FO: Frill Scarf
Pattern: Frill Scarf from Louisa Harding's Gathering Roses Accessories Collection
Yarn: Impression - color = #3 orange/red, Kimono Ribbon - color = #6 pink/orange
Fiber: nylon, mohair, polyamide
Amount: 2 skeins Impression, 1 skein Kimono Ribbon
Needles: US #5 and #7 Addi Turbos
The story goes something like this: (I am in the elevator going to work)
Woman I Work With: I really like your scarf. Did you make it? (she knows I knit)
Me: Thanks. I actually bought it years ago. I really liked the color combination (red and pink..it is a felted scarf).
WIWW: Oh, I guess I just expected you would have on something you made, not something you bought.
Well now, that sounds like a challenge to me...how about you? At first I was pretty pissed she made that comment, but then I realized this came from a woman who couldn't fight her way out of a paper bag. Even if she was given very detailed instructions and a pair of scissors. I already had the yarn at home to make this scarf, and the comment MAYBE prompted me to start it sooner than I had planned. Maybe.
I do like this scarf. I love the contrast between the fluffy, floaty yarn and the crinkly ribbon comprising the ruffle (view detail). I also love the pom-poms. Who doesn't love pom-poms?! I will tell you that the Impressions is a little finicky. You really have to watch your tension because it is made up of a very fine ribbon, a thin piece of mohair, and a piece of string. Yes, string. You have to watch that the mohair and the string follow right along with the ribbon or you will end up with unsightly hair piles. And, this stuff isn't fun to rip out. A few complaints (there always have to be a few):
- I made it too long. I followed the pattern, but I should have stopped about 20 inches sooner than I did.
- I made the pom-pom strings the length in the pattern, but I wish I had made them shorter. They hang down way more than the picture in the book. The pattern doesn't tell you how to put them on the scarf, so I had to guess. They get a little tangled.
- This scarf was VERY boring to knit. The whole thing is garter stitch until you do the ruffle. I swear there must be at least 600 rows of garter stitch. I couldn't wait for it to end!
I would use the Impressions again on small items. Louisa Harding does have some sweater patterns in this yarn in the companion book, but I don't think I would have the patience to fiddle with it in that large of a knit. I do have some more to make the Flora Hat (from the Accessories book...scroll down the page to see the hat). I figured I would wait to do the hat after I get a comment on my hair ;-)