It’s very dangerous for me to walk through any sort of craft or yarn or fabric store. I get positively dizzy from all the textiles swimming around through my peripheral vision. My self-restraint is usually fine, however, as long as there’s not a sale happening. But put a red tag on a ball of yarn and I’m drawn to it like a magnet.
A few weeks ago, I happened upon a skein of Bernat’s Soft Boucle‘ in carnival shades at our local craft store. It was insanely cheap, and a hefty size, so I pushed it into my basket without thinking. Fortunately for me, there was only one skein to be found in the sale rack. Otherwise, everyone in my entire family would be receiving the same darn scarf for a Christmas present.
Pulling out a nice pair of #10 straight aluminum needles, I’ve started a simple scarf in double moss stitch. Essentially, you cast on an odd number of stitches times two, then k2, p2 each row. (In other words, you can’t cast on 28 stitches, because that is 14 x 2. You’d cast on 30 or 26.) To tempt fate, I’ve added two extra stitches to the cast on and am putting a simple border on the scarf by slipping the first stitch of every row as if to purl, and knitting the last stitch of every row. It’s coming out quite nice. I haven’t decided yet who the lucky recipient will be, but it’s nice to have a mindless take-along pattern.
Oh, yeah- pretty, and it was cheap. 🙂