yarn: farmhouse yarns, summer spun (aka silk blend) in charcoal
needles: 5mm addi circs
date started: 4.20.08
date finished: 4.26.08
I find it hard to write about a project months after the fact. there’s newness and excitement following that last stitch off the needles. the journey from cast on to bind off, how ever short or long, is fresh on your mind. you can share tidbits on the pattern or yarn in a post and then go on living with your new creation. sometimes people come back, months or years later, and share how the project is holding up or how it integrated into their wardrobe, or not.
I find myself in this weird project/blog post limbo- I didn’t get a chance to blog about my stole when I finished it in april, but I can’t really say how it’s aged because of the season. I will say this though, I started wearing it regularly after I washed it. I even took it down to miami with me. it was still in the 30’s or 40’s on the morning I drove to the airport, but it was a balmy 100 by the time we landed. it’s been away since then.
actually, I took it out of my drawer hoping for a tactile memory to emerge. the best way to describe this yarn is ‘real’, which was a welcomed change from the more commercials yarns I’m used to (and that eventually start to look the same with just a different label stuck on). it isn’t the softest nor the roughest; but don’t worry, it softens up in the wash. expect some grass and whatnot , after all, it comes from a farm. I think my favorite part of the yarn is the plying. I really enjoy how the white ply transitions from thick to thin, while the grey becomes the backbone with its consistency.
the yarn’s home spun look and feel combine perfectly with the Anne’s non-fussy lace pattern to create a rustic, and one of a kind, stole. the pattern was soothing and intuitive- no need to carry around a chart with you. I know I’ll be wearing it all the time come fall and winter. I just hope the change in seasons isn’t delayed yet again.