Tuesday, January 15, 2013
a decision made
I've been waffling for months about this yarn...
Originally my thought was to make a Clapotis but after two Clapotis late last year I was bored with the pattern. Besides "dropping" stitches in silk is quite a challenge - the silk fibers are so sticky that the stitches wouldn't drop without a lot of help.
Next I considered a beaded stole like Pampas but after purchasing the pattern and reading it through I bailed ... yikes, way too much beading and way too fussy. And then there was the small matter of being short a couple hundred yards of yarn and 5000 beads, so nope.
Over the last several days I think I've looked at every shawl and scarf in the Ravelry database with a view to deciding what to make of this yarn. And now I've decided ... Lace Ribbon Scarf.
There are a whole bunch of things I like about it. The patterning is simple and geometric. The shape is rectangular. It's a simple enough to memorize quickly, in fact I can even put it down and pick it up for knitting at work and on transit. The distribution of eyelets makes it a cinch to figure out what pattern row you're on without keeping track or counting. The even rows are rest rows which give me a chance to count to make sure I haven't missed any yarn overs. It strikes me as just the right balance of solidity and lacy-ness. And the repeat is just 9 stitches so it was easy peasy to add a few more repeats to make it wider.
Just one thing I don't like: "Work in pattern until work measures 80 inches ..." Oh yeah, scarves, stoles and shawls do seem interminable, don't they?