August 09, 2005
It’s like Stitch was reading my mind
When was the last time I received anything from Australia? Uhm, never! A cool metered postmark and a customs form were enough to make me giddy! Inside this Australian package was some Australian Cleckheaton yarn and Australian loose tea from my Australian Stitch Ya Neck Out pal, Meg! Hi, Meg!
(Makes me feel only slightly lame to have sent Debbie Bliss Cashmerino to my British SYNO pal. Eh. I chose the yarn before my pal was revealed… is that a reasonable excuse?)
Meg has asked me to knit Forbes Forest for her from Scarf Style, and I’m more than happy to oblige!
I know most people refer to their knitting goddesses, but Stitch has always been my knitting god, and he looked out for me this time, too ;). You see, the two items most commonly requested in this exchange are Ruffles and Turtleneck Shrug. From the very beginning I knew I didn’t want to knit Ruffles, and I specified that to the exchange hosts. After doing some simple statistics in my head, I was ready for the Turtleneck Shrug to come my way.
And that would have been fine, except I kind of wanted to knit one of the other scarves – Forbes Forest or Misty Garden or Midwest Moonlight… and so it happened! Thank you, Stitch and Meg! I'm glad that, first, I'm not the only one who wants something other than Ruffles and Turtleneck Shrug, and I'm glad that one of these less popular requests came my way ;).
This is a great pattern for me to knit because while I love the challenge of this type of cable- and bobble-intensive pattern (no serious TV-watching while knitting this!), it’s not a scarf I would wear myself. If not for this exchange, I would have never knit this!
Needless to say, I immediately cast on:
The pattern is quite intuitive, so I’m just lovin’ it so far. I’m not far along, but I’m already familiar enough with the pattern to be able to anticipate the next twist and turn and cable and bobble. Of course I’m cabling without a cable needle, and I can’t imagine doing this scarf any other way, since every single right-side row has 8 cables. I decided the bobbles looked a little dull as written (and required turning of the work), so I’m using Annie Modesitt’s voluptuous and turning-less bobbles.
So far, this exchange is working out splendidly... at least for Meg, since I can't seem to put this project down :). My own projects are paused for just a bit as a result :).