It was almost one year ago that I finished the Easy Street Pullover in Malabrigo, and I finally got around to use some of the leftover yarn from that garment to cast on for a simple scarf. I took the ball of yarn with me to San Francisco and started working on Yarn Abuse’s slip-stitch pattern on the airplane. So simple yet very striking in the lovely indigo colorway. I continued to work on it while I was in my conference sessions, and on the plane ride home. After sitting for a short spell while I caught up on garment work, I quickly finished it and paired it with the lovely handcrafted wooden pin that I got at River John Needles in Nova Scotia.
I wish I had had the foresight to pick up more than one of these pins. The simple design and neutral color would have matched a number of different shawls and wraps, and it would have made a wonderful gift. I did, however, pick up three sets of handcrafted needles – two sets of double points and one set of straights. They are all so smooth and beautifully done in birch wood. The woman working at Lismore Sheep Farm that day told us that it was her husband who was in charge of the sanding process on the needles, so she knows that they are extraordinarily smooth.
So… you wanna try some of the River John needles for yourself? I have a size US 10 1/2 (7mm) set of double pointed needles to give away – perfect for winter hats or cowls. To sweeten the pot, I will throw in the one remaining skein of this lovely Malabrigo worsted colorway, perfect for any number of small projects – scarves, hats, cowls, or a small purse. If you are interested, please leave a comment! I will pick a name at random and announce it during the next post!