100% Cashmere Scarf
Finished. It's a smallish scarf, but with plenty of knitted fabric surface to keep a chilly neck quite warm. It's outrageously soft and I hope it's well received this winter. The yarn is Jade Sapphire Keja (100% Mongolian cashmere). I don't think that it's a yarn that they carry any longer, but Jade Sapphire now offers cashmere scarf kits -- one for a men's scarf and one for a woman's scarf. The shop got several Cashmere Scarf for Him kits yesterday along with a knitted sample and it's even softer than the one I knit. Several yarn shops now carry the kits, so I hope you get to fondle one in person!
I've made a lot of progress on the summer cardigan I started a couple of weeks ago and since it's such a plain vanilla color and pattern, I'll probably share just one in-progress photo:
You can probably see a little bit of the rowing-out issue that I blogged about several days ago. Most of it is likely to disappear during washing and blocking, and it's slight enough that I won't be disappointed if it doesn't. The bigger disappointment is likely to be that it's going to be too small for me to wear buttoned. (Not a gauge issue, but an issue of my not taking my own measurements before deciding which size to knit). Because I was planning to wear this over a tank or cami anyway, I don't think it will be a problem. However, this project has reaffirmed my love for the classic Addi Turbo circular needles. I love the Addi's blunt tips and the slick needles. Knit Picks' nickel-plated needles are too pointy for me and the Addi Lace needle's brass finish rubs off in my hands. So I'm giving some serious thought now to an Addi Interchangeable Kit. I've learned that needle comfort can make or break my satisfaction with a project -- and for knitting a lot of stockinette, nothing beats the Addi Turbo for me. Your mileage may vary, but I would happily part with my Denise needle set in favor of the Addi Interchangeables.
Lately, something surprising happens when I'm knitting -- I daydream about crocheting. And vice versa; when I'm doing one, I can't wait till I get to do the other! I'm more focused on my knitting now because I want to finish it in order to crochet something. And I still think about knitting socks all the time. I need a sock on the needles to pick up when I want to work on something small and focused -- and I don't have any I'm working on right now, so I need to remedy that. I have plenty of sock yarn stashed and all I need to do is dive deep in my sock yarn basket and pull out the skein I want to cast on. There are so many options, it's hard to focus -- can you tell?