I started this post 20 minutes ago and sat here with a blank screen, hands on the keyboard while I stared at the TV – Food Network was on and I got completely distracted by it. We are huge Food Network fans, and I like most of the shows. But they always make me hungry and now I really want to go make Lemon Tea Cakes (I’m not a huge fan of Sandra Lee, but the cakes look so good!). Ahem…sorry…back to knitting…
I finished something last weekend – finally!
Isn’t that nice? Can’t you just see how soft and fluffy it is?
Cashmere and silk…how can you go wrong? This was amazing yarn – it was so soft, and I enjoyed every bit of knitting with it. It was a little fluffy – sort of like Kidsilk Haze so I don’t think it would be good for something that requires a huge amount of stitch definition, but it was great for this type of pattern. My mother asked me to knit a scarf for her friend – the friend had knit my Mom a scarf, and Mom wanted to give her something special back. My Mom can’t knit lace anymore due to vision limitations, so I was happy to help. We went to her LYS when I visited her in February and she picked out the yarn – the minute we felt it we knew it was the perfect yarn for a special gift!
I blocked the scarf after I finished it, and it really blocked well. It completely made the scarf, I think – it looked so much nicer when it was blocked out and the yarn handled it well. It became very airy and light – and the cashmere/silk blend is so soft .
I really liked the pattern – very very easy to knit, and was great commute knitting. I think you could use any type of yarn for this – the cashmere was laceweight, but I think fingering weight would work as well. But I do think a solid/semi-solid colorway would be best – its not an obvious pattern so having varigation in the yarn would completely hide it. This is a great scarf for a single skein of special yarn (like cashmere/silk!) – it only calls for 227 yards but since its a scarf, you could make it however long you want. I didn’t think my mother’s friend would want a super long scarf so didn’t use all of the 330 yards that were in the ball that I was using (and to be honest, I was ready to be done with this project so I kept on trying it on and the minute I thought it was long enough it was done!).
The pattern calls for beads on the ends of the scarf – just a single row as an accent. I like that, and thought it added a little something. But I wish I hadn’t used the beads I did – I just used a clear bead because its what I had around the house. If I made this again, I’d probably buy beads that blend in a little better – the clear just sort of were fake plastic looking. I think a darker blue would have been nice. But I’m trying to use what I have and not buy stuff for every project, so I was happy to at least have done that.
So there you go – another successful knit. I love the yarn and I’m so glad my mother bought me a second ball to pay me for knitting this for her to give her friend. I have to recommend the pattern as well – simple and easy, but I think it really comes out well and is a great pattern to use for a small skein of special yarn.
I hate to say this because my last three posts have said this – but I’m almost done with Artemis – I just have 6 rows to go. I had to modify the pattern a little – I am running out of yarn and couldn’t do the last bit of the second chart so I’m going just do the final chart (with a little tweaking to make it work). I contacted Valerie, the designer, to see if she had run out of yarn – she didn’t and had yarn left over so I think I must be knitting it at a different gauge or something. I never do gauge swatches for shawls – but perhaps I should really consider that! I hate the feeling of running out of yarn – I stop at the end of every row and look at the ball of yarn and try to figure out if I have enough. Valerie did offer to dye me some more of this colorway so we’ll see – if I can’t get the 6 rows done I may consider that. Anyway – I can’t wait to show you the shawl because its very pretty – and the yarn – so nice!
Its been a busy week here – and yet I can’t really say why – don’t you hate weeks like that? I’m very glad its the weekend – no major plans other than walking the dogs, maybe a movie. Its been so hot here and muggy that I’m not too motivated to spend a lot of time outside – but maybe tomorrow I’ll hang out by the pool and knit in the shade!
Have a great weekend!