detail of end, see how fuzzy?
My second knitted thing came together in a small instance of synchronicity. I was at Fengari Yarn shop in Half Moon Bay (400 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, (650) 726-2550) which I highly recommend if you’re ever out there. They had two balls of Geisha by Plymouth, a yarn I had been eyeing which fits into the non-wool, fuzzy, soft category nicely. I first saw Geisha in this review at About.com Knitting, see how fuzzy it looks? The label recommends size 11 – 13 US needles, but it’s wrong, #10 US or possibly smaller would be more appropriate. But of course I didn’t know this at the time, so I needed to get #11 needles. I had been wanting to try Pony Pearls, but believed they only came in 14″ and 16″ lengths. Anything over 12″ makes my pinkies hurt. Fengari had 10″ Pony Pearls in US size 11! hooray! And they were a lovely bright orange color.
I wanted a warm scarf for my commute, and my sometimes cold office, and I wanted a pull-through slit so that it would be less likely to fly off in the wind and land in a sad little heap in the road, something which has happened to me a lot lately. And I had been eyeing this scarf at Banana Republic as a sort of aesthetic ideal. I decided to make a slit parallel to the length of the scarf and to use a seed stitch.
final pattern I used
– size 11 US needles
– watch your stitches through this area, it would be easy to be one off
This yarn so fuzzysoft that I have been carrying it over to people and saying “touch my scarf!” I knew the needles were too big for the yarn when I started knitting, but I decided to use them anyway because I really really adore the Pony Pearls. They seem much softer than the Bryspun Flexibles, actually do warm up and are feather light, even as thick as they are.
Am I happy with the scarf? Yes. But. The wide stitches do (again) allow for the scarf to stretch itself thin. I think I would prefer something a bit more stiff. Also, the yarn isn’t a color I love, it was, however, what they had. Which gives me the perfect reason to make another! yay! For all the wispiness of Geisha it sheds not at all. It is nicely lightweight yarn, it doesn’t choke me from it’s weight the way certain other things I’ve made do. I haven’t given it a good washing yet, I’ll let you know if the scarf falls apart or not. I wove the ends in along the edges, and after a few days of wearing they haven’t poked out yet.
The yarn on the Pony Pearls did stick a bit, almost like it was squeaking. I’m not sure if I liked this or not. One last note: this is not a springy yarn the way you would expect a spun wool yarn to be. It has an unyielding center so it’s probably a bit trickier to knit with, but I didn’t have any problems, I’m willing to compromise for my non-wool-wearing self.
Next I’m going to try wooden needles, and either Sirdar Snowflake Chunky or a charcoal grey super soft alpaca which I found my boyfriend rubbing against his cheek at the shop. Recently he has been looking at me and saying, very slowly, “aaaaal paaaaaaa caaaaaaaaa”, which I think is a hint.