Still Missing: Lambs
Ages ago, I made a Bo-Peep Scarf and I really did love it. There came a time when we were packing up the flat in Brunswick where I had to make a decision whether to keep it or not. The yarn was a little scratchy and I didn’t like the acetate lining that much, so in a moment of utter ruthlessness, I donated it. This isn’t a decision I regret, but I knew I would likely replace it in the future.
So I did the reasonable thing and made another one! This one is made out of some light fingering Madelinetosh yarn. Madelinetosh yarns were one of those brands I was really keen to try when we moved, because it basically doesn’t exist in Australia (at least it didn’t when I last went yarn shopping, which was a long time ago). This particular batch came from Knitty City on the Upper West Side, purchased during the NYC Yarn Crawl with this particular project in mind. I remember googling the colourway in the store just to make sure I’d like the results, as I have a history of buying yarn because it looks pretty in a skein, but not in a project.
Well, the yarn was as much fun to work with as I could’ve hoped! It’s not cheap, but I found the yardage to be generous, and the little specks of colour make me very happy. It’s a lot softer than my previous scarf as well, which is a bonus.
Honestly, there’s nothing I don’t like about this project, other than it’s not a terribly useful scarf — it’s difficult to get on and off and it’s not particularly warm when it’s on. I’ve not really been able to wear it here because it’s been too cold! I’m hoping I can get some days out of it during the spring.
Two things to get the most out of this scarf. I felt that my previous version held itself up a little better and I think that’s got to do with the drape of the fabric. To get a nice, stiff bow, I would recommend a tight gauge. I got the gauge as requested by the pattern by using 3mm needles and the yarn held double, but I think it could be a little tighter. My previous version was made before I knew how to really match a yarn to a pattern, so that I know this at all is a bit of a fluke. I’d throw it into the wash to felt a little bit if the yarn wasn’t so expensive! I might consider lining it like I did with my last scarf — I have some silk organza that would do that trick.
The other thing I recommend is not tying it around your neck “like a present” as the pattern suggests. That’s a bit of a vague description. In my pictures here, and in the older blog post, I have tied it like a man’s bow tie. If you’ve never done it before, there is a bit of fiddling about and cursing, but your results will look much neater.
I have been quite prolific recently — the cold weather has kept me indoors, plus I cut out 3 projects in a row so that I could just sew, sew, sew, which has been very efficient. I have avoided doing that because I didn’t want half-finished projects around, but I actually worked for the best. I intend to make one or two more things with sleeves before thinking about spring projects…