One of my dear friends had a birthday in September. I knew she wanted a bracelet from a certain catalog so I order that up and thought that would be that. Well one month later, there was still no bracelet–apparently it was back ordered and the only reason I knew that, was that I kept checking the order status. Uh, what no email all of a sudden–they have no problem emailing me their sale blasts? I was seriously annoyed and it was three weeks past the occasion already! Bastards.
Well I put on my knitting cap and canceled that freaking bracelet order and found some Sanskrit yarn at Artfibers when Claudia and I cruised by last week. This is 100% sari silk hand spun in Nepal. I’ve always liked the look of this richly colored, textured yarn, but all the examples I’d ever seen were sooooo scratchy. When I petted the Sanskrit I was amazed at how soft and lustrous it was. All the skeins are of course slightly different, as they’re hand spun, but I found a 276 gram skein of primaries that would be gorgeous on my friend.
The pattern I chose was the Multi-Directional Scarf pattern to show off the yummy color changes to maximum effect. This is a fun pattern and it’s free! I know it’s quite popular to knit up this pattern in variegated yarn with long repeats. Well, I used 276 grams of Sanskrit on #10 needles and made a scarf 4" x 60" not including fringe. I have NO yarn leftover. None. Zip.
I know it’s hard to see the color on computer screens, but it looks so pretty in the sunlight. You can just imagine all those gorgeous saris and huge bags of scraps and remnants getting mushed up for the spinners. I don’t actually know how it’s done, but in my mind they have big wine making vats full of silk remnants. I can dream. Sari Silk Syrah anyone?