When I approach a customer who’s browsing and ask them what they like to knit, they often say, almost, guiltily, “Oh, I’m not really a knitter, I only knit scarves.” Wait a minute! What’s wrong with scarves? That’s like someone saying, “I’m not really a baker, I only bake bread.” Like bread, a scarf is a perfect little project with endless opportunities for learning and discovery. You can spend your entire life knitting only scarves and develop more technical skill than someone who knits the same sweater over and over again. It’s up to you and what you make of it. As a new knitter, it was probably a scarf that taught you about how stockinette stitch rolls and garter stitch doesn’t. It was probably a scarf that taught you how bad a too tight cast on or bind off is, and it was probably in a scarf that you first learned how to join a new skein of yarn. But when you’ve past those early lessons, is there nothing more you can learn from a scarf” Of course not! You can learn cables, lace, and intricate stitch patterns. You can learn Fair Isle and intarsia. And you can see so clearly the subtleties of matching increases and decreases. If you’ve knit Norah Gaughan’s Eastscarf then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Our Thursday Afternoon Scarf Club is a great way to jump in. We make our way through several key scarf patterns as a means of building new skills, refining our techniques, and increasing our accessory wardrobe! Sound like fun? It will be fantastic! Working through a book many of you already have, Scarf Style, we’ll tackle cables, bobbles, colorwork, and entrelac. Each scarf will begin with a class on the basic technique, then we’ll jump in and work the project together. If you’re already comfortable with the technique being used in that scarf, then just come get some yarn and join us. Every Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. both shops. Join us!