Pattern: Lady Eleanor, from Scarf Style
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden #268
I started this project in October 2007 and finished it last weekend. The knitting was actually done for some time, but it took me a while to get around to the fringe.
I love this pattern. I love this scarf/stole. She’s stunningly beautiful, and I can’t even believe that I knit this wonder. The pattern is deceptively simple, but completing this project made me feel like a Knitter, with a capital ‘K.’
One very valuable lesson learned after knitting this: I can use my washer to soak and spin large knitting projects without damaging them. I wasn’t looking forward to squeezing out the water by hand after soaking something this big. I was trepidatious going into it, but the washer worked perfectly. No agitation or rinsing. Just a soak – with Soak – and a short spin cycle. It came out practically dry and completely unharmed.
I know a lot of people who knit this stole skipped the knotted fringe, but I like the little delicacy that it adds. And since it’s imperfectly knotted with such a rustic looking yarn, it balances out the stole quite well.