There is one project, though, that has really caught my attention. I was in my local yarn shop one day and one of the shop owners was wearing this beautiful scarflette/shawl. I asked her about it and she told me that she got the free pattern here. She also told me that she made it with sock yarn. So, that day I bought some sock yarn that she recommended and came home and started it. Well, I really did not like the colorway of the yarn that I bought, so I ended up taking it all out and putting it aside. Later on, though, I got to thinking about the scarf again and I decided to go back to the yarn store and see what I could find. There was a different lady there this time and she showed me some yarn that was so pretty and it is an absolute dream to work with. It's expensive, but I think it was well worth the money. Here is the scarf:
The yarn is by Schaefer Heather and it is a handpainted 55% merino wool superwash, 30% silk, and 15% nylon. One hank is about 400 yards and the scarflette pattern calls for 412 yards, so I was a little short on my yardage. It was ok, though because instead of doing 10 repeats of the feather and fan border, I only did 8 and it came out fine. This yarn is a beautiful variegated aqua blue color with some lavender and navy and green. I loved knitting this and I love the way it came out. I went yesterday and bought some more of the same type yarn, but in a different color and I'm getting ready to start another shawl/scarflette using this yarn, but in a different color. The pattern is very easy. When you get to the feather and fan pattern, you have to pay attention at first, but once you get the repeat pattern down, it gets easier as you go. Believe me, if I can do this anybody can. The pattern says to block the shawl once you are finished. I don't have any way (or the space) to block it the traditional way, so I just pressed mine gently with a steam iron and viola! it's blocked.