She is glorious, thick, and warm….and I took her out and about with me twice this week! She also sheds….a ton….but that comes with the fluffy territory I suppose. If you think I’m talking about a new puppy, sadly your wrong. I can understand your confusion on the issue, and honestly if you follow the #adoptdontshop mantra…….you can probably get a new puppy companion for less money than I spent on my glorious new fluff!! I would love a puppy…..but that’s something for another time!
I promised last post that once I got my new scarf completed I’d write an update post. Well…..she’s all done, and was surprisingly easy! I say easy like I didn’t get two dozen rows in and decide to rip it all out and start over…..minor technicality.
I can’t take credit for the pattern, all of that goes to the wonderful Knit Collage and their glorious, chunky yarns! If you love to knit, what to learn how to knit, or want someone you know to knit you something amazing……Knit Collage is the place to go. Cheap and easy to follow patterns paired with interesting hand spun yarns you won’t find anywhere else. If you can’t get inspired by clicking through their website there is not a ton of hope for you. Their yarn skeins are more expensive than what you can get at a big box store, but they are all hand made by a handful of women in India. This creates small batches of each yarn and also means that every skein will be slightly different. They are random in the best way possible…..lumpy, shimmery, wooly…….perfection!
First things first….you’ll need to pick your pattern! I went with the Wildcat Fringe Scarf because it was something unlike other scarves I have hanging in my closet. Might as well go big and step outside your comfort zone right?! The link and picture for the scarf are below if you’re wanting to whip up your very own fringed beauty! If fringe isn’t your cup of tea, pick out your favorite sweater, scarf, or hat and get to knitting!
The pattern calls for 2 skeins of their shimmery Pixie Dust yarn, and one skein of Spun Cloud yarn. There are several different color options in both yarn types, so you’ll need to start the creative juices going before you even cast on your first stitch. I wanted my Spun Cloud skein in a grey…..specifically a light grey. I wanted to do this project and I wanted to do it now, however the light grey was out of stock…..so I improvised! A quick swap of a skein of Sister yarn for the Spun Cloud and I was back in business.
Sister yarn isn’t quite as thick as Spun Cloud which probably accounts for the reason I needed to rip everything out and start over. I wasn’t getting nearly the length recommended in the pattern. I’ve always been and probably always will be a very tight knitter. Apparently I take a lot of tension out on my knitting projects. Anyway, the scarf has recommend lengths that should be achieved at various stages of the project. I won’t give them here as it isn’t my pattern to share. However I will tell you that a good mantra to recite as you knit is…….just let it be loose! I don’t think you could possibly knit this too loose, but too tight is for sure a thing and you’ll just end up with a mess. Too tight is a bummer because you’ve spent good money on this yarn for its hand spun textures and variation, but if the stitches are too tight and small you won’t be able to see and appreciate it.
My finished scarf ended up a bit shorter than the pattern lists. It’s still plenty long, plus I had plenty of both skeins of yarn left to make the fringe. You’ll have enough to fringe even if you knit the full length, but you’ll end up with only a handful of fringes in Pixie Dust. I’m moderately obsessed with it’s texture and lumpiness though so I happily sacrificed some total inches for the chance to show it off on the fringe. Plus since I know I knit tight, sometimes guesstimating length versus yarn remaining gets tricky….I always vote better safe than sorry! I used both skeins of Pixie Dust completely up and I have some Sister yarn left over to maybe make a pom pom or something in the future.
Overall, it was a quick and fun project. It only took maybe 8 hours?! It’s hard to say what with the starting over, the drinking, and Netflixing that was also occurring while I worked. It was New Year’s Eve weekend….it was really too cold to do anything other than drink spiked hot chocolate and lounge around with a pile of thick wool yarn in your lap!
In case you’re worried I just boozed away my whole weekend, I did not. The Engineer and I got fancy, bundled up against the cold, and went out for a nice dinner and some fancy drinks. We then proceeded to come home to set alarms and nap before midnight. I think that’s adulting right?! Can’t pop corks at midnight if you aren’t awake….so just set alarms for 11:45 and power nap your way into the New Year! I’m not sure what 2018 has in store for me, but I promise I will bring you all along for the ride!
The “Let’s Take a Nice Picture” process…..