I have been working on scarves lately. I guess what got me started was reading Willa's knitting journal entry about the Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf, and then I saw her pictures. These scarves are really easy to make and they come out so beautifully. I'm really enjoying making the one I'm working on now. I didn't have any of the Noro Silk Garden that Willa used to make hers, but I did have some Alpaca yarn in my stash and decided to use that. It's a variegated yarn and it's looking really good, having subtle color changes, but because I'm such a color person, I'm not really happy with the way the color is turning out. I think this particular yarn just doesn't do the pattern justice, so I ordered some Noro Silk Garden from The Yarn Market. They said they ship out the next day, so hopefully by the time I finish this scarf, my new yarn will be here.
You can't really see the diagonal pattern in the picture below. I guess the yarn is too dark. If you double click on the picture you can see it a little better.
It's funny because my local yarn store said that they used to sell Noro yarn, but they were not happy with it because they said it had a bunch of junk in it and that it was scratchy and hard to work with. Since I have never worked with it I can't make a judgment on that, but the Noro Silk Garden seemed like it should be soft. The yarn store recommended a wool yarn by Diakeito that seemed kind of rough feeling to me, so I didn't buy it. I really wanted to use a variegated yarn with this pattern because I want to see the beautiful color changes as the pattern comes together.