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Pattern: My own... a celtic braid cable with ribbing on either side.
Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, in a beige/oatmeal heather color. I'm not sure of the color name/number, but I bought it several years ago so it was one of the originals. I think I used about 2 skeins.
This scarf took a long time. I've been working on it on and off since the beginning of summer. I think the only way that I got through it was because it was a gift for my boyfriend; if it was just for me, I probably would have lost interest after six inches or so.
It was a bit of a departure for me. I usually don't knit complicated patterns because I tend to prefer the look of simple stitches and I like being able to knit while I'm doing other activities (this means I've knit a lot
of stockinette socks). I don't think I'll be knitting another uber-cabled design soon, but I won't shy away from them in the future!
I think that Silky Wool is a really great yarn. Prior to this, I'd knit a dressy cardigan from it, which came out beautifully. It's nice to see that it works in slightly more "rugged" designs as well. The colors are nice and slightly heathered, it's soft, it has great yardage, and it looks GREAT after blocking.
However, there is one problem with this scarf. After I washed it, it smelled a little bit weird and makes me feel like I'm going to sneeze if I smell it. I tried Febreze, rewashing it, soaking it a long time, and letting it air out, but it hasn't gone away. Any suggestions on how I can fix it? The recipient is getting anxious to finally wear it!
I also have a little destashing sale going on at my blog
, with commercial and handspun yarn, for anyone who's interested.