Friday, February 01, 2008

Camel Light

In general, I am for knitting with as many random fibers as possible. Sure, there are the basics, wool, cotton, silk, alpaca, cashmere, bamboo, angora and even acrylic. There's some qiviuk and even some nettle in the stash, but this was my first attempt with camel.
Yep, camel yarn, conviently camel-colored, though it comes in many varieties.
Really, you would not believe how soft it is. It's not quite cashmere, but it's up there with alpaca on the softness scale.

(Oh yeah, that's my rug. Isn't it cool?)
The fiber is magnificent, but the yarn itself left a little something to be desired. I found it to be incredibly thin, and wound up doubling it for the scarf.

The scarf is about 20 stitches wide, done in seed stitch until I ran out of yarn. I didn't think about it at the time, but now I find the seed stitch amusing because in my mind it's now a lot of little camel humps.
This is probably one of the nicest scarves I own, and I'm very happy with it. I wasn't happy with the yarn single stranded though. But it was certainly enough to get me to use more camel from a different company, and I am completely in love with it. (More on that later, though. )

In Summary:
Pattern: Seed stitch
Yarn: Blithe by Classic Elite (100% camel, 128 yards)- 2 skeins (held doubled)
Needle: Probably a US 7 (4.5 mm)
Time: A few days of mindless knitting
Cost: $30 (really, it's not that bad for a dress scarf)(right?)


Amanda said...

Really pretty! Now I really want to knit with camel yarn too..

Pam the Yarn Goddess said...

I have a camel yarn that is much thicker than what you describe. It wasn't cheap, but it's softer than any cashmere I've ever used, and I'm saving it for something very special.

I used to work at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in Nuclear Chemistry, as well as another division with physicists. You would love working there - it's so interesting, and the people are terrific. They also threw wicked Christmas parties with homemade brew from grain alcohol they got through Stores LOL.

DK said...


carol said...

Scarves, camels and knitting! ! !

It is very pretty and I can "feel" the softness after WORKING with HEMP.

My life style is not conducive to owning many scarves and that combined with mid-south warm weather - - - - -soooooo

knitting Washclothes are another story. HOWEVER grrr grrr on hemp.
Can you hear/read my growls of exasperation? ? ? ?

Had to "vent" and you guys got hit.

Carol Ah now I feel better.

Carrie Penny said...

OH! I want some camel loves!

Jen said...

That is a pretty scarf. Like Amanda, now I need to score some camel yarn.

carol said...

Hey, what are you doing these days? Will send you via email a pic of that dammmmmmmm washcloth.

All the mistakes are by "design" only and were created to make the dumb thing beeautifullll.

And then the Superbowl. Have you protested that the companies don't include CATS in some of them???