"My So Called Scarf"
Pattern: Sheep in the City adaptation
Yarn: Malabrigo Wool in "Forest" colorway (approximately 1.25 skeins)
Source: Kaleidoscope Yarns (online order)
Needles: Size US 10.5 Clover bamboo
There have been several versions of this scarf, and each time I see it, I marvel at the texture and the way that it brings out beautiful variegated yarn. The herringbone stitch is only on one side, and the other side has purl bumps, like reverse stockinette. I did a regular cast-on (long tail) and my standard crochet bind off. I did not feel the need to do a fancy bind off, as the one I did worked well with the pattern.
I chose this simple yet elegant pattern for my pal in the International Scarf Exchange. I sure hope she likes it as much as I do! The Malabrigo was near perfection – and I am not being overdramatic! It is the softest of the all of the kettle-dyed Uruguayan wools – not scratchy at all, and very comfortable to wear around the neck. The colors were so saturated and beautiful. My pal identified her favorite colors as blue and green, and from the online picture on Kaleidoscope, this yarn looked like the perfect match. When I received it though, I found it to be much heavier on the green, but I think she will still like it.
My pal noted that she liked medium-sized scarves, and since this is basically a relative size, I chose to make the scarf about 6 feet long, enough to wrap around once, maybe twice, and have enough drape. I had plenty of leftover yarn from the second ball: enough for matching wristlets or a headband.
This was also my first time knitting for a swap, and I was a little nervous. I hope that all my ends stay woven in, and that it does not curl! Scarf exchanges seem to be a good match for me, they are easier to "fit" – I have never tried a sock exchange, but I would just be too nervous! I would constantly worry that my pal's socks would not fit. And I would worry that the person knitting my socks would be cursing me because of my big long feet!
I mailed this scarf and a few other goodies off to Canada this morning – my pal lives in Ontario, and she is cold right now with all of the recent snowfall! I hope this scarf warms her up
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