I cast on a new knitting project last night.
Last year, my parents went on a trip to Canada and Alaska. They very kindily brought me back a ball of yarn, but not just any old yarn: this yarn is a Qiviuk blend with extrafine merino and mulberry silk (you have to be wealthy and/or a yarnnut to buy pure Qiviuk) in a green colour as soft as the yarn is (this is not needless rhapsodising).
This is the yarn I have cast on.
Warning for non-knitters: technical bits follow, but there will be a photo, too 🙂
Now, one 1oz/28g ball has 217 and a bit yards of yarn, so I’m hoping that will be enough to knit me a scarf. I’m using 5mm needles for extra drape (and in the hopes of getting a larger scarf). The yarn is knitting up gorgeousily and is a delight to work with. It is both fuzzy (from the qiviuk) and has a slight sheen (from the silk). With the different fibres taking dye differently, the colour is rich, not flat.
I’m knitting a triangle and I’ve opted for a simple garter chevron approach. I’ve added a couple of texture rows to keep it interesting, but the yarn doesn’t really need anything too complicated.
The basic pattern, which I’ve developed myself, is as follows:
Odd-numbered rows – k1, kfb, k to 1 st before centre marker kfb, slip marker, kfb, k to 3 sts before end of row, kfb, k2 (increase 4 st each time)
Even-numbered rows – k
Row 4 – k2, p to last 2 sts, k2
Row10 – k2, (k2tog, yo) rep to 2 sts before marker, k2, slip marker, k1, (yo,k2tog) rep to 2 sts before end of row, k2
And this is how it looks after 2 and a bit repeats:
You can see the chevron shape starting to form – top of the picture is top of the garment.
BTW the yarn bag and stitch marker [note for non-knitters: this is being used to mark the centre stitch, so I don’t mess up the pattern] are made by my good friend, Jenny. She does great work and it’s a privilege to know her (let alone be given things by her!)
Now to try and get this finished for my birthday on the 23rd…