In the sea from you to me

Pattern: One-Row Handspun Scarf by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Yarn: Knit Picks Decadence (100% alpaca, discontinued), colorway Tide
Needles: U.S. 9 Signature Needle Arts straights

I admit that I have been on a scarf kick this winter. The advantages to scarf knitting were compelling: Knittable on my beautiful straight needles, portable and easily memorized patterns, one size fits all.

When I unpacked this yarn from my stash, the pattern I had included with it was a pair of felted slippers. But this is luxury yarn. It seemed a shame to use it without patterning, without curb appeal, without pizzaz. So I went looking for scarves that would work with 240 yards of pure alpaca goodness.

It was Teresa — needlenhook on Ravelry — who inspired me. She knit the ultra-simple, insanely rewarding One-Row Handspun Scarf (4000 projects and counting) with this yarn on a nice big needle and then blocked the heck out of it. Suddenly a simple scarf became embracing, luxuriously lacey, almost a stole. When I saw her photos of the scarf draped dramatically around a dress form, I knew I had found what this yarn wanted to be.

My sister-in-law Sherri was the lucky recipient of this glorious knit. I’m sorry to see it leave my needles, my stash, and my gift bin. But I know it will warm and soothe her as much in the wearing as it did me in the knitting. And isn’t that what handknit gifts are all about?

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