Just because I love a pattern, and I love a particular yarn doesn't mean that they will work well together. I have been so excited about casting on the Celtic Cable Scarf over the past week, and I went to my knitting group in search of the perfect yarn to use. I wanted to pick out a DK since that is what the pattern calls for, so I chose Silky Wool by Elsebeth Lavold. This is seriously soft and drapey yarn, but I thought the cables would still pop. I got home last week and eagerly cast on my new scarf. After one repeat of the pattern I noticed that it appeared a little thin. I didn't like the transitions, and the edge cables looked muddy. So I put it down for a day or two...came back, ripped and started again. It must just be my novice cabling skills right? I was still getting used to using a cable needle...so I figured the second go would be great. I was wrong. The yarn is lovely, but a very poor partner for this project. Here is a photo of the second attempt using the Silky Wool.
Click on the picture to see just how yucky the cables look close up. It's a scary sight...just in time for Halloween. :) So, I went to my knitting group this week determined to pick out a more appropriate yarn for the project.
I decided to try Ella Rae Classic. My LYS just started to carry this brand/line. It is very affordable at $6 ish per skein for 219 yards, and there were many colors to choose from. It's worsted, and the texture is similar to Cascade 220. It is very nice to work with, and it is springy enough to show off the intricate cable work. I cast on right then and there, and I worked on it while chatting away with my lovely knitting pals. I worked on it a bit this afternoon, and I must say that I am very happy with the difference this yarn makes. You can actually see the cable definition, and I am sure when it is blocked it will look even nicer. I had to pin it for the picture because it wants to fold up like a taco.
I really like the pattern, and the instructions are very clear. The yarn has been very cooperative, and I must admit that the green will go with my complexion much better than my first choice. I am planning on devoting some serious time to this project over the weekend. We are supposed to get some heavy rain on Saturday...perfect knitting weather.
I am also planning on visiting the Mount Dora Craft Fair this weekend. A friend from my knitting group, Kelly will have a booth and I am dying to see her in action. She knits the most fantastic bags. She has such a good eye for color and style. I know she is going to be a big hit at the show. I hope the rain doesn't affect them too much.
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend.