Thursday, February 7, 2008

Haruha scarf


I'm 4 pattern repeats in to my Haruha scarf. I found this gorgeous silk yarn at Art Fibers the last time I was in San Francisco, and I searched for a long time to find a lace scarf pattern that I wanted to knit with it.

One really cool thing about Art Fibers is that they sell cones of yarn rather than skeins, so you have fewer yarn ends to weave in when your project is complete. If you don't want an entire cone of yarn, you wind the amount of yarn that you want on to a skein that looks like this:


I thought hey, cool, a center-pull skein! Except, as I've learned the hard way, silk (and every other non-wool yarn) really does not cooperate with center-pull skeins. I removed the pipe insulation from the center of the ball of yarn and started pulling yarn out of the center of the skein, which turned out to be a really, really bad idea. The ball started to collapse on itself and the outer layers of the skein are falling off and knotting up. I should've left the pipe insulation in the center of the skein and started knitting from the outside of the skein. Center pull balls do not work well with any sort of yarn other than wool.

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