© Carina Spencer
Last year at Rhinebeck Scalene was on my list of projects to shop for. You can knit it with or without strips. You need two colors: one with approximately 400 yards and one with approximately 200 yards. My sister decided she would make it too.
Initially I had a lovely skein of teal yarn that I was going to use with it. Nancy vetoed it for not having enough contrast. Apparently she can be the boss of me because I listened.
Scalene moved to the back burner since I didn't have the second color. Recently we got tosh sock (Fingering: 100% Merino, 395 yards) in at Westport Yarns. There was a lovely grey that would work.
I really liked the striped version. However, I knew I might be slightly light on yardage for that. I had a nagging feeling in my mind.
That feeling manifested itself when I neared the end of my project and knew I was going to be short on the purple. Well, I figured that's ok, I must have lots of purple leftovers that could substitute.
Not ONE of them was a perfect match. Seriously? It's one stripe, the other yarn was hand-dyed with variations. No one will ever (really) notice.
I phoned my sister:
Me: Are you still working on Scalene?
Nancy: Yes, I'm nearly done.
Me: Which version did you knit? Stripes or No Stripes.
Nancy: No stripes, you told me we didn't have enough yarn for stripes (apparently sometimes I am the boss of her).
Me: Ohhhh, well, I was right. Hence nagging feeling.
Finished, before blocking my measurements were 54" across the longest part, and 16" down the center. I went merrily along soaking it to block.
It blocked out to 66" across the longest part and kept the 16" down the center. Note to self, compare pre-blocked measurements before blocking: 50"/15".
A couple of things became clear:
1. I didn't have to block it.
2. My gauge was larger than the pattern.
3. Just because a pattern is "easy" doesn't mean I don't have to pay close attention to the fine print.
Ah, I continue to live and learn at the hand of my own mistakes. I tossed it in the dryer when it was damp. This brought it back to 58"/15.5". It'll be fine. It's a scarf and I do love how it came out.
Footnote: Nancy is ready to knit the part that sits above the slit. She's not confident in her yardage and is going to stripe the last section. I have to admit, I'm a little jealous. I think it will look really cool that way: solid purple, solid gray, striped purple/gray.