November 05, 2006
Dad's neck: no longer cold
Pattern: My own*
Needles: Bryspun straights, US 5 (3.75 mm)
Finished size: 7" wide and 60" long (plus 3" long fringe).
Boy oh boy, this one really worked out! After learning that my mom felted the scarf I knit for dad last year, and hid this indiscretion from him for several months, I did what any good daughter would do: knit him another!
And if I do say so myself, it turned out to be new and improved.
- Sundara's sport merino is superwash (check!).
- The yarn is tightly spun and hopefully won't pill (check!).
- Thought it's not Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (one of the few wool yarns which I can wear around my neck), I was quite comfortable during the photo shoot (check!).
- The color is warmer and more flattering (check!).
- I included a neat selvedge (pat on the back!).
I'm thrilled with the texture and drape - knitting with thinner yarn truly made a difference. The scarf hangs lightly around the neck, folds and flows effortlessly. The original Sharfik, knit out of worsted weight yarn, stood up at attention and felt a bit bulky.
You'll note that I made this scarf 60" long, though the majority of you advised on the order of 65"-70". In my head I was thinking 62" would be perfect for dad - longer than last year, but not so long that it would peek out from the hem of his jacket. I was very close :) - a phone call confirmed that 60" would be the ideal length.
The scarf did stretch during blocking, but then contracted a bit after fully drying. Still, I had to undo the bind-off and take away some length... resulting in needing only 2 skeins of yarn for the actual scarf, and using the third only for a bit of fringe. Better safe than sorry!
Now I anxiously await my dad's verdict. Remember, this time around I chose the pattern, the yarn, and the color myself; he has not had a preview of any kind. Surprise! (I'm sure he'll love it :)).
* Regarding pattern requests: Yes! Just give me a few days. I need to write it up and come up with a clever name (not "Sharfik, v. 2.0").