Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What Do You Do With It?
The Red Heart Yarn Company invented this new yarn which doesn't look anything like yarn.  Each time I was in the store, I would stop and admire all of the unique color combinations, some with just a hint of sparkle and others adorned with sequins.  A few times I even fingered the strands of "yarn," wondering still, how do to work with this?
I finally broke down and watched a video on YouTube, produced by the Red Heart Company, on how to knit this yarn into a ruffle scarf...  hey, I can knit!  So I took the plunge and bought a skein.
I have to admit, it is cumbersome to knit with.  You work along the un-embellished edge, picking up the thread at the very top of the yarn.  You need to turn the work in the same direction each time to knit the next row.  What you end up with has a very even, symmetrical effect; each row falls nicely into a cone shape draped just above the row before it.  As nice as it was, I ripped it out and started over.
I've seen some lovely ruffle scarves, and the best ones seem to be very random  although the ruffles are all the same size, they lay at different angles and pitch, giving the scarf a whimsical, playful appearance.  This was not something I was going to achieve with two needles.  Although crochet is not my strong suit, I decided that this yarn needs to be worked with a single hook.
And - voila!  Just the look I wanted!!  Working on the same un-embellished edge, I picked up eight stitches and pulled the ninth one through the first eight, creating the ruffles.  When I reached the desired length, I turned around and connected the subsequent ruffles to the chain as I went, until I was back to the beginning.  The first few were tedious, but now they are pretty quick to make.
I really like the way the ruffles aren't all exactly the same.  Crocheting this yarn does make the ruffles fuller as well.   After all, if you're going to put a length of ruffles around your neck, they need to look ruffly!

So the next time you're in a store and pass by a display of this new-fangled yarn, don't let it scare you!  Pick up a skein in your favorite color and give it a go.