My friend Kathryn (as seen on the readergirlz Teen Read Week posters) turned out to be the perfect companion for just such an occasion: she turned me on to Ravelry.com, a social networking site devoted to the yarn-obsessed, through which we found Knitting, Etc. in Ithaca, NY (say it with me, "Oooooooooh...").
I found bamboo needles as thick as my husband's thumb. I found feather-soft Alpaca in the most scrumptious shade of dove grey. I found this unbelievable book of knitting designs that I would actually wear (so far I've only made sweaters for husband and You-Know-Who and only scarves for myself). See it and drool:
Very easy lacy huge-needle Alpaca scarf
1 ball feather-soft Alpaca yarn
Needles in size 19
- Cast on 15 stitches.
- Row 1: K1, Inc, Slip knit pass-over, repeat to end.
- Repeat until you run out of yarn or you reach your favorite scarf length.
- Cast off.
- Fall in love!