Sunday, August 21, 2011

Supposedly....

... it's summer here.
Somehow it started out well this year with some lovely weather in early May but since then it's been pretty horrid. Don't get me wrong - I like the temperatures we're having - totally my comfort zone. I could just do with a little less rain... And it just feels wrong to get out the woolen blankets in August.

So. Summer knitting. Only one thing to do. Get yourself some Alpaca yarn (yes) and - yes - knit a scarf!

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This is actually a kit - yarn and 2 patterns to chose from. I know nearly unheard of for me. But back in February I was accidentally browsing the interwebs and might have found an email from The Loopy Ewe (usually a very bad and a very good thing in one) about their February Kit in my inbox. What can I say. I was smitten (with the scarf pattern). And felt that I needed a treat. So said kit made it's way over the big water to come and live with me.

The yarn is "The Alpaca Yarn Co. Paca-Peds H-T" (Rav link). My first time working with a sock yarn that has an alpaca content (20%). And the yarn is lovely. Would certainly use it again. Has a really nice hand. I'm afraid that despite the best efforts of the local weather, I can't say anything yet about how the yarn feels when worn next to the skin.

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The kit came with two patterns: a sock pattern (Frosted Fields Socks) and the "A breath of Fresh Air" Scarf. For me there was never any question - I had to have the scarf. Normally socks would always win over a scarf for me. And I might just knit myself a pair of Frosted Field Socks in the future, but I had to have that scarf in those colours.

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I've knit the scarf on 3.5mm needles - one size up from the recommended size but I wanted a slightly more open feel. And in retrospect, I'm even happier about that decision - because my only complaint about this pattern is that the scarf is quite "short". I could do with it being a bit longer... And no, there isn't all that much yarn left over, so "extending" the pattern is not really an option. There was enough yarn left over to pick up and immediately cast-off a row of stitches on the top edge - an idea I stole from somebody on Ravelry who I now promptly can't find anymore... And I agree with her - it "ties" in the colours even better. And for better or worse it also stabilizes the top edge and should stop it from growing. Which in this case I'd really like to happen. ;) Ah well. Can't have everything.
I blocked the scarf to measurements of 137 by 33 cm (45x13 inches) in its dry and relaxed state. A little shorter than I like my scarves, but still very wearable. Going on top of my autumn/winter scarf pile. The way things are going here, I'll be able to wear it rather soon.

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