Monday, February 18, 2008
Ahem. Good day. I was in the area, so I felt it my duty to introduce myself. I think in this kingdom I am known as The Queen's Forest. (What a pretentious mouthful! I assure you this is not of my own doing. )
A little about myself, you say? Well only a short while ago I was a respectable 81 inches long. And before I knew it a steam iron was put to me (I must not be considered good enough for a Eucalan soak! What impudence!) and now I am a vertiginous 90 inches. What was that foul person thinking?!?
I come from a long line of ancient peoples, known as Last Minute Knitted Gifts Chevron Scarves.
I am a distinctly new variety. Rather than superwash merino, I am made of a unique mixture of 80% alpaca and 20% merino wool. I am in no way concerned that my brethren prefer to be made of BMFA STR. No, I am not. I am a unique flower and damn proud of it. Oh, I am so soft to the touch and visually distinctive, I dare say my benefactress had it right in naming me. Yes, I think it only proper to concede this.
Marshmallow by Decadent Fibers
A sport weight loosely plied yarn made of 80% alpaca, 20 merino wool
Approximately 550 yards
The yarn was purchased at their booth at the New York Sheep & Wool festival. The yarn tags did not indicate colorways, but looking at their website, I am almost sure they are Salsa and Mesclun.
Because I purl much tighter than I knit, I experimented with needles sizes. I began using size US3 bamboo straights. With stockinette, this isn't much of a problem, but with the knitting through the front and back loop increases I found my tight purling made the knit side increases prohibitive. I finally settled on a US3 for the RS rows and a US5 for the purl side.
The pattern, as noted above, is from Joelle Hoverson's Last Minute Knitted Gifts.
I started the scarf on November 11, 2007 and finished on February 16, 2008. Although it got a bit touchy towards the end, the finished scarf is beautiful. I may even try to knit a pair of fingerless gloves with the leftover yarn. But not anytime soon, mind you. ;-)