’s Tom Baker Dr Who Scarf

Width 11inches / 28cm

CO 50 stitches Knit every row

4mm needles

Shade

Rows

inches

cm

Purple 8 1 2.5
Camel 52 8.25 22
Bronze 10 3 7.5
Mustard 10 2 5
Rust 20 3.5 9
Purple 8 1.5 3.5
Olive 20 3.5 9
Mustard 8 1.5 3.5
Camel 32 5.75 14
Rust 16 3 7.5
Bronze 8 2 5
Purple 12 2 5
Olive 42 7 18
Mustard 10 1.75 4
Blue grey 18 3 7.5
Rust 10 1.75 4
Camel 54 9 23
Purple 10 1.75 4
Olive 22 3.5 9
Blue grey 14 2.5 6
Mustard 8 1.5 3.5
Rust 20 3.25 8
Purple 8 1.5 3.5
Bronze 40 6 15
Camel 12 2 5
Blue grey 8 1.5 3.5
Rust 42 6.5 16.5
Mustard 16 2.75 7
Olive 20 3.5 9
Purple 8 1.25 3
Camel 44 7 18
Bronze 12 1.75 4
Blue grey 22 3.5 9
Rust 8 1 2.5
Purple 14 2 5
Camel 8 1.25 3
Mustard 16 2.75 6.5
Olive 56 10.25 26
Rust 16 3 7.5
Blue grey 14 2.5 6
Mustard 10 1.5 3.5
Bronze 20 3.25 8
Purple 10 1.75 4
Camel 12 1.75 4
Green grey 36 5.25 13
Rust 8 1 2.5
Mustard 12 1.5 3.5
TOTALS 884rows 148inches 369cm

Changing colour every few rows became a bit of a pain at times so I’d recommend you sew in ends as you go along.  Needless to say I didn’t!!

dr-who-scarf-middleWhen all the knitting is done make tassels in each shade to finish about 6inches long each.

I have tried to find the ball bands from the yarn I used to give details of shades but just can’t track them down, although I am sure I kept them.  If they turn up I will blog details.  I’ve given the rough type of colour above and the pictures may help.

 

 

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My final tip: if you are knitting this in secret for your beloved find a good excuse for the amount of time you will need to spend at home knitting.  They may become suspicious if you say you spent the evening knitting and have nothing to show for it until you present them with the fruits of your labour.

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And is there honey still for tea?

Tea | Friday August 7 2009 | 9:08 pm | No Comments | Tags: , , |

I’ve been to the most beautiful tea shop imaginable this week.  Caveman and I spent a few days in Cambridgeshire and I was desperate to go to the Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester.  As a fan of Rupert Brooke and tea it was a joy!  Beautiful location, fascinating history, yummy cream tea, swarms of wasps… oh yes wait, that ain’t so good but the wasps are another story entirely! 

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The Orchard also has the Rupert Brooke Museum with lots of mementos, cuttings and pictures of him and those around him, particularly from his time in Grantchester.  Although small, there is lots of information there, including his death in Greece.

And then there was the tea!  I have to admit I was rather influenced by the romance and history of the place so they could have served me tepid, dirty water and a rock and I would have been happy.  Despite that I can honestly say the cream tea was delicious.  Massive homemade scones, a big pot of tea, real butter and strawberry jam.  Ok, so I didn’t have honey but that’s a minor detail.  Until I have the chance to return, I shall dream happy dreams about Grantchester; unforgettable, unforgotten.

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