Back at the beginning of January, I was having a mad love affair with Berroco’s new yarn Flicker. Flicker is a blend of 87% Baby Alpaca/8% Acrylic/5% Other Fiber (the sparkle). I was nervous about going to TNNA and how my yarn ADD might take over and make me forget all about Flicker. I was tempted, as you’ll see in the coming days – REALLY TEMPTED. Yet I have stayed true to my Flicker, which pleases me to no end.
Flicker is super soft and because of the acrylic content and its construction, its lofty, light and has a wee bit of stretch or “memory” to it. I knew I wanted to knit a simple scarf that would be squishy and cozy and warm. I initially thought of a rib pattern but then took to my stitch pattern books for further inspiration. I couldn’t shake the ribbing out of my head and finally decided to go with my gut. I cast on for a 4×4 rib – big and chunky-ish – I knew it would fit my criteria for this project, even if it’s not the most inventive or challenging pattern. I was so right! Yay me! Here’s my progress to date:
I’ve got about 25″ knit and I’m nearly through my second ball. The first ball got me 15″ so I’m figuring 4 for this project. The yarn calls for a #9 needles but because (a) I’m a tight knitter and (b) I wanted as much squish and loft as I could get without having a sleazy fabric, I am up on a #10.5. I have not question I could have gone to a #11. Look at my loft and squish:
I’m using my WEBS Interchangeable Needles and they are a dream with this yarn. No snagging or anything and the stitches are sliding seamless over the joins. This yarn is a dream to work with. For the record, my width is about 6.5″ unblocked and relaxed.
I’m not as far along as I would like to be – story of my knitting & crocheting life isn’t it? But I am staying true to the scarf until I get to the 45″ mark or 3 hanks knit. Then as a reward I will allow myself to add another project into the mix.
Had I been smart, I would have opted to make something a bit less time consuming. The lovely Andra designed the Grey Quartz Cowl using only 2 skeins of Flicker.
(Photo courtesy of www.andra-asars.com)
She’s a faster knitter than I to boot. Oh well, I am going to love my scarf and it’s all mine. Of course, given the freezing cold, snowy weather we’re having, I am guaranteed an early spring if I get this project finished by March 1st
Next update at the 45″ mark!