At the Still Point of the Turning World
Residency is over, NOW what? (While I'm waiting for the answer, I'll get some spinning done....)

Sunday, April 13, 2003


Inspired by Nannette B's recent posts, I started (and finished) a Spontaneous Scarf using four different spindle-spun yarns. The basic concept for making these scarves can be found in an article in the Winter 2002 Spin-Off. Basically, you knit the scarf longwise using a reversible stitch pattern, changing colors every row and leaving a long tail at either end to incorporate into the fringe. I used one of the first spindle-spun yarns I ever made, an underspun, puffy, 2-ply dark plum merino heather, as well as three other yarns--a pink/purple heathered multi, a sequential colorway in burgundy/gold/grey/purple, and a purple/grey heather. The pink/purple multi and the sequential colorway are the lighter valued colors that "pop" out against a background of dark plum merino and purple/grey heather. Here's a closer look at the yarns used in the scarf, knotted into fringe.

This is a great project for using up those single skeins leftover from other knitting or spinning projects, or those single skeins made from 1- or 2-oz oddments of fiber. The knitting went by quickly because I got swept up in the interplay of the different colors, yarn thicknesses and textures.

The result is a classic Big Wooly Scarf, the kind you loop around your neck before reaching for your coat. Even here on the Central Coast of California, we have days when such a scarf can be useful.