Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Knitters, I have a problem.

A sock problem. My socks are, actually, just fine. The problem is that socks are all I knit. You may have noticed.

But lately I've been feeling guilty. You saw the swatch for the Ribby Cardi, and now there's this other yarn I've been meaning to get to. See, I have 4 balls of some Aurora 8 that looks like this. That may not be the exact color, but it's close enough. I originally bought this yarn to make the Irish Hiking Scarf, but I decided I didn't like it enough. Then I started ScWiNoNa.

The problem is this: the yarn is... boring. It is lovely squishy yarn, perfect for a scarf, and it is a beautiful color. But I can't think of anything to knit with it that won't end up looking boring. So this is where you come in, dear reader.

Do you know a fabulous pattern for a scarf? Reversible is great, but not required. And something not too boring.

In other news, I've been attending the Salem knitting group and met quite a few cool knitters. It's nice to have people to knit with again, even if it's only once a week. Unfortunately I don't think I'm going to get up to my Boston record of knitting groups 4-5 times a week, but that's probably for the best.



Anonymous Lara900 said...

that really depends how much drama you want in the finished item (is that the part that you don't want to be boring) or in the knitting (or is that the part you don't want to be boring).
Some patterns I like are for dramatic cowls, which seem to be all the rage in high-street fashion right now, so here goes:

Aibhlinn, from Knitty

A dramatic, cabled cowl, from Blue Skys Alpaca:

A dramatic-looking scarf, in no way boring, is the Swiss Cheese one:

A hooded scarf, from Drops, that is almost a garment

1:40 AM  
Blogger Alcariel said...

I like the Yarn Harlot's One Row scarf that she used for a handspun yarn last year. It's easy to find on ravelry. Easy to memorize pattern (making it mindless enough for SnB), but still interesting enough that your mind doesn't begin to rot. Plus it's reversible.

2:40 AM  
Anonymous Lara900 said...

Stariel, I am really sorry (and confused) about the fact that the links in my comments disappeared. -- How bizarre. Anyway, no use including them in another comment and having them disappear again -- just let me know by email, if you want them.

6:55 AM  
Blogger Toby said...

For geometric interest there is Kinetic from Fall 2008 Knitty. Of course, you'd need to make it normal scarf width to use just 4 skeins.

Or, for organic interest there is Backyard Leaves from Scarf Style. Also in Scarf Style, Forbes Forest and Campus Scarf lend textural interest to a solid color yarn.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Stormwolf said...

The DNA scarf?

9:28 AM  
Blogger Jess said...

Isobel scarf? I really enjoyed making this one.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Liz G. said...

I love the Pioneer Braid Scarf - and think it gives interest to "just plain solid yarn."

4:25 PM  
Blogger Cindiluhu said...

Hey Stariel! Do you have a lot of litte balls of left over sock yarn? What about making little sweaters? That's as close as I'm ever going to make something with sleeves at the rate I'm going.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Chris Tolomei aka alicethelma said...

"This too shall pass." If you love knitting socks, keep on knitting socks and don't feel guilty about it neither!

1:55 PM  

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Sock Yarn

    A quest to use sock yarns:

    Yarns I've had:
    * means I really liked it

    4-ply Soft
    A Piece of Vermont*
    Artyarns Supermerino*
    Austermann Step
    BMFA Sock Candy*
    Black Bunny Fibers*
    Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport
    Chinese Mystery sock yarn
    Claudia's Handpaints
    Conjoined Creations Flat Feet
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    CTH Supersock
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    Dorchester Farms
    Fearless Fibers
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    Interlacements Beibi Seda
    Interlacements Tiny Toes
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    Jarbo Raggi
    Jojoland Melody
    Kona Superwash
    KP Essential
    KP Merino
    KP Palette
    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock*
    Macek Designs
    Magic Stripes
    Mega Boots Stretch
    Nature's Palette
    Noro Kureyon Sock
    Panda Cotton
    Paton's Kroy*
    Peru DK
    Peruvian Quechua
    Regia Bamboo*
    Regia Cotton
    Regia Strato*
    Ruby Sapphire
    Socks That Rock*
    Star (Classic Elite)
    Stitch Jones
    Sunshine Yarns*
    Three Fates Cauldron Sock*
    Wool Ease
    Yarn Pirate*

    In Progress:

    Perchance to Knit
    Yarns in the stash:

    All Things Heather
    Ancient Threads
    Apple Laine
    Araucania Ranco
    Artyarns Ultramerino
    Autumn House Farm
    Baby Ull
    Ball and Skein
    Baywood Yarns
    Bearfoot (Mountain Colors)
    Briar Rose Fibers
    Brooklyn Handspun
    Cavyshops Handpaint
    C*eye*ber Fiber
    Cervinia Calzetteria
    CTH Superglitz
    Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks
    Chewy Spaghetti
    Classic Elite Alpaca Sox
    Colinette Cadenza
    Colinette Jitterbug
    Country Classic Yarn for Sox
    Crash Into Ewe
    Crown Mountain Farms Sock Hop
    Curious Yarns
    Done Roving
    Dream in Color
    Duet (A Swell Yarn Shop)
    Dye Dreams
    Ellen's Half Pint Farm
    End of the World Farm
    Fashion Trend Sportivo
    The Fiber Denn
    Fleece Artist
    The Flock Bransonas
    French Hill Farm
    Froehlich Blauband
    Gjestal Silja
    Great Adirondack Soxie
    Greenwood Fiberworks
    Jaeger Matchmaker
    Jarbo Mini Raggi
    Jawoll Cotton
    Just Our Yarn
    Knit Purl Natural Collection
    Kona Superwash
    KP Dancing
    KP Essential Tweed
    Lime & Violet
    Lisa Souza
    Louet Gems Pearl
    Mama Llama
    Merlin the Cat
    Meilenweit Cotton
    Meilenweit Trend
    Mind's Eye Merino/Tencel
    Mirasol Hacho
    Misty Mountain Farm
    The Natural Dye Studio
    Neighborhood Fiber Company
    Over the Rainbow Twinkletoes
    Pigeon Roof Studios
    Pine Woods
    Posh Yarn Lucia
    Prism Saki
    Pucker Brush Farm
    Regia Surf
    Reynolds Swizzle
    Reynolds Soft Sea Wool
    Rio De La Plata
    Royale Hare
    Roz Houseknecht
    Schaefer Anne
    Scout's Swag
    Sheep Shop Wensleydale
    Shelridge Farm
    Sockenwolle Unipo
    Spirit Trail Fiberworks
    Spunky Eclectic
    Steinbach Wolle Sockenwolle
    Sundara Yarn
    Tess Designer Yarns
    The Unique Sheep
    Universal Ditto
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    vanCalcar Acres
    White Oak Studio tvyarn
    Wisdom Yarns Marathon
    Wool in the Woods
    The Woolen Rabbit
    Yarn Botanika Radiance
    Ysolda Yarn
    Zen Yarn Garden

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