November 21, 2009


Posted in Finished Objects at 3:39 pm by merknits

It’s nice to have a use for hats and scarves now!  And I’ve discovered, unfortunately, that my neck is pretty sensitive to wool.  So that means that most of the scarves that I’ve made in the past are unwearable for me.  Of course having only worn them for FO pictures in Houston, I wouldn’t have realized that. 🙂  So I knit up a quick bulky scarf that is mostly cotton but will keep me warm:

braided scarf

Pattern: Braided from Spud & Chloe
Yarn: Zoal Big Cash, 3 balls
Notes: Pretty straightforward and quick knit!  I made the middle ribbed section longer instead of alternating ribbed and braided sections equally as written in the pattern.  The yarn is really not fun to knit with – it feels like knitting with a heavy piece of rope.  But it isn’t scratchy, at least!

ripley hat

ripley hat back

Pattern: Ripley, from Ysolda’s Whimsical Little Knits 2
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay Wool Classica, my souvenir yarn from Bainbridge Island
Notes:  Again, I love this pattern book!  And the hat was super quick to knit up.  The Manos is rather scratchy, but hopefully I can deal with it as a hat.

I’m liking my new job, but it’s really cutting in to my knitting time!  Hopefully I’ll have a chance to work on some of the holiday gifts that I have in mind.



  1. Ceci said,

    Hi Mer –
    Cute scarf and adorabe hat!! I am also sensitive to many wools … there are some beautiful bamboo yarns, cotton/viscose/silk blends and many with only a small wool content that might work for you. has some nice blends. Glad to hear work is good. Are you still in non-profit?Those little French Press slippers are a perfect design. Have fun with them 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving – Ceci

  2. essjay said,

    I have similar problems with wool (animal fibers) on my neck. I’ve found that Malabrigo is just about the only one I can tolerate. I’m glad the scarf turned out comfy despite the yarn not being good to knit with. Glad you are liking your new job!

  3. del said,

    At least now you get to wear all of your hand-knits! 🙂 That scarf is so cool.

  4. Debby said,

    It must be fun to be able to knit hats and scarves that you can wear all winter now! I love the colors in your hat especially. Glad to hear your new job is going well!

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