Back in January, I mentioned starting the Hollygrove scarf in the lovely Fiesta Ballet yarn. Well, yesterday I did just that and after wrangling with it for awhile – trying to add extra stitches to the pattern to make the scarf a bit wider, trying to work through the first rows of the scarf, putting it down, making tea, trying a few more rows, I realized that this yarn does not go with this pattern.
This happens all the time to knitters. I think only the really experienced knitters always get the yarn-pattern match just right the first time. It’s apparently not my luck today.
The yarn is lovely and the pattern is delightful. I know the pattern says gauge isn’t too important in this project, but it comes down to personal preference too. I like a scarf that’s a little wider than it was turning out to be.
So, I frogged it and started another Palindrome scarf with the yarn. I can add more stitch repeats to make it a little wider to accommodate the drawing in that’s inherent in cables and ribbing. Plus, I’ve done a scarf like this in Fiesta Ballet already, so I know it will work and there is some comfort in knowing the hand knit item will turn into something you love.
To work something new, however, I have to say that the Ribs and Cables scarf is coming along nicely.
This will meet the Loopy Ewe first quarter of 2011 challenge – knit something new with cables.
It also means I’m keeping to my rule – scarves should be reversible. It just doesn’t make sense to have a scarf that’s only pretty on one side. It’s just too hard to wrap it successfully (after a glass of wine or two) and I just don’t need the further complication in my life. Clothes, especially accessories intended to keep a person warm, should be easy and comfortable. That’s my rule and I’m sticking to it!
The weather the past few days has been well above freezing – into the 50s if you can believe it. The kitties have enjoyed the heck out of the fresh breeze through a few (not many) open windows and doors.
More cold weather coming later today with blizzard (BLIZZARD!) warnings for the mountain areas just to the west of us. Nice little break.