So Easily Complicated

Never have I seen a pattern as easy as this one made so complicated as this one. The scarf is nice, though.

IMGP0272Sunday Scarf in Lion Brand Superwash Merino Cashmere, Charcoal

This was a commissioned knit that I took on first thing after my postpartum break from doing commission knitting. I thought it looked simple enough that my sleep deprived brain could handle it and I was anxious to get back in the saddle again. Boy, was I wrong. What should have been a simple pattern was excruciatingly complicated with an odd chart (instead of using symbols for the increases, decreases, and special stitches, there were color coordinated notes along the margins), a strangely worded written pattern, and a series of short rows that seemed superfluous.

That said, it was a nice knit after I figured out what it all meant. And the yarn more than made up for the irritating pattern. I am not a fan of Lion Brand, but this yarn went a long way in winning me over. Soft and drapey, I could feel every percent of the cashmere – all 13 of them! Not sure why it is marketed as an aran, though. It seemed much finer. I would have guessed DK.

It is a good thing that I am not much of a scarf person, or it would be hard to send this one away. As it is, I hope that it gets some good use this winter.

Here it is modeled by The Dancing Queen.

IMGP0275So, a less than stellar pattern saved by a surprisingly good yarn. Who says scarf knitting is boring?

I Can Take a Hint

When your daughter rigs your yarn cabinet to drop that yarn that you promised to make into a hood for her right on your head, it is time to fulfill that promise. So this is what I was doing this weekend.

Some time near the dawning of this knitting obsession of mine, I ordered 5 balls of Knit Picks Suri Dream to make a baby sweater for a friend. You read that right. I ordered FIVE balls for a newborn sweater. I had never heard of Malabrigo or Madelinetosh or anything other than what was available at Joann’s Craft Store. Knit Picks was my first mail order yarn experience and I fell in love with the furry softness of Suri Dream right off (it is purple, after all). I am sure that you know how the story goes. The baby sweater used less than one ball, so I made a coccoon for that same baby (to match the sweater of course), and still had over two balls left.

Not too many months passed before The Bookworm asked me for a scarf. Out came the Suri Dream and the big needles and I very smartly whipped out a luscious, fuzzy, purple, garter stitch scarf.

Now a few years later, that last ball of Suri Dream was still taking up space in the stash. I hate that yarn now that I have tasted of finer yarns, and it’s fuzziness (which I once thought of as charming and luxurious) drives me absolutely batty.

Inspiration struck me a few weeks ago when The Bookworm complained of cold ears while she rode her bike. Her scarf needs a hood. I have more of that yarn. If I were to make a hood for that scarf it would use up all of the Suri Dream and I would never have to knit with it again. I got a little excited about this idea and I told The Bookworm of my plans. She approved and it went in my mental queue.

Alas for the poor hood-to-be, I am about as fickle a knitter as any you’re likely to meet, and I promptly forgot about this idea as I moved on to other things.

Enter the yarn cabinet booby-trap that changed the course of my knitting (for this weekend, anyway). So, like a good mother/knitter, I am doing what I said I would. I am slogging on with this horrible furry yarn out of sincere love for my eldest daughter. But I have learned one thing.

I need to stop telling the kids what I am going to knit for them next. That and to watch for falling yarn when opening up the stash cabinet.