Thursday, September 06, 2007

Little Luxuries

This is what 14 balls of Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed look like.
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The yarn's 85% wool, 10% silk, and 5% cashmere make for a luscious hand but a rustic look. I bought it for a cardigan.

But when I got the yarn home, the desire to knit a cardigan had vanished. The Beanshoot color - a pale spring green with flecks of deep violet and cream - now seemed more suited to an accent piece. But what accent piece? A scarf? A hat? A bag? A pillow?

Just take the yarn back to the store?

This is where ravelry.com came in very handy. What had others had done with Silkroad DK Tweed? There were hats, sweaters, lace - all very nice. What really jumped out at me was texture. The yarn's rustic, tweedy look makes it a natural for cables, while its softness makes it comfortable against the skin.

That's when I cast on for the His/Hers Reversible Scarf from Melissa Leapman's Cables Untangled.
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That's one side.

Since the scarf is reversible, here's the other...
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The K6 P6 pattern is the foundation, with cables worked over 3 stitches. It's a very easy knit on #9s but keep track of which row you're on. That's what the rs marker is for.

The scarf will be about two yards long and use about 3 1/2 balls, leaving me 10 more to knit other little luxuries. The season of Christmas knitting has officially begun.

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