Wednesday, October 1, 2008


I've been knitting for well over a year now, and I don't have a scarf of my own. It hasn't been a problem, because I wasn't really aching to have one while I was living in Arkansas, but now there is a chill in the air and I am ready for my very own scarf. While I was at the LYS I picked up a couple skeins of Manos Del Uruguay 100% wool. I love this yarn because it is some of the most beautiful yarn I have ever seen and because it helps support economic independence for rural artisans in Uruguay.

With this beautiful variegated yarn, I really should choose a scarf pattern that shows off the beautiful colors and their subtle differences.

Like Holding Hands and Feeding Ducks:or My So Called Scarf:
but those aren't really the scarves I want. I wasn't thinking about this when I bought the yarn, but the scarf I really want in Palindrome. It is a reversible cable pattern that I used to make a Christmas scarf for my grandfather last year. Variegated yarns and cables don't really go together very well, because the cables often get lost in the color changes. It is not really the cables I want though. What I want is the reversibility, (reversitility? ooh I like reversitility better but spell check tells me it doesn't exist) and the kooshyness of this pattern. Kooshyness probably isn't really a word either, but it is the most appropriate adjective. Forget the Charmin, this scarf is incredibly squeezable. It is like a cuddly stuffed animal, and I love it.

I knit up a few repeats last night to see how the pattern and the yarn look together.
The cables aren't as distinct as they could be, but having them downplayed a little, makes them more of a texture than the centerpiece of the scarf. So, the part of me that wants this scarf doesn't care if the cables don't pop out like they could. And the part of me that likes to do things the best that I can, knows that I am not playing up the strengths of this yarn. I'm still a little torn. What do you think?


Jenn said...

Hmm...I think it's really pretty. And if you like the texture, the cables add an interesting dimension to the scarf. Personally, I'm a fan...but if you're just not feeling it, you may want to find a different pattern. I hate trying to force myself to like something when there is something that vaguely bothers me about the project--in the end, I usually frog it anyway.

Amanda D Allen said...

I think you're right about the vaguely bothering. I should at very least knit up a bit in one of the other patterns to compare them.