The wonderful Jennifer sent me a RAOK that has me bouncing with joy. This yarn is a divine mix of 16% mohair, 72% acrylic and 12% polyester, so it is, you guessed it, machine washable! It feels soft and warm
I really, really like the colour too. It reminds me of a gentle, fluffy cloud springtime sky. I like this so much I dropped everything and started swatching. This would make a yummy shawl. I looked through all my patterns (meaning the one book and three magazines I own) but couldn't find anything calling for this amount of yarn, so I decided, "hey, I'll just make it up as I go along!". So what if I've only been knitting for about 6 weeks. Audacious is my middle name. I cast on 3 stitches, then motored away in st st, increasing around the center stitch on every knit row. So, those of you who are more experienced knitters than I, or just plain smarter than I, have already realized I have a problem on my hands, er, needles.
Here's how it looks in closeup, with the needle stretched straight:
Nice eh? I have a feeling that roll edge is just going to get worse as I go along. Perhaps its time to re-think this.
I've cast on again, on needles two sizes larger, and will alternate increasing in the middle with increasing on the ends and see if that solves my little roll problem. I'll report the results tomorrow. But if any of you would care to take pity on me and provide a solution, I'd be most grateful.