Sunday, 25 November 2007

Quoddy Scarf

I had been doing very well on my yarn diet, until I came across 272-yard skeins of Briggs and Little yarn for $3.50 a pop. It was too cheap to pass up, so I bought out the whole stock (5 skeins) of Quoddy Blue, from the Regal line:I love that heathered blue.
So I decided that I'd knit a scarf for my dad for Christmas, as well as give him a coupon for a knitted object of his choice, which he can then redeem. I'm hoping he picks socks, and not a sweater.

For those of you who have worked with Briggs and Little before, you know it's not exactly a soft yarn. At all. In fact, I'm seriously wondering why I bought such rough-textured yarn. Oh wait- because I got 1360 yards of it for $17.50. But I'm told that it is possible to soften rough yarn with a nice bath and some hair conditioner. Is this the best option? I'll have to look into it further.

But in the meantime, can I say what a sheer joy that scarf pattern is? It's from the Yarn Harlot, and can be found here. It's only a 4 stitch repeat, only one row, and it's completely reversable. I can knit it while I read (book propped open with my knee). Isn't it great when you don't even have to look at it?! I finished this book tonight, then looked down and was pleasantly surprised to see that I'm almost halfway there.

9 comments:

Glenna C said...

Oh, I love Briggs & Little! It's so heathered and beautiful, the colours are so great. And sure it's a bit scratchy at first, but it softens up every time you wash it. Plus, all that lanolin is lovely on the hands while you knit.

If i'd been there for $3.50 a ball I might have fought you f or it ;)

Maggie said...

I have knit with Briggs and Little a LOT! It's a really beautiful yarn that knits up wonderfully. It is itchy though and I have not found a good way to soften it up. Good luck!

GalGreetsCity said...

Pretty! Books on tape...from the library...they make knitting a breeze

orata said...

What a pretty color! I just might have to make one of those One Row scarves as a Manly Christmas Present (I was racking my brain for something interesting yet easy for my walnut-dyed yarn.)

Amanda said...

At last, someone else who reads while they knit! People always look at me like I'm crazy when I tell them I can do this. I'm assuming you also prefer hardcover books for this reason? :)

Hilary said...

The scarf is gorgeous! I love that color...

Nora said...

I read while I knit too... it comes in very handy during exm time. ;)

Nora said...

Ooops, exAm time.

Hilary said...

I totally forgot to say in my last comment,

Did you like The Girls? I read it last year and LOVED it. It was such an interesting concept, and I found the whole thing very touching.