Still reporting on last year’s knitting. This was a pair of projects for my sister which provided a bit of a learning opportunity for me.
She bought the yarn – always a good beginning, and made a good choice: Rowan felted tweed. It’s a cashmere/alpaca/nylon blend and really nice to knit with. Very soft and cosy. Just right for a scarf/hat combo.
The scarf pattern Peu do Pluie by Anne Hanson, already in my libray was a good choice and worked well. My sister had chosen two co-ordinating colours, so just a little of one with the main body of the scarf with the other.
The hat: Woolly Wormhead’s Elourne, one I’d made before. The complicating factor was that this hat pattern calls for much thicker yarn. But I had the perfect solution: use a strand of each colour to create a thicker yarn and combine the two colours without trying to combine different colours in different parts of the pattern which I suspected wouldn’t work that well. And it did work. It looked nice. But it was itchy. Turns out any fibre that has some courser strands in it has this potential, and I think holding it double and at a fairly tight gauge just makes the fibres pop a bit, giving extra itch.
But it’s ok, she can wear it when it’s really cold…