I just love the colors in this scarf. As I spinning the yarn I knew that it would not be in the stash very long before I started to use it in a project. I like how the yellow moves from orange to pink and back again to yellow. I liked all the colors in the roving - but it seems to look even better in the finished yarn to me. I really like how it held the color sections to make stripes.
I've being eyeing this pattern for awhile, really ever since I saw the handspun version on Smoking Hot Needles. I had just started to get interested in spinning when I saw this and figured it would be a good project once I was able to spin an appropriate yarn. I thought of this pattern as soon as I saw the roving. So I did spin the yarn with this pattern in mind.
The pattern was very easy to memorize and travelled well. I was able to put this into a small drawstring bag and carry it around with me until it was finished. It went quickly too - it probably helped that I was traveling for work and I was cooped up in hotels an airports. That is always conducive to easy knitting projects.
I like the wave appearance in the stitch pattern. It reminds me of the Lizard Ridge Afghan pattern I knit. The dropped stitches are nice and show off the handspun yarn very well. An added bonus is that the dropped stitches seem to help you get maximum length out of a skein of yarn for a scarf. I was very please that I was able to get this length, 65.5 inches, of scarf out of one skein of my handspun.
I did have to block the scarf to end up with the best finished length possible. I was hesitant to block it though because I liked the way everything looked unblocked. I blocked my chevron scarf and was actually sorry I did. But I wanted the extra length the blocking would give so I went ahead and blocked. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. I like the finished project very much; in fact, I think I like it better blocked. It seems to show off the yarn a little better than it did before. I wish I had taken pictures before the blocking so I could compare it here.
Pattern: Morning Surf Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer (Ravelry pattern link)
Yarn: Geddesburg Handspun Yarn
Skein weight - 4 ounces; 320 yards
WPI: 15 wraps per inch
Dyed by Traveling Rhinos
Needles: addi TURBO Needles - US# 5 (3.75 mm)
Finished Measurements: 7 inches wide and 65.5 inches long
Notes: No pattern modifications