Monday, September 29, 2008

Silk Neck Warmer

Pattern: DK Buttoned Neck Warmer and Hat (free pattern from my LYS)
Yarn: Manos Silk Blend (30% Silk, 70% Merino)
Needles: Size 6 circular

Last Friday I felt I deserved to treat myself to new yarn. That was THE DAY that I was going to the dentist and GI specialist. (Just a little stress and in need of a total body makeover!) So inbetween appointments, I visited my LYS. I fell in love with this colorway, though it was difficult to make a decision because they were all beautiful. The pictures do not do the color of the yarn justice. Vision it as shiny and silky.
You can't see the lace effect in each of the triangles but they are there. There will be buttons joining the fronts. I may have to make some adjustments and I know exactly what kind of buttons I want. However, it is going to be a treasure hunt.
The tag says, "The Hands of Uraguay" is a non-profit organization which assembles over 400 artisans in cooperatives scattered throughout the countryside of Uraguay. The aim is to bring economic and social opportunities to rural women.

Now the kicker to all of this is that I was busy chatting with the clerk and didn't notice the price of the yarn. The prices are located on the shelf itself and I must have gotten confused. I would not have made this purchase had I realized the $$$ amount. Oh, well!!! It was meant to be.

While at my LYS I mentioned I had recently purchased some of their new "Jitterbug" yarn (again, a little pricey) and that I was disappointed as there were several knots in the yarn. I was told that the manufacturer (and, thus my LYS) does not accept returns unless there are 4-5 knots per skein. Now really, I might as well go to Jo-Ann's and buy cheap yarn if that is the case. I will write to the manufacturer and complain.

Note: Pattern and yarn do not come from the same LYS

Happy Knitting!


  1. Gorgeous! Can't wait to see it finished. You do derserve some new yarn and you picked a beauty

  2. Beautiful!! I can't wait to see it finished. Soooo sorry about the knots in your other yarn. That is such a pain. I have quit buying some yarns because of that reason.
    I know that there is one yarn company that I had this problem with. I complained to them and they sent me 5 free skeins to replace the 2 I had a problem with.
    I hope that they decide to fix the problem.

  3. It is indeed a beautiful color way, I will be waiting for the picture when you finish. :) Good for you for writing to complain to the yarn company about paying that price and finding not one or even two but several knots!! I'm appalled that you found any knots at all in that pricey yarn!! I find it irritating to buy expensive yarn and find one knot, but any more than that is outrageous and unacceptable to me. Otherwise you are right, I can go buy walmart or Joann's yarn and only occationally find a knot in the yarn. That is one reason I spin my own I can tell you.

  4. The yarn looks deserve some nice & pricey yarn every once and awhile.

    We have something else in common.....again! We both have the Pink Denise Interhcangeables!

    Happy Knitting & stay healthy!

  5. I love your silk neck warmer, beautiful colorway. Look forward to seeing it finished. I know exactly what you mean about the knots.

  6. It's beautiful!

    That's one of the reasons I like buying from Lisa Souza at she tries hard to catch all the knots as she winds off from the cones, and she'll stop it there and that's the end of that skein. No knots allowed in her work.

  7. The yarn and the neck warmer are beautiful! It's good to treat yourself to something a little extravagant every now and then.

    As for knots in the yarn: when I toured the yarn factory this summer I learned a lot about the processing of a commercial yarn product, and I am much more forgiving of knots now. However, I agree that with the price of some of these premium yarns they should take the time and care to make sure that several do not slip into a single skein. They can sell their "mill ends" at a discount if need be!

  8. Love the neck's similar to one I thought of making, extending the center section to make a capelette for my DIL

    Isn't that a kicker about the knots? It must be so common place now that they don't care about customer service cuz it costs too much. I didn't find any knots in the Red Heart Heart and Sole I bought.....

    Is the silk sweet to work with? I have some 100% I spun but just haven't played with it yet.

  9. Oh my that is soooo lovely! Enjoy, you deserve it. And I love the pattern you're knitting up. Can't wait to see it all finished.

  10. Beautiful colors. Sorry to hear it's edge!

    Knots..errrrrrrrr, thats happening far too often these days. Must be the way some of the makers are cutting costs?


  11. we buy fabric dyed/stamped from artisians too. Pricey yep but we got help fellow artists right?
    The colors are to die for- can't wait to see it finished.
    The one's store customer service needs to be addressed though a boycott

  12. It's amazing how that special yarn just jumps out to you and the price is always not seen. Happens to me all the tim! I think your yarn is beautiful, you made a good choice!

  13. Oh, wow, that's some beautiful yarn. And a perfect pattern for it.

  14. I'm still a bit confused by the followers of the blog thing. Some show up and some don't. Is it your understanding it's still a new feature that doesn't work for all?

    What does LYS mean?

    Have a great week

  15. Would you consider selling or sharing your manos silk neck warmer pattern. Just love it.