As a knitter, I either have a dreadful case of attention deficit disorder or I am a highly efficient, multi-tasker. I'm never sure exactly which one it is. I do seem to have a knack for working on multiple projects at a time though, and just this weekend, as I'm working steadily on my cabled afghan and almost ready for the finishing ruffle on my Far Away So Close shawl, I suddenly became infatuated with Christine Vogel's Drop Stitch Scarf Pattern.
I've actually been intending to knit this pattern since the first time I stumbled across it. I like the airy look of the dropped stitches. Last night I printed out the pattern and this morning I looked through the stash for a likely yarn.
I ended up pulling out some Elliebelly Basilisk in the Cleo colorway. The yarn is similar to the pattern yarn in blend — 50% silk and 50% merino wool, but is a somewhat heavier weight, more of an aran than the DK weight Lady Godiva yarn from Handmaiden that the pattern was written for.
This scarf looks gorgeous in every photo I have ever seen. But, I'm having my doubts as to whether Cleo was a good colorway choice. I understand that this scarf requires significant blocking when finished to open up the pattern, so I'm keeping an open mind. I'm worried that it needs more of a rainbow colorway though. Before deciding on Cleo, I looked at some handspun that was in my stash and considered both some of my own Alpaca that a spinner did in a DK weight for me and some unknown handspun, but rejected them both because I thought it might be too much color and pattern all at once. Now I'm wondering — did I pick the wrong yarn?
I'm going to go forward with Cleo. It's a fun and simple pattern to knit and I need something easy and portable for travel the rest of the month. The Afghan has become too big for a travel project and I need a break from the Barn Raising Quilts squares. So Drop Stitch and I will travel together, and we will see how it turns out in Cleo.