It’s starting to warm up in PA but a part of me is not quite ready to give up Winter. I am not a fan of the bitterly cold temps or the snow but I love a good neck warmer. (This love is inspired by my friend Pam aka The Unconventional Librarian who rocks a scarf like nobody’s business). I am also looking for something to replace my favorite sweater. It has a huge hole in the left arm, a few in the back and while I am clinging to the idea that it looks hipster and boho, I am really looking a bit hippy and bummy (see what I did there?!).
So here are three neck warmers that I whipped up in the last week or so.
The Bee’s school was having a fund raiser and I wasn’t able to attend. I wanted to make a little something to donate and thought I would give Plymouth (1-Pack) Pasea Yarn 1012-1P a try. This yarn is soft and lush and quite luxurious to handle. While I have worked with wool blends before, the wool/alpaca blend was totally different. It was really fuzzy but not pilly like some other chunky yarns.
After a search on Ravelry I found a a pattern for a short row shawl/scarf. Once I got the pattern together it was fun and easy to work up. It brought to mind a pattern called WIngspan that a few knitting friends worked on.
With this pattern I learned how to work short rows and how to cast on during the middle of a project.
The final project: Ah-may-zing (well the actual words used were what a beautiful scarf).
The next project I worked up was with Lion Brand Yarn 821-189 Superwash Merino Cashmere Yarn, Wine. I had heard about this yarn from the Lion Brand podcast I used to listen to (aside, I miss that podcast!) and it was on sale so I had at it. I wanted to do something that was more airy.
Superwash Merino comes in skeins of about 40 ounces, roughly 87 yards which made me worry that I would start a project and run out of yarn before I finished. I did a Ravelry, Pinterest and Google search of triangle shawls and found this one by Acquanetta Ferguson.
When I worked it up, I used a K hook instead of the L hook the pattern called for so that may explain why the shawl does not drape like the one from the pattern. I do like the way it feels and I am liking it a bit more.
The last scarf I worked up was inspired by the Portfolio Scarf by Erika Flory. I have been trying to work up another Portfolio Scarf but just couldn’t work out the lace rows. I used Paton’s Classic Merino Wool Yarn-Harvest and size 11 needles to experiment with how the yarn would work up on larger needles. The scarf came out a bit thicker than I imagined. I wasn’t sure abut it until The Bee tried to claim it for her own so that meant something is wright with it.
My next project is to finish two hats I started and start adding items to the store.
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