In the Pink
My mom has gotten spoiled to getting hand knit or hand woven gifts for Christmas. I really had no plans to knitting anything for anyone this year, but the woman is a genius when it comes to dropping the most gigantic hints. "I really want something fuschia." "I don't have any fuschia scarves." The woman gave me life! How can I refuse her a simple scarf?
Behold, the Opera Scarf knit from two hanks of Rowan Summer Tweed.
Two hanks of this yarn resulted in a scarf that is 5 1/2 inches wide and 68 inches long. I used a US size 11 needle.
Here's a detail shot to show you the stitches.
I love the pattern, the yarn, not so much. It is 70% silk and 30% cotton. I found it a bit unforgiving to work with -- no elasticity which I think is to be expected given the fiber content. Mom should be pleased with this scarf, and that is the ultimate goal anyway.
I recently purchased a wonderful book--The Knitter's Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn by Clara Parkes of Knitter's Review fame. I love the book. It's very informative about different fiber types and yarns, and it has some great patterns. In fact, I made the kitties some toys from patterns in this book--a knit octopus for Mocha and a knit fish for Socks. I'll get pictures of those later; these are Christmas gifts for the kitties.