I haven’t posted anything for a while because I’ve been working on secret gift items, but since I have given one of my most recent knitting projects away, I can reveal the Gathering Scarf from Little Luxury Knits: 20 Accessories in Rowan Kidsilk Yarns.
The Gathering Scarf is the first thing I’ve knitted from this book and it is a great little pattern which consists of four easy to memorise rows. Since I’ve never knitted with beads before, and really wanted to, I chose to stick with the yarn called for in the pattern, Rowan’s Kidsilk Haze in Blackcurrant(641).
You might be thinking, ‘It’s June! Why are you knitting a scarf, especially in mohair?’ It’s also likely that if you are thinking this, you don’t live in England. The weather has been generally nice over the last week or two, but very conveniently the day I gave it away, it was a bit chilly and incredibly rainy and horrible. Plus, I wanted to put my winter boots and coat away without jinxing the amazing weather. Scarf knitting seemed the logical thing to do to cancel that out so I wouldn’t feel like I broke summer if the weather went bad after putting my winter gear away.
As I said before, I really wanted to include the beads, and used 3mm beads, though they weren’t the Rowan beads the pattern calls for; I found the Rowan beads, at least the ones in stock at John Lewis, fairly mediocre and quite pricey. So, I found some nice seed beads at The Bead Shop.
I’m pretty rubbish with numbers, especially when I’m put on the spot and have to work with them in my head. Seed beads are sold by weight in The Bead Shop; I think it was 60p for 5g and when I told the guy I needed about 200 beads, he just poured 5g worth of beads in a bowl and asked how many grams I wanted. I thought that there were maybe 20-30 beads per 50g, but discovered I was WAY off after I put 200 beads on my ball of yarn, dropped several on the floor and and it didn’t even look like I’d made a dent in the beads. So, it’s likely that everyone will be getting a gathering scarf for Christmas this year.
It was surprisingly easy to knit with the beads, and I got all the beads strung on whilst watching Doctor Who, so not terribly time consuming. The biggest problem I had was getting the beads with a smaller hole over the needle I was using to get the beads onto the yarn, but since I was in no short supply of beads, it wasn’t really a problem. The lace pattern for the scarf is really beautiful without beads, but the yarn is so light and delicate, you really do need the beads to give the scarf some weight. Not that the beads make it really heavy, but the Rowan Kidsilk Haze is 2ply yarn and the pattern calls for 6.5mm needles, so it’s naturally going to be light.
I think it’s also worth mentioning that the Rowan Kidsilk Haze is a really lovely mohair, probably because it’s 30% silk. I’m not generally a big fan of mohair, but I really enjoyed stroking the ball of yarn every now and then when I was knitting it.
On a bit of a more random note, I was really sad to learn that Rue McLanahan, aka Blanche Devereaux from the Golden Girls, died today. It’s sad news and it’s also made me a bit sentimental for my best friends, because after all, that is what the Golden Girls are about, regardless of age. So, to Anwar and Dorkbutt, thank you for being my friend.