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Garter Stitch, Handspun and a Local Yarn Quest

By August 2, 2012

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I have been really busy knitting projects for my book that's due this fall, but every now and then I just can't resist knitting up a little something for fun. And this Garter Dropped Stitch Scarf made with handspun yarn certainly was a lot of fun to knit. It's a super quick and easy project that shows off the earthiness of a handspun, handdyed yarn without much effort on your part.

dropped garter stitch scarfThe Garter Dropped Stitch Scarf (or part of it, anyway). © Sarah E. White.

This would be great Olympics knitting because you almost don't have to pay any attention to it at all. Even if you mess up and knit more or fewer rows between the drop stitch sections (and I'll admit I did a time or several) no one will really notice. They'll just be looking at how pretty the yarn is.

The yarn! This yarn is called Iris, and its from my online buddy Riin at Happy Fuzzy Yarn. Great name, right? Of course you could use any handspun you like -- especially if you have some of your own lying around -- but I love the way the colors work in this one. It's almost like stripes, but a lot more subtle. I can't wait until it's cool enough to try this scarf out.

Speaking of Riin, I also wanted to let you know of a really cool project she's got going as we speak at Indiegogo. She's raising money to produce a completely made in Michigan yarn. She happens to live in the county in Michigan with the most sheep, but she buys  fiber from elsewhere because of the expense. Funding the project, which is actually for a wool/alpaca blend, with both fibers coming from Michigan, basically buys you some of the yarn that hasn't been made yet. As I write this the campaign has 22 more days on it and she's a little more than halfway there. Good luck, Riin! Can't wait to see the yarn.

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