Happy New Year! We were one of the lucky ones over the Christmas holidays, and managed to keep our power during the ice storm. I hope everyone had a safe and joyous holiday.
I had decided to start a new knitting project over the holidays, and I recently completed it! It was my first attempt at a lace pattern. This beautiful Smoky Mountain Scarf pattern can be purchased from Etsy. The pattern is very easy to follow, however, the project takes time. It is knit up on US 4 (3.5 mm) needles and I used Madeline Tosh yarn – Tosh Sock. The colour I chose was Silver Fox. I have knit with Madeline Tosh before and I love the quality of her beautiful tonal yarns.
At one point, I was required to join the new skein to my work. I decided to try the felted join for the first time and it turned out to be a good decision and did not require me to weave in ends later. The felted join was successful because my yarn is 100% merino wool. I’ve read that this technique does not work on synthetic yarns. In this instance, you will likely want to join the new ball using the overlapping join.
I blocked the scarf using a beach towel and a yoga mat (I knew there was a use for yoga mats!). I don’t have a proper blocking board or wires, so I simply had to eyeball my pinning job.
I am very happy with the way it turned out, and have even had the opportunity to wear it out once already.