My first foray into cables has been a bit dodgy. I offered to knit something for a local mama who I’m bartering with and she said “gloves?” and I said “god no”. So she said “scarf?” and I said “okay!”. And then I saw this pattern and thought “beautiful”, then I started knitting it and thought “oh my god what was I thinking?”
It’s not that hard, I’m just complaining. It involves a lot more thinking than I’m used to in the scarf department (meaning: any). The cables and the counting and the front and the back. The design is lovely and the designer is local to me so I think that’s really what decided it. Even though there is a little too much thinking for my usual laziness, I’m sticking with it because it’s always good to try something once. Like gloves.
As much as I enjoy working with wool, I decided on an acrylic yarn for this for a couple reasons:
1. I’ve gotten over my natural fiber snobbery – while I love a good creamy homespun, no everyone wants to deal with the upkeep of wool.
2. She has babies so, washability (see #1).
3. The colors were in alignment with her request and are rather lovely (I couldn’t find any wool that hit the mark and wasn’t a zillion dollars a skein).
4. It’s nice and fat and chunky which falls right in with my lazy knitter ideals.
I’m one skein in and I think I’m finally getting a bit of a rhythm down. Only 2 (or 3, or 4?) more to go!