Tuesday, January 4, 2011

the twist yarn tasting scarf

My sister and I went to The Twist Yarn Shop in Wichita, Ks for a 'yarn tasting' event. We both wanted to play with some different types of yarns without buying a skein of each. I ended up with anything that had wool in it because my sister is allergic to wool. Thanks, Kid-O!

I have decided, I have knitted the scarf from The Twist Yarn Shop yarn samples in their final form. I started with the Seafoam stitch in various yarn-over lengths. I had it all knitted up except for the tails woven end, but didn't like some of the yarn placement.

So I moved all of the Angoras to the ends. Angoras make me itch, so I wanted it as far away from my face as possible. I then separated the mint green from the turquoise with the darker green. They blended in together. The next move was the variegated brown in the center from where I had it, to where the colors flow better one from the other. Lastly because of the turquoise is a silk single I was afraid that it would not hold up in the lace Seafoam stitch pattern, so I went to the simplest stitch pattern in the world, the garter stitch.

As I looked at it, it was so 'Plain Jane' it needed something. So I went through the stash and found a skein of Bernat Satin Sport in beige to finish the edges with. I toyed with a more complicated border but in the end settled for a simple edge.

After all is said and done, I like the end product. It varies from 8 1/2" to 7" wide and is 50" unstreched(unstreched is not a word?), done in garter stitch on US #6 needles, cast-on was 36 stitches in a long tail cast-on, cast-off was your standard cast-off, and the edge was crocheted with a US 'D' hook using a single crochet.

Yarns used:
Bernat Satin Sport in beige for the edging, 100% acrylic (splits badly)[Oh, the shame of acrylic in the same garment with silk, alpaca, angora, and wool. I make a really bad yarn snob!]
Classic Elite Lush in Peach fuzz, 50% wool, 50% angora, two pieces 15 1/3 yds and 18 1/2 yds
Knit One, Crochet Too Ty-Dy in Berry, 100% cotton, 21 yds
Ella Rea Lace Merino in Mauve, 100% superwashed extra fine merino, two pieces 31 yds and 33 2/3 yds (knitting with merino is a dream)
Prism Saki in Cabernet, 80% merino, 20% nylon, two pieces 31 yds and 26 yds ( yum, another merino)
Mirasol Wach'i in bright red, 85% pima cotton, 15% silk, 17 yds
Araucania Chaiten in gold/sand, 100% silk 21 1/2 yds (a rough textured yarn)
Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Emerald 9 yds, Neptune blue 13 1/3 yds, Columbine 19 yds, 45 % wool, 35 % silk, 20 % nylon(a pleasure to knit with)
Fiesta La Luz in turquoise, 100% silk, 18 yds(this is a single and very fragile with a lot to shedding, pretty to look at though)
Louisa Harding Mulberry in Seafoam, 100% silk, 18 yds (of the silks this was the best to knit with and I wouldn't mind knitting with it more)
Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy in Navy Blue, 35% hemp, 41% cotton, 25% modal, 13 2/3 yds ( I would like to knit more with this one. They say it gets softer with each washing and doesn't mold because of the hemp. I can think of lots of uses!)
Classic Elite Fresco in Purple Haze, 60% wool, 30% baby alpaca, 10% angora, 2 pieces 17 yds and 22 1/2 yds (Not as itchy as the Lush but still itchy)

For a grand total of 350.5 yards of yarn from The Twist. I forgot to measure the Bernat for the edging. Oh well!

So there it is, an UFO, finished, and in the sleeve of my coat to keep my neck and face warm.

Have a good Day!


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