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DNA scarf update

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I know I haven’t posted for about a week but I only have one WIP- this scarf- which moves pretty slowly. I’ll just post occasional picture updates of it since its a repeated pattern. Right now, it’s about 20″ long.

In more exciting news, my Elsa wool yarn should be getting here by Friday! I’m really excited!

The right yarn for the project

My next sweater intermediary project was going to be this DNA helix patterned scarf. The pattern calls for a sport weight yarn (~120 yds/50g) made of 25% baby alpaca, 25% merino, and 50% tencel. This original yarn, however, was discontinued a while ago.
At Michaels, it was almost impossible to find any sport weight yarn which has a 2 in the little skein symbol on the label. There were lots of 1s, 3s, and 4s but basically no 2s. I did find a skein that had a similar yd/g ratio called Bernat softee baby which is 100% acrylic. It only came in pastels except for a nice grey marled color. I bought two skeins, tired of digging through shelves that didn’t really seem to be organized in any particular way.

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I started knitting a swatch tonight and I don’t like this yarn at all. It feels really soft but the individual strands unravel very easily when I try to use it. The pattern uses size 2 and 4 needles so this is pretty annoying. The color is also way too busy for the pattern. The stitches are relatively intricate, but it all gets lost in the ridiculous speckles. I got about 1.5″ through my swatch and decided it wasn’t worth taking the time to finish it. This is what it looks like:

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I’ll have to go search for a different yarn before I can do this pattern. Sport yarns seem to be relatively rare though so I might have to venture to my Local Yarn Shop for the first time (well, kind of local. Its about 10 miles away) which I wanted to do anyway.
For now, I guess I’ll just have to work on the sweater for a bit. Endless stockinette stitch just kind of gets old…
Or I suppose I could actually get some reading done for my classes…. We’ll see