Green with Envy and Poison Ivy

I finished my Green with Envy scarf. This scarf was fun and quick to knit! It was simple enough that I could watch my Phillies play baseball without having to look down too often. Yet, the yarns were fun to knit together. They played well off one another. I should admit that two weeks ago, I had no plans to knit a scarf. While digging through my yarn stash, I came across three yarns that begged to be knit together. Since I was in need of a simple baseball project, I cast on. This scarf is what came to be.


The specs: No design
Stitch pattern: Quadruple Moss Stitch (basically an elongated Double Moss Stitch)
Yarns used:

From Left to Right: First, 100% rayon in purples, blues and greens. Tag lost on this yarn, but assume it is from A Touch of Twist where I have purchased all of my rayon yarn. Second, Sinflex by London yarns in green. Third, Clip (100% cotton) by Klaus Koch in Lime Green.
Needles used: 10.5 USA

I honestly have no aspirations for this scarf. I will probably just throw it into my Christmas cabinet and stow it there until the holidays. The most likely recipient is my cousin, since green is her favorite color. Plus, she looks fantastic in green (I suppose the two have something to do with one another). I gravitate towards blue for the very same reasons.

To explain my title of this post, the season for poison ivy has begun. Ask me how I know.

Well, since you asked, I was grooming Jake last night and not but five minutes later, my left elbow was itching like crazy and had broken out in the tell-tale bumps associated with poison ivy. I should be grateful for the fact that I only break out on my left elbow. And I am. Around mid-June, the gratitude starts to falter and the bitterness creeps in. I know I won’t get relief until late-September when the leaves have fallen off the plants and they have slipped into dormancy.

I have tried everything to avoid it. I can spot the plant several yards out and detour around it. I have tried using a lotion that is supposed to reduce or eliminate an outbreak before I even come in contact with the plant. I use Caladryl lotion to keep me from scratching and in turn reduce the spreading. Yet, the problem isn’t me coming in contact with the plant. The problem is my darling Jake. He gets the plant oils on him and during normal petting or grooming, he lovingly transfers the oils to me. Short of training Jake to avoid poison ivy (and I wouldn’t even know how to go about that), I don’t know what to do.

Well, I will leave you on a happier note. Another picture of my green scarf:


9 thoughts on “Green with Envy and Poison Ivy

  1. The scarf is fantastic! Lucky girl who will get that. It’s very fun to combine yarns and create a new yarn all your own! The poison ivy on dog fur is a problem. Just wash your hands everytime you pet/brush him and that might help. Hard to remember to do I know.

  2. OOOO, Marie! That scarf is scrumptious!!! You have such a great creative mind to put those three together and come up with a fantastic look. Someone will be very blessed this holiday season!
    Bummer to hear about the poison ivy tho. I have never been in contact with it, but it does not sound like one bit of fun. :( Hang in there!

  3. Love the scarf, but you knew I would, as I have the moss on the trail scarf, No calamine needed for that one.
    The felted clogs are knit on circulars, very easy, there is a lot of counting, after you get started I didn’t count as much, you can tell where the decreases should be. They are fun, I can scan the pattern and send it to you if you want.

  4. Very pretty scarf! Good job on putting all those yarns together! Green is my favourite colour too.

    Sorry to hear about the poison ivy. It does sound incredibly unpleasant. =(

  5. How nice, I love the scarf.
    My husband gets poison ivy but over the years he reacts less to it. There isn;t much around ehre but the cabin has lots and in our efforts to abate it he got a few exposures. The rest of us are not allergic than goodness. Even my allergic kid Mike! Go figure. I wish there was some advice to offer about Jake. What a quandary.

  6. The scarf turned out great. Seems like a serendipitous moment when you put those yarns together. And it is nice to have some knitting stashed away for gifts, too!

    Poison ivy is awful! It seems that once you get it you are more likely to get it again. One would think it would do the opposite, sort of desensitize the victim. But I haven’t found that to be the case. I guess Jake can’t learn the old scout motto, “Leaves of three, let it be.”

  7. Ew. I’ve never had to deal with that – I hope you get over it quickly! The scarf looks great – you’re right about the colors!!

    And while I’m not a huge baseball fan – the mass of scarves and dishcloths is.. hockey playoffs :D

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