Sunday, January 10, 2010
Last fall, when we were out in Idaho, our second stop after getting off the plane was Isabel's yarn shop. This yarn store always has something set up to catch your eye and this time was no exception. As soon as we walked in the front door there was a table with the new Rowan Colourscape folk yarns and patterns. These yarns, especially the darker color-ways, just shout man yarn. Lots of women won't take their husbands shopping with them (especially on fiber procurement excursions) because they get told that they don't need any more yarn or fabric or whatnot, but with Jay I seem to have the opposite problem. He has a great eye for color and design and I think I end up spending twice as much when he is with me. I got enough to make him a matching hat too, hopefully I can whip that up before there aren't any cold days left to wear it this winter. Luckily this is a nice spongy wool that knits up quickly. The yarn is spun in such a way that it is fascinating to watch the colors blend into themselves and keeps you entertained while doing even a basic rib pattern. The man scarf is flattened and pinned to the rug upstairs at the moment for blocking, but here are some pics of it straight off the needles and still curly. I haven't ever blocked anything before so I'm very interested to see if it really does stay flat after it dries.
Pattern: Aiden Hat from Rowan Colourscape folk
Yarn: Rowan Colourscape chunky by Kaffe Fassett
Ravelry link here