Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Holiday Knitting Part 2 - Fine Scarves.

For our first post featuring scarves, we're highlighting those knit in laceweight or fingering-weight yarn, resulting in a fine fabric...and a lovely gift.

First, Kozue . You might remember this from a few months back when I asked for input about which yarn to use (and then on facebook about which color). Well, I've been busy knitting other things and haven't gotten around to this; turns out this is one time my procrastination has paid off. We now have Malabrigo's Silkpaca laceweight (a plied 70% baby alpaca/30% silk blend with 420 yards per skein).
See what I mean? I'm glad I waited!

Second, another pattern from Assemblage called Hakusa
For most of the pattern, you hold a strand of Habu Merino together with a strand of Habu Silk Stainless; the border is the Silk Stainless by itself. The photo shown on the pattern (and most of the projects on Ravelry) are monochromatic; Kathy knit a sample and used gray and a pale purple. We really like mixing the colors for a tweedy look over the body of the scarf and a defined contrast for the border.

...and finally, we can't resist including the Linen Stitch Scarf . Our latest shipment of Claudia Handpaints Fingering offers up plenty of colorways. Here are a few to get you thinking about fall/winter neutral combinations - with just a pop of purple or blue perhaps?
the pattern calls for three different skeins...which ones would you choose?
In our next installment, we'll offer suggestions for cowls in three different weights - fingering, worsted and chunky...you can choose the project to match the amount of time you have to spend.

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