Sunday, September 20, 2009

Christmas Is Coming

We are into the double-digits! Christmas is less than 100 days away and the countdown begins. Sorry to wreck your day!

This is the first of a pair of fraternal scarves for a dear friend and her husband (also a dear friend).

The pattern is recognizable, I'm sure. My own variation called for casting on an even number of stitches, because that works better for me (always slip the first stitch purlwise, then start each row with a k and end with a k).
Instead of the Noro yarn called for in the original, I used Patons SWS (Soy Wool Stripes) in Natural Plum and Natural Violet.

I think the effect is very similar to that of Noro Silk Garden. (I can say that because my first one was made with Silk Garden.)

Frankly, I wanted to try the SWS. It seems to be going the way of All Good Yarns and I might never get another chance. So I bought 2 balls each of 4 colorways and cast on.

I am satisfied.

The other colorway is more earthy (translate: masculine) in shades of browns and rusts. That scarf is about half finished.

Yarn review: SWS is loosely twisted and somewhat splitty. It's available in limited colorways and quantities from a couple of online sources (Google is your friend) that I know of.

If you want it, get it now, because it won't last.

I used about 1.5 balls of each of the 2 colorways for this scarf. The leftovers will be incorporated into something (possibly a laprobe or baby blanket) at a later date.

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I actually thought it WAS Noro when I first looked at the picture. It's beautiful!
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