This past weekend witnessed continued high levels of scarfing. I haven’t even started a Red Scarf yet, but my Will To Scarf is intense. I have no fear that once the teachers are all accounted for, the Red Scarf Project will get its due. I am strong for it.
When one is making an Attractive Neckwear Item in a very public way, people have Questions. They would like to know about the yarn, the source of the yarn, the fiber of the yarn, the gauge of the yarn, and also, WHAT IS THE FREAKIN’ YARN?
The short answer to this question is: whatever I’ve got laying around. Scarves are the perfect vehicle for those one-ball indiscretions, the binge purchases of what Weight WatchersTM would call a ‘Trigger Food’ (i.e., Noro Silk Garden aka “I’m allergic to it and I don’t care”). Scarves are also good for sweater leftovers and workhorse yarns that are kind of boring so you want them to go away. Begone, brown heather Brown Sheep! Get out there and be a scarf, willya?
I shall tell all. I live to help others.
If this one looks familiar, it’s because it’s another Midwest Moonlight in Hand Maiden Sea Silk. Yes, I knit this one right after I finished the first one, and I didn’t say a word about it. Can’t help myself. Every night I say a little prayer: Deliver us from Sea Silk. I have one more skein from my Sea Silk bender a couple months ago, and I’m not promising I’ll switch the pattern for it. Midwest Moonlight is really good for the Sea Silk. Carol wears a lot of dark colors so I think this indigo hand-dye is perfect for her. (I adore the flashes of greeny-yellow that are the signature of home-dyed indigo. The color of a bad bruise, this yarn. But beautiful.)
The Jo-Ann began with a One-Ball Indiscretion. Something I had absolutely no plausible need or even use for, but could not leave on the shelf. Usually a One-Ball Indiscretion is something rare, fine, and/or shiny, and for me (let’s review), something that I’m allergic to.
In this case, Buckwheat Bridge. Hand-dyed. 80 percent American kid mohair and 20 percent Cormo wool. The yarn comes from animals raised by the makers, and if I’m not mistaken, the shades are named after the individual goats and sheep (aw!). (My shade is called ‘Uvalde’. Hi, Uvalde! You little crazy-eyed sweetie!) The depth of color is incredible, and the yarn shines without any of that vulgar sparkling of which I have spoken. Eagle-Eye Rita had it at Downtown Yarns. It’s special. (The price is a bit special, too, but little Uvalde’s got to eat!)
I wanted to fluff up this nearly-laceweight yarn, so I carried along a strand of rose-colored Rowan Kid Silk Haze that was sticking out of a plastic bag under my nightstand. (For a really long time, which makes it free.) After washing the finished scarf, I realized that Rita was right: the Buckwheat Bridge blooms. No need to fuzz the lily. Still, I like the haze of the KSH. After knitting the scarf, I also used the Kid Silk Haze to work a cro-Kay edging (pick up 2 stitches, *BO 1, pick up 1 st, repeat from * until you’re done, or if you’re clever, just crochet it like a normal person). I did this on all four sides, but it doesn’t really show. Although the edging is invisible, it makes the scarf look more finished and tailored. This one is for Joseph’s teacher Jo-Ann. Jo-Ann always wears a shawl on Old-Fashioned School Day. Obviously she is a candidate for something lacy.
The pattern is good old Barbara Walker, Volume 1, Feather & Fan. 36 stitches. Just do as Barbara says, until you’re out of yarn. Feather & Fan is one of the ur-patterns of our people. Once started, the fingers do it all by themselves.
For the Manly Scarf, I will admit that I used the same stitch pattern as we used for the Baby Genius Burp Cloths. I don’t think that’s a reference to the youth of Joseph’s other teacher, Eric, but I can’t be entirely sure. A great thing about this simple stitch pattern is that it’s reversible. The vertical ridges are formed by slipping a stitch on the RS rows, and purling it on the WS rows. The slipped stitch floats on top of the garter stitch background on the RS, and it’s invisible on the WS. Reversibility is a plus in scarves. Not a necessity, but a nice touch.
The colorful stripes of the Manly Scarf are in Noro Silk Garden. The drab background yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in a brown heather shade, which allows the knitter to rationalize that this is an Econo-Knit. You could make a perfectly long-enough scarf from one skein of each yarn, but I am using 2 skeins of Noro and a skein and a half of the Brown Sheep, because I want the scarf to loop around the neck and still have long ends a-flying in an ironic collegiate/prepster style (no, I absolutely am NOT thinking about this too much). I really like the way the Silk Garden’s purples and greens get toned down by the Lamb’s Pride.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a My So-Called Scarf on the needles. I bless the day Stacey shared this pattern. The most fascinating woven stitch ever, and it works perfectly with the shifting shades of a kettle-dyed yarn like Sheep Shop Yarn Company.
I am changing colors on the purl rows, which I think makes the striping less distinct (but it might not). This one is for Betty, the science teacher for grades K-2. We heart Betty so much in this household that one of us signed up to be Science Mom last year even though the rules prohibited one from being Science Mom for one’s own child’s class. I just wanted to hang out with Betty, the K-2 Whisperer, and if I had to haul a backpack loaded with spoons and clipboards to Central Park every week to get my Betty time, so be it. After second grade, you graduate to a different science teacher, who is scarfworthy, I’m sure, in her own right. Since we are on our last second grader, though, it is time to scarf up Betty.
Believe it or not, I’ve got even more stuff on the needles. Maybe it was the full moon, but I’ve been very casty-onny lately. Even for me. It’s not a disorder if you’re enjoying yourself. Is it?
In this weakened state, I really didn’t need to see this now! I love just about anything that is inspired by an airstream trailer. But this one is based on squares, and has a Silk Garden version that stripes diagonally. Must to knit!