Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Scarf for Someone Special

Walking down the yarn aisles at Hobby Lobby is a bit overwhelming--but, in a good way.  As I'm perusing the various yarns, I can't help but want to put my fingers on every skein. I want to touch them.  I want to feel the differences between cotton and wool.  I want to cradle my face in the alpaca.  I want to wrap my fingers with the homespun.  I don't know much about fibers yet.  (Remember, I am just a beginner at this.)  However, for better or worsted, I'm newly dedicated to learning. At present, I mostly gravitate to yarns that are a color, a size, and a texture that I like.  I'm guessing those criteria probably don't change too much, whether you're a novice or an expert.  Perhaps the knowledge of those basic points of yarn desirability simply expand.  Regardless, it's where I'm starting off as a consumer.  Boy, do I want to consume, by the way.  I'm a yarnie.  (Like a foodie, but different.)  

Not to digress too far away from my purpose here, but I do want to share something that only a knitter or crocheter (is that correct?) could understand. My dear friend has said to me in one of our mid-morning conversations that all she can think about is yarn.  She is my inspiration for starting this knitting adventure and she definitely hit the nail on the head with the honesty of that statement. I, too, seem to think only of yarn these days, Brittany.  

 My second project as a knitter is a gray scarf, adorned with sequins.  It is unfinished as of yet, though it will be complete before the end of the week.  

On Brittany's recommendation, I decided to try Yarn Bee for this piece.  So, that was decided upon. It did, nevertheless, take me a spell of buzzing around before I brought myself to choose a skein.  Again, the possibilities were distractingly enchanting. 

I must say that I have been very pleased with the quality and the durable feel of the yarn, in spite of the softness inherent to it. The sequins are threaded into the yarn itself, though everyone who sees the scarf believes that I have added them by hand post-knitting. 

The knitting needles I used are single points, US size 10.  Most importantly, however, they are Lantern Moon needles!  This is my first time using this particular pair of Lantern Moons and I'm completely enamored with them.  The way the yarn slides effortlessly on and then off of the tips of these palmetto wood needles is so utterly....satisfying.  I can think of no better word to describe it.  

And, they are beautiful!  No?

The suggested size for the needle is US 9, but I've never been one to do as I'm told.  

On a side note, I didn't think that I would be a fan of acrylics, being that I have a deep affinity for natural fibers, but the acrylic-ness of this yarn didn't bother me.  It "feels" natural, which surprised me.  I didn't expect that.  

This is only my second official piece, so--as you can clearly see--it is subject to intense scrutiny and review before it is deemed worthy of sharing.  

So far, it seems to be satisfactory.  

I do have questions for those of you out there who are knowledgeable knitters.  How long should this scarf be, considering that the recipient is a small little lady (in every way)?  She's 5'2" and about 91 lbs.  I feel like 70" will be too long.  Any suggestions for me?  

Thanks and wish me luck on the final stages of this endeavor.  I will post pictures of it finished soon.  Hopefully, I can get a pic of her wearing it, too.  


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