Orange Hawkweed

Orange hawkweed

Orange hawkweed

Orange hawkweed is a member of the sunflower family.  It is also known as the devil’s paintbrush, orange paintbrush and the red daisy.

It is an aggressive flower that can grow in many places.  In Minnesota, it is listed as a noxious weed.

I see this flower in parks, in open fields, on the hillside, and next to the roadways.  Luckily, it has not yet found my garden.

Bowling Ball Garden

Bowling Ball

Bowling Ball

Just when I thought I had seen everything, I turned the corner and there was a bowling ball garden.

Bowling Ball

Bowling Ball

I’m so glad I had my camera with me.

Bowling Ball Garden

Bowling Ball Garden

There was no one around when I discovered this garden, so for now, the reason for making a bowling ball garden remains a mystery.

Basket Weave Scarf

Basket Weave Scarf

Basket Weave Scarf

This week, I started to knit a scarf with a basket weave design.  I really like using the basket weave pattern because it is easy to knit and it looks the same on both sides of the garment.

I have made several basket weave scarves over the years and I am always pleased with the results.

I like the classic look of this design and its versatility.  The color and type of yarn can be changed to make scarves that will be loved by men, women, and children.

Here is my pattern:

  • Cast on the required number of stitches for the width for the scarf.
  • Knit eight rows.
  • For the edges, I keep four stitches on each side of the scarf as knit stitches.
  • Follow the Basket Weave Pattern until the scarf is the desired length.

Basket Weave Pattern

Row 1-6:  Knit 6, Purl 6

Row 7-8:  Knit

Row 9-14:  Purl 6, Knit 6

Row 15-16:  Knit

  • Finish with a Row 6 or 14.
  • Knit eight rows and then bind off the scarf.
  • Enjoy your basket weave scarf   :)