Little did Kelly know when she admired Mary Hancock-Richens “Missoni Inspired Scarf” that we’d end up having such a darn good time with it! The pattern is simple, easy to memorize, and produces a lovely, lacy scarf-y shawl-y wrap for summer. We’d just received a big box of Noro Taiyo Lace at the shop, and we thought, as did cattrio4me on Ravelry, that the scarf would be fabulous in Noro Taiyo. I suggested we knit it together and BAM! We had a nice, big KAL going. I don’t think either of us foresaw that the idea would be so popular. Our KAL group, Noro Meets Missoni, has 21 members including an intrepid knitter from LA, at last count!
We had a splendid kick-off at Rosehaven on Sunday, April 26 and had our second meeting last night at Picton Golf Course. What a great, un-sung little bistro this is (I’d love to go back for brunch) and what an extraordinary view of the bay! It’s too bad it didn’t show better in the photo…I knew I should have grabbed a specific shot of the view.
I think we are achieving some stellar results. We are working with 3 different color ways, 57, 2, and 8 (I believe). It is astonishing what different results we’re seeing. These color ways cover an extremely broad color range within each skein which makes each change a surprise. It’s a very exciting yarn to work with, although somewhat frustrating at times. Many knitters are finding that the fluffy bits tend to shatter as mine did during my cast on row. Others are finding the thinnest parts almost cobweb-like and I think all of us have felt some frustration with the yarn twisting back on itself in places where it seems to be over-spun. Because of this, it tends to snag up a little inside the center pull ball producing what Kelly likes to call “Yarn Barf”. Ultimately, I think it requires a very light hand and a quite loose tension. In the end, I think we’re all impressed with the lovely rustic airiness of the fabric.
I can’t wait to see the progress over the next few weeks! Even if you’re not interested in knitting along, please feel free to join our Ravelry group “Noro Meets Missoni” and of course, everyone is welcome at our evenings of Knitting-in-Public. See you there!