Saturday, July 09, 2011

Finally, a pick-up-and-put-down project

After a mix-up and a month-and-a-half-long delay, the yarn arrived a couple of days ago for me to begin knitting scarves for this coming winter’s Special Olympics.  This year, the colors are red and navy, but knitters and crocheters are not limited to Red Heart Super Saver—there is also a set of the same colors in Red Heart Soft.  I don’t think this yarn is as sturdy in many ways as the Super Saver.  If I were knitting a blanket that would have to endure frequent washings and being dragged around by a child, the tougher yarn would be my choice, but I did not feel that it worked well for scarves last year.  I used as big a needle as I could get by with and maintain any kind of stitch definition, but the scarves just did not drape well.  The Soft, in the color Really Red, is working out much better.  The pattern is the Yarn Harlot’s One-Row Handspun Scarf.  This pattern is textured, unisex, reversible, and readily foldable into a narrower scarf if the wearer desires.  And, of course, memorizing a one-row pattern is handy.  Each scarf has to have both colors; this one will be 2 1/2 feet of red and 2 1/2 feet of navy.  I experimented last year, and found different neat ways to tie that combination that are quite suitable for either gender as well as the fairly broad age range of the athletes.

I have added a few more book comments—too brief to be called reviews—to the Goodreads list in the right sidebar. 

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