I had been doing very well on my yarn diet, until I came across 272-yard skeins of Briggs and Little yarn for $3.50 a pop. It was too cheap to pass up, so I bought out the whole stock (5 skeins) of Quoddy Blue, from the Regal line:I love that heathered blue.
So I decided that I'd knit a scarf for my dad for Christmas, as well as give him a coupon for a knitted object of his choice, which he can then redeem. I'm hoping he picks socks, and not a sweater.
For those of you who have worked with Briggs and Little before, you know it's not exactly a soft yarn. At all. In fact, I'm seriously wondering why I bought such rough-textured yarn. Oh wait- because I got 1360 yards of it for $17.50. But I'm told that it is possible to soften rough yarn with a nice bath and some hair conditioner. Is this the best option? I'll have to look into it further.
But in the meantime, can I say what a sheer joy that scarf pattern is? It's from the Yarn Harlot, and can be found here. It's only a 4 stitch repeat, only one row, and it's completely reversable. I can knit it while I read (book propped open with my knee). Isn't it great when you don't even have to look at it?! I finished this book tonight, then looked down and was pleasantly surprised to see that I'm almost halfway there.