I’m always fascinated by how stripes change on identical stitch counts. I guess Mom gets these since they’re a little short for me.
But hold the phone – when I said “They” I didn’t just mean the socks. The knitting on the Sandbank is D.O.N.E.
Since I finished two things, I decided I could start something else. I found a pattern that fascinated me (more later) and quite literally spent hours going through my stash trying to decide which yarn to knit it with. I finally decided on some beautifully colored yarn that’s been in my stash for maybe 10 years.
A word about this dyer – she used to vend at camp, and was very popular. I’ve knit with some of her stuff and been very happy, and I had one batch of yarn I was very unhappy with because it had what looked to be rust spots on it. I didn’t go back after her for it, because by that time she had flaked out and started taking people’s money without sending merchandise. I had to cancel a credit card because she kept charging me for a monthly sock club without sending the merchandise. She didn’t return phone calls or voice mails, but magically about a week after I turned her in to the BBB one of the three kits she owed me showed up in the mail.
Okay, that was more than a word.
Anyway, this yarn was bought before all that so I hoped it would be okay. It was a gorgeous skein of 50/50 Merino/Silk, that was supposed to be 600 yards.
TWENTY FIVE knots. And it wasn’t that she mechanically wound the yarn, many of them tied two completely different colors together. TWENTY FLIPPING FIVE. The yarn is now in the trash. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I haven’t worked up the umph to check the two other skeins in a different color that are in my stash.
So I called it a night last night and regrouped. This morning I got out some other yarn I bought from a camp vendor and wound it up. Lovely 600 yard skein with exactly ZERO knots. Aaah, that’s better.
This yarn is BaaBoo, a superwash Merino/bamboo/nylon blend from Hearthside Fibers.
As for the pattern, if you don’t know how to knit/purl onto left needle you need to learn before you tackle it. Not very fast knitting, but it’s a fun looking scarf. I may donate it to a particular charity if it comes out long enough. I twiddled the width of the scarf so it will come out longer than the pattern says but I’m not sure by how much.
OH! Speaking of charity, I mailed off 5,000+ yards of yarn last week to various people who knit for Wool-Aid. They were yarns I realized I’d never knit up myself, mostly bought when under the influence of yarn fumes and big discounts. It felt good to get them to someone who would put them to good use.