Sky scarf- take two- in which you hear another tale of a beginning knitter make her way! I had the best intentions of starting my "sky scarf" on January 1. Just like you should right? Read the pattern all the way through, gather supplies at least a week before hand right- wrong! I came across this conceptual knitting idea fell in love- read pattern somewhat and went to yarn shop and picked out some yarn that looked sky like. Jan 1- there I was starting it, trying to get the hang of carrying up the yarn stripe yarn method when my math whiz son decided to calculate how long my scarf would be at the end of the year. You guessed it- I did not compensate for bigger yarn. So at the current rate I would have accomplished a fine 12 foot scarf!
So- take two, I read all the way through and then understood way lace weight (yikes) yarn was used. So there I stood again overlooking the precipice of my wool ravine. Time to jump. So I bite the bullet and ordered the yarns used in pattern. When they arrived the first thought I had was, huh that is a small box. Bloody hell- when I opened the box it was the finest (and I mean small) skeins of Alpaca lace weight yarns in gorgeous colors. Okay second dilemma- winding. I don't have a swift and ball winder (yet) but I do have my handy little nostepinne. I did the first one on that and it was ridiculous. Luckily my friend helped me out and I got to have a sweet sunny afternoon visit as well.
Now- breath, here we are 21 days into January and I have been keeping track each day of the sky and I have alot of catching up to do. Lessons from above- take your time, read between the lines, sometimes go ahead and just get the same yarn, enjoy your time with friends. Big lesson- learning to knit with lace weight yarn, once I am caught up I think 1 row a day is about all I want to do along with learning rapid color changes.
Did I fail to mention that I thought I would need 13 inch needles for this so I splurged on gorgeous Dreamz needles size 3, 13 inches blue- too funny. 10 inch needles are all you need! As I continue down this knitting path and keep my head in the clouds I am sure I will have learned many lessons from up above in the sky! BTW today is a pale blue with some light grey clouds!