Happy New Year! A few months ago I sent an e-mail to family asking if there was anything that they would like for me to sew or knit for them this year. I didn't get much of a repsonse, which is not to say that my family does not appreciate me making things for them. Instead, I take it to mean that I have made so many things for them in the past that they can't think of anything else!
Case in point, here is my conversation with David while I was at Rhinebeck (NY Sheep & Wool Festival) in October.
After talking to David's brother, Vince, however, we discovered that Vince would like a scarf, particularly a scarf to match a plaid jacket that he liked but wasn't really able to find things to go with it. So at Thanksgiving, we took a trip to a local yarn store to find a yarn of suitable color. It resulted in this.
Pretty good match, right? This is how he usually wears scarves, tucked into his jacket.
Here is a better view of the scarf itself.
I used the stitch pattern from the Yellow Brick Road Cowl. I've made this cowl several times before and I think the stitch pattern is interesting to knit but still do on semi-autopilot, and it yields a fabric that is snuggly and attractive. Instead of adding buttonholes at one end I just bound off and added fringe with a crochet hook into each cast-on and bound-off stitch. Vince wanted a rather long scarf, so I knit as much as five balls of wool would give me, minus the yarn needed for the fringe.
See, isn't that texture awesome? I used 5 balls of Karabella Aurora 8 in the fetching color of 6622. I had bought 3 balls at Imagiknit, and when I got home I realized that 3 balls would not be enough. I was able to order online two more balls of the same dye lot, and all was well.
Vince says that he is happy with his scarf, and he plans to wear it when the weather is cool enough to need it.