Friday, April 20, 2007

Pink scarf done

I've never blogged about the pink lace scarf, and for good reason. It was the first project I started when I picked up knitting again this year, and when I realized that if I wanted to make beautiful things I'd better get tools, yarn and patterns. When I subscribed to IK, I received a free pattern for an "Oren scarf", and I was so anxious to make something that I ran to the yarn store the next day and bought yarn and needles.

Unfortunately, while the pattern was interesting and the scarf was turning out soft and lacey and all, it wasn't exactly the most exciting knitting. I also hated working with the Kidsilk Haze; it is very thin and fluffy and kind of annoying. It didn't help that the Beast got into the yarn and chewed up part of one skein. In any case, "pink lace scarf" lingered at the end of my "on the needles" list for a long time.

The pattern called for 3 balls' worth of yarn. I've already sold two of the 3 on eBay, and if I could have frogged the mohair, I would have. As you cannot frog mohair very well, there was only one thing left to do. Put the scarf under the bed, for mindless evening knitting. And it got done. It is way shorter than the pattern writers envisioned, but it's long enough to wrap around my neck, make a pretty bow and hang a little bit. Any longer and it would have been a pain to wear and carry around.

The dog also approves of the result, especially since it matches his tongue:

Pattern: Oren Scarf from Interweave
Yarn: Rowan Kidsilk Haze, 1 skein, color "Fondant"
Needles: size 5 circulars (of course I use circulars)
Comments: It's a fluffy and pretty yarn that makes nice lacey knitting even from a simple pattern. After struggling to complete this scarf, it's kind of ironic that I almost ran out of yarn at the end!

I don't want to give the impression that this is a bad pattern. It's cleverly constructed, very well explained and the pattern is cute. I would say it's a great beginners' scarf.