Back at the start of the year I made a resolution. I made up a dozen bags of single skeins and useable oddments of yarn, and I vowed to use at least half of them before the end of the year.
I’m halfway to my target now!
I bought two skeins of Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in a sale quite some time ago: two lovely, and very similar colourways – Peacock and Spanish Moss. I knitted them together, to make a shawl. It was lovely, but I never wore it. And so I unripped it so that I could make something else, something that I would wear, winding the two strands together.
The length, the weight and the colourway all said scarf to me. It took some time to settle on a pattern: there doesn’t seem to be a lot out there to suit a smooth, high twist, gently variagated yarn.
In the end I settled on a slightly modified version of Misty Garden by Jo Sharp, a vintage Interweave pattern from z. I just changed the increases from ‘yarn over’ to ‘knit front and back’. The pattern was written for a very different yarn (with mohair) but with just one simple change it worked very well with what I had.
It was easy, undemanding knitting – just a four row repeat, on and on until all of the yarn was gone
Approximately 5 feet of scarf!
It’ s quite squishy at the moment, and I’ve wondered if I should block it to make something smoother and sleeker, but I probably won’t. I’ve tried stretching it a little, but widthways the waves flatten out and the pattern is lost, and lengthways the waves look lovely but the colours appear pooled.
And I like it is!
And – even better – my mother liked it! She was so much brighter today, sitting up with the other ladies in the lounge and taking more of an interest in things than she has for weeks. It may not last, but I’m going to appreciate her being so much more herself for as long as she is.
This particular scarf was going to be a present, but as I did’t have a recipient in mind, and as I rather like it, I’m going to hold on to it.
I’m not a shawl person, but I am a scarf person!
I have two hats in progress. One I love and one I’m less sure about …..