Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Knitting New Scarves
Have you seen this book? Knitting New Scarves by Lynne Barr. It could change your life. Or at least how you look at knitting, especially scarves.
I think we tend to look at knitting as two dimensional. A flat piece with a front and a back. Or maybe it's one dimensional. This book sets out to change that. True, there are some scarves in the book that are conventional in that they have only two sides but most of them stress the three dimensional quality that scarves can have.
Not all the patterns are hard. Some are quite easy. There are some techniques that may take a while to get the hang of but there's nothing that isn't a variation on common techniques. Sure, some of them look to be quite time-consuming and maybe could even be considered fiddly. And there's a couple that I would never consider making just because they don't appeal to me. YMMV.
I have some ancient yarn, Tahki Chelsea Silk, that I'm going to use for my first project from this book. I just have to decide which one to do first. There's the one with the ruffly edge. Or the one that uses wedge shapes to create a wavy length in one or two colors. And then there's the tilting staircase. I think I'll wait until after the holidays to take on the ones that require you to knit through your knitting to start a new square.