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Inkmama
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Posted - 12/28/2005 :  1:01:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message
Has anyone made this scarf? I see it uses needlepoint yarn--Paternayan Persian Yarn. Any words about his scarf or about sources that sell the yarn?

Barbara

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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  06:25:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Needlepoint yarn is thin, multi-stand, fuzzy. I've been eyeing this scarf for over a year, but being who I am will use something at the shop instead of what is called for. Post if you start this, would love to see some done up! Hmm, time to google :)

The Irish Ewe
Norway, Maine
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  06:48:09 AM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message
There is a KAL for this project:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/coloroncolour/

And also it has been discussed some in KR as well.

Sharon
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klfrazier
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  07:22:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
I did do this scarf, and it was a lot of fun - although it was also a lot of headaches. I have discussed it in the past topics, but here's a few of my comments.

The designer doesn't actually do the pattern as she works, so there are some errors in the pattern, mostly with the color numbers. It's meant to be an inspiration piece, and she intends you to put your own stamp on it. In other words, if you are a bit OCD about fallowing directions exactly, you will go nuts with this scarf.

I did join the yahoo KAL, but found that it wasn't that helpful. The few questions I had - mostly about the guage issue - were discussed very early on. Since last spring, most of the posted comments are just about where everyone is on the scarf. I'm personally not a KAL sort of person, and so none of this interested me. I had hoped to have more technical info and more discussion of details, but it just didn't happen. There is a very helpful chart with all of the color numbers and a description of the color.

I did use the suggested yarn, and am very glad I did it. One of my LYS sells the Paternayans in the 8 yard skeins (not those silly knots that the errata tells you to buy!), and it was just easier for me to use that than to make decisions on how to substitute 47ish colors!

The big question is the guage. Originally the scarf was to be felted a tad, but it never happened, and so the guage is a bit more open than I was used to. Also, to get guage I had to go to a size 8 needle. Many, many people who've knit this scarf think that the size 5 listed in the book is a mistake, and that they meant a 5mm size 8 instead because it's VERY difficult to get the correct guage on a size 5. (The powers that be swear the book is correct.)

In the end it was very worth it, and I get a lot of compliments on my scarf. Feel free to PM or email me if you have any questions!

Kristin

PS. I did dump the 30+ tiny I-cords on one end. I HATE I-cord, and it took almost a week to get the big ones in the center back done. There was no way I was going to waste more time on those little bitties!
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The Irish Ewe
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  12:33:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit The Irish Ewe's Homepage Send The Irish Ewe a Private Message
Thanks Kristin for all the notes, and Sharon for the link!

The Irish Ewe
Norway, Maine
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Inkmama
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  12:40:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit Inkmama's Homepage Send Inkmama a Private Message
Your details are great, Kristin. Do you have a photo of your scarf posted anywhere?

Barbara

Writing blog: http://penonfire.blogspot.com

Knitting blog: http://knittingonfire.blogspot.com
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frenetic@charter.net
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  1:47:57 PM  Show Profile Send frenetic@charter.net a Private Message
If you join the KAL, you can view the photos of members who have completed the project as well as some work in progress. There are some people who have used other yarn too (Marion comes to mind--she is one of the first photos listed). Someone purchased a ton of J&S I think and used that, but personally, I like the variety of colors you get with the Paternayan yarn. My complaint with this yarn was that it crimped when it was frogged, even if you did not have it knit for a few minutes (well maybe not that quick), and the lengths were so short. I also ran out, and there were a few colors that I have not used yet, even though I am 3/4 finished. I agree that the KAL is not much help, except I referred to the photos to make sure I was doing the right thing, as I am fairly new to some of the techniques and did not always understand what to do next.
Sharon
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klfrazier
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  2:44:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit klfrazier's Homepage Send klfrazier a Private Message
No problem! I really enjoyed this project, but as I said there were a few issues. I'm happy to share whatever info I have with anyone else who wants to make this scarf.

I haven't taken any pictures of mine yet (it went straight from needles to being in use), but then it's really no different from the original. I agree that the KAL is a good place to look for better photos than those in the book.

I almost choaked when I saw the errata page telling people they needed to buy the "knots" of Paternayan. Imagine how many ends there would be if you had 8 - 1 yard lengths instead of the 8 yard skeins! I can't imagine why they did that if both are available.

The color list does state that several colors are only for I-cord. I took those back. I did find that there were two shades of a bittersweet orange that were switched in the pattern based on how much I actually used of each. I think I only ran out of one other color - but did come very, very close on two others.

I'm in the process of packing up my office right now (it's becoming a nursery) and so I'm not sure where my notes are, or I would be better help!

Kristin
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angelcooper@hotmail.com
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Posted - 12/29/2005 :  3:33:05 PM  Show Profile Send angelcooper@hotmail.com a Private Message
I too am working on the scarf using the persian yarns and got mine at May Needlearts in the 8 yard lengths. They are having a sale on them now so that this is a good time to buy them.

http://www.mayneedlearts.com

Happy knitting!



Angel
Knitting and spinning in the Shenandoah Valley

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