|At the Still Point of the Turning World|
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.