There's plain ol' yarn in the stash and then there's the yarn that calls out to you, saying "Why am I still in the stash? I'm too beautiful and smooshy to stay in the stash!!!" This ArtYarn Ultramerino 8 is definitely in the second category. It's been taunting me for months, wondering why I haven't turned it into some beautiful project to match its friends the Fetching mitts that I knit way back in September 2006.
I think it's probably a crime to let yarn this nice marinate in the stash that long, especially when you have no plans for how to use it! Addressing this serious lack of stash-usage was easy though:
Pattern: Diagonal Lace Scarf (free pattern!) by Helena of Midnight Purls
Yarn: Artyarns Ultramerino 8 in colorway 111
Needles: #7 Addi Natura
Started: 20 May 2008
Finished: 5 June 2008
Will I make this again? Possibly. Easy to memorize pattern, beautiful results.
I love how this turned out, even if 90 degree weather is an inappropriate time for a photo shoot with a wool scarf. The stitch pattern is incredibly easy to remember - that's saying a lot because I'm generally horrible at remembering even simple stitch patterns. My only concern is that it feels a bit like this scarf is going to tend to roll into a tube a lot. I can't say for sure yet and won't know until it cools off enough to wear it a bit.
I stood in the sunshine long enough for Tim to take a picture even if it was crazy hot outside:
After this, I realized that I actually have two more skeins of this yarn (in a different colorway) also hanging out in the stash. After knitting with the ultramerino and realizing how wonderful it knits up, I feel compelled to come up with some project ideas for it now!