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February 03, 2006

Recreating the past

One of the first handmade presents I gave Francis was a boucle scarf I'd knitted for someone else (who never used it, because she was old and ill and eventually died) which he loved. I had a matching one (although we tended to try to not wear them at the same time). The yarn was lovely, a gray wool boucle that was completely shot through with bright colors. The effect was somehow both muted and intensely colorful. Unfortunately, he lost his scarf last year! He was heartbroken, but we still *had* a scarf, so I gave him mine.

This year, we discovered that five years of constant wear has taken its toll on the scarf. There might even have been some moth-depradation involved, too. But there are a few tiny holes in the scarf, and looked at dispassionately, it's starting to look kind of beaten-up. So I've been looking for a yarn with which to make a replacement scarf. Recently I found the perfect thing!

yarnmarket.com sells Cherry Tree Hill merino boucle that is incredibly gorgeous. Here's the color I picked, peacock.


I don't have a digital camera with me at the moment, but I'm several inches into the scarf, and I'm really enjoying the yarn. It's nubbly and cozy and fun. I learned something from the former scarf, too: the last scarf was made in seed stitch, because I wanted the fabric to seem plusher. In fact, though, it was impossible to tell that I'd knitted it in seed stitch, and it was a terrible pain in the butt. This scarf I'm knitting in garter stitch.

Posted by Rose at February 3, 2006 04:22 PM


hi, rose! nice to see you back in blogland! for christmas, i was making a keyhole scarf for my sister-in-law, and the yarn was a funky eyelashy thing (Bernat Disco). i wound up having to do it in reverse stockinette, and BOY was that stuff a PITA! and she didn't even mention it when we visited... :-(

that yarn looks great!

Posted by: gotcha at February 3, 2006 06:59 PM

Can I get a "What-What!" for yarns that don't require fantastical stitchery!
I bet it's absolutely lovely. :-)

Posted by: Lorinne at February 3, 2006 08:54 PM

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