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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.

I'm over here.

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.

Flat out.

Blocking Bo Peep.

The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

The Learned

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…


February 8th, 2017
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