Back in December, I won the most amazing blog giveaway from Canary Knits: 6 balls of Rowan Tapestry (a delightful blend of wool and soybean fiber) and a gorgeous original-design sweater handknit from the same by Ms. Canary Knits herself*. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with the loveliness of the yarn with its neutral-but-not-at-all-boring browns and gradual self-stripiness. Then the week before Valentine's Day, I was playing around with stitches and fell in love again: with linen stitch. I started thinking about what would happen to a variegated or self-striping yarn done up in linen stitch, and that Rowan Tapestry practically flung itself at me from across the room. The result? A scarf that I loved every moment of knitting (linen stitch is so soothing!) and that ended up being gender-neutral enough for a man-knit. And because so much love went into knitting it, I thought it only fitting to give it to my own love for Valentine's Day.
Pattern: Improvised - I cast on 355 stitches and worked the scarf vertically in linen stitch. Finished measurements were ~8x45".
Yarn: Rowan Tapestry, a little more than 3 balls of color 170
Needles: US 8 circs
Start to Finish: February 5-12, 2008
Above you can see how the scarf looks on both sides: all smoothly textured on the knit side, and nubbly and cool on the purl side. The photos above were taken on a cloudy day so the colors did not come out true to life. The below photo is slightly more accurate.
(The most pleasant sick day I've had - knitting under a big blanket on the couch, watching Jane Austen-themed episodes of Masterpiece Theatre and kept company by a most cuddly companion).
*The lovely sweater by Canary Knits. I love it! Thank you again!!!