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.Talk About Tigers... And Why You Should Block Your Knits.

Talk about tigers...
Yarn: Knitlob's Lair Väinämöinen shade calico
Needles: 5.0mm
Crochet hook: 3.5mm

Instead of normal bind-off edge I decided to continue the feeling of lace and used a crochet hook to "knit 3 st together" and making a chain in-between. I don't really crochet so I'm not familiar with the right terms, especially not in English, but if you want to know more I will try and explain myself better. Just ask. 

The scarf was really easy and effortless to knit and I finished it in a couple of nights. Just the right amount of mindless meditation knitting with a little twist so you don't get totally bored. I still have mixed feelings about the yarn, though. It was an impulse purchase from my LYS and as with many multicoloured yarns the colours looked wonderful and delicious when the yarn was still in a hank-shaped skein. I often find it hard to find good patterns for this type of yarn though. I don't like it when I can't control the colours and whether they pool or make individual stripes. 

I love all the colours of this yarn but the result was a bit too much contrast for my liking. It reminds me of bees or well, tigers... I would probably liked more if the colours were more of a subtle contrast instead of bright yellow and green so dark it's almost black.

Oh and almost forgot. If anyone still keeps wondering why you should block your knits, here's a good reason. This is how the scarf looked straight from my needles:


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