Saturday, February 3, 2007
Come on, come on, come on, come on now
Touch me babe
Can't you see that I am not afraid?
What was that promise that you made?
Why won't you tell me what she said?
What was that promise that she made
I just love this song; definitely a classic by The Doors, but it is also the name of the yarn I used on this easy scarf that was then felted.
Lilly, Jo and I did one of our field trips which typically consists of lunch and a trip to a LYS. This time we visited Renaissance Yarns in downtown Kent. I knew I wanted to make a scarf out of this yarn ever since I admired the display hanging in the shop. When it "touched me" I felt the softness of it, like velvet, only better. Plus it has a lightness to it and feels weightless, yet warm, when wearing it. The big decision was not "should I knit it?" or "do I need it?" but "what color should I get?" Once I spoke those 5 words out loud, Lilly and Jo started going to town grabbing balls of yarn and holding them up to my face. I felt like Mary Kay was draping me to get "colorized" as either a warm or a cool, Autumn or Summer. Jo and Lilly were in their element and were not about to let me get out of that store with a boring neutral color to which I am naturally drawn. Not that I'm boring. At least I don't think I'm boring but my clothes are boring and I knew I needed to add some color to my wardrobe. I kept telling myself this is just a scarf and it might do me some good to venture out of my comfort zone. No rules, right? So, Lilly picks up this ball of yarn and just starts cluckin' like she tends to do when she gets excited. By the way her nickname is "mama duck" but more about that later. She grabs me by the elbow and walks me over to the sitting area where a couple of gals are knitting and shrieks, "doesn't this just look beautiful with her coloring?" Well, what could they say? Nothing like putting some poor innocent women who are knitting away on their projects, on the spot. "Hey, by the way, do these jeans make my butt look big?" Geez.
So this is how I came to have this beautiful Touch Me scarf. I must admit it is a gorgeous color, especially hanging around the neck of my boring brown jacket.
Here is the pattern:
CO 31 sts
K2, P2, each row ending with a P1
Size 8 needles (I used 7 because I didn't have 8's and I didn't want to follow the rules completely)
I used a total of 4 balls of the Touch Me yarn
Once complete, put inside a zippered pillowcase and felt in hot water in the washing machine on a complete cycle. It will feel like cardboard when it is finished but don't fret. Put it in the dryer and it will soften up and come out ready to wear!