When a friend said that she was headed to Orcas Island, I asked that if she saw any interesting yarn to buy me a skein. So she wandered into Poppies Fine Yarns in Eastsound and brought back a hank of Malabrigo Silky Merino.  Wow, what a treat that has turned out to be!  I have heard a lot about Malabrigo, and although I’d seen it in stores, I hadn’t bought any yet.  It’s so lightweight and warm and soft and it has a such a nice luster to it from the silk content, it promised to be wonderful to wear, but with one skein, it proved to be more of a challenge to come up with a pattern for.  That night I searched Ravelry and decided on Cashmere Neckwarmer.

It took a few false starts before I got the hang of the pattern stitch, which is really very easy, but I add these additional words of advice to those who want to make it:  on the knit side (right side) of the work, after the yarnover, hold the yarn in back of the work as you proceed to the next stitch, and on the purl side, after the yarnover, bring the yarn in front of the work (i.e., the side facing you) before proceeding to the next stitch.  Once I figured this out, the stitch pattern developed the criss-cross look it is meant to have, whereas before that, it looked rather odd and unattractive.  I guess I’m just one of those people who need everything written out for me.

I’ve finished the cardigan for MR and it looks pretty funky; I’m not liking it.  It’s so big it’ll probably fit her next summer.  Oh well, serves me right for trying to knit something for someone whom:  a) I’ve yet to meet, b) have no measurements on other than weight and length, c) who is 1 year old and probably growing like a weed, and d) for whom I have no idea when I’ll get to meet her.

Okay-Shokay Progress

“Progress?” You say. “What’s Okay-Shokay?”

Okay-Shokay is a scarf that is the result of pure lust and impulse buying, I have to admit.

From the instant I put my hands on that skein of Shokay’s Shambala yak down, I knew that there was no turning back. I had never felt yak down yarn before, and I cannot describe to you how wonderful it feels. I’ve heard it described as a lot like cashmere, but I think it feels much better than cashmere (is that even possible?). It feels like a soft cotton plant somehow had intimate relations with a cashmere goat and yak down was the result. I love it. I could not say “no” to that skein, however I did say “no” to any additional skeins (the stuff is expensive). I have no regrets, though.

Caressing my single skein of purple Shambala that night, I searched Ravelry to find a pattern to put the 164 yards (150 m) to good use with. Some have suggested that I incorporate the skein into a sweater with other yarns, and I politely accepted their opinions, all the while thinking to myself, “Are you absolutely insane?! Why would I mix something so delicious to touch as yak down with another yarn? ” I did appreciate their input, really, but I just couldn’t do that. Through Ravelry I found the pattern for Ribbed Mini-Scarf by Celeste Glassel and I think it suits the fiber perfectly, as it just screams that it needs to be next my skin. The pattern is written for two lengths and I’m making the longer one (26″ or so) since I don’t want to waste too much yarn. A very quick and easy knit, and it’s about 90% done.