One of these things is not like the others…

… One of these things just doesn’t belong,

Can you tell which thing is not like the others

By the time I finish my song?


By the way, I did not grow up with Sesame Street (I think the communist regime had something to do with that), but that little tune must be in a Pampers commercial or something, because I know exactly how it goes!

Just as I finished up my Sockapal-2-za Sock Pal socks, I joined another knitting exchange: Stitch Ya Neck Out (SYNO).

This one is the total opposite of Secret Pal exchanges – in SYNO, you get exactly what you ask for! And so, my immediate attention ;). In this exchange, you select a scarf pattern and purchase appropriate yarn, mail it off to another knitter, and a few months later, voila, a finished scarf arrives, exactly as you specified and expected. In the meantime, you knit a scarf for someone else, exactly according to her specifications and with her yarn. What a concept!

From what I’ve read so far, most participants are requesting Ruffles or Turtleneck Shrug from Scarf Style. Not me! I selected a pattern that’s not even on the approved list of patterns! You knew I would have it no other way, right? My SYNO pal will knit for me this little cutie:

It’s the Lace Leaf Scarf from the spring/summer 2005 VK. As far as Google can tell, only one of these has been completed and blogged about to date. Oh yes, perfect for me!

The pattern is a simple 16-row repeat, so I felt it wasn’t any more complicated than the other scarf patterns at SYNO. If you see an immediate resemblance to my Backyard Leaves scarf, you aren’t mistaken. But I like these kinds of motifs, so why not have another?


The yarn called for in the pattern is Filatura Di Crosa Luxury, which is 100% silk, and $18.50/skein (3 required for scarf). I am not that rich, so I decided that Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino would be a reasonable substitute. The gauge is very similar… or, similar enough for a scarf :) (Luxury 26 sts/30 rows, DB Baby Cash 25 sts/34 rows).

Today I stopped by one of my LYSs and picked up this beautiful periwinkle DB Cashmerino. Since it was on sale, my scarf will cost less than half of what it would cost knit out of Luxury! Quite importantly, I think my SYNO pal will like working with this yarn – it is very soft.

And here is the stuff I sent off to my pal (not even 1/2 hour after I purchased the yarn this morning): a few copies of the pattern (we have to provide the pattern unless it’s in Scarf Style or free on the web), the yarn, and a small detailed letter. I’m picky and can’t shut up, hehe :).

Who will be knitting my SYNO scarf? Now that would be ruining the surprise, wouldn’t it? You’ll find out soon enough when she received the yarn and starts knitting. Anyway, what’s even more interesting to me is who will I knit for, and what scarf will it be?

22 thoughts on “One of these things is not like the others…

  1. Lauren

    The cashmerino seems much more Boston-appropriate than 100% silk anyway. What will you do if you’re supposed to make a pattern you think is horrible?

  2. Karma

    Okay, first of all, I did grow up on Sesame Street and I was singing out loud when I read the title to your post. :) Thanks for the memories.

    Love the Cashmerino, love the periwinkle. You’re right, the idea of getting exactly what you want, from another knitter, is very appealing! Have fun!

  3. kelly

    Wow! I didn’t know you had knit the backyard leaves scarf. I was drooling over that very scarf in the book store last night! I loved the pattern but didn’t see much else in the book that I liked. The library may be a good idea!

  4. Kim

    I think of that song more oftin than I’d like to admit. But what I’m ultimately curious about is what you included in your “short” letter.. I guess I’m just nosey.. lol.

    That is an interesting concept though.. I think I’d be more willing to do that kind of pal thing than any other pal thing.. Too bad I don’t wear scarves..

  5. anna

    i feel so unoriginal for picking yet another turtleneck shrug. i didn’t even occur to me to go ‘off menu’. baby cashmerino is glorious, i won’t mind one bit if i’m knitting this for you.

  6. Jennifer

    What an interesting idea. The pattern you chose is very pretty, and the color you picked is great. Can’t wait to see what you get back.

  7. caitlyn

    I love Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and regular cashmerino…so soft! I’m sure that the person knitting the scarf for you will love the yarn. The pattern is beautiful.

  8. Stephanie

    Oh please let it be me! Please? The scarf will be very pretty in the cashmerino and I love that color. Detailed letter? Well of course you did.

  9. Michelle

    That leaf scarf was the reason I bought that issue of Vogue! I just haven’t gotten around to making it yet…

    I’m working on Backyard Leaves now. My leaves are looking awfully puffy, so I hope my blocking works out as well as yours did!

  10. pj

    I made the lace leaf scarf this spring. It was a joy to make, a fun, interesting pattern. I made it out of Twisted Sisters Petite Voodoo – silk/merino blend – love it.

  11. ivete

    I made that lace scarf last month and it was a quick, easy lace project. I made it in the Luxury in the same color, too, as a gift for someone who’d bought the yarn but couldn’t knit the scarf! I think you’ll get lots of use out of it, it’s very pretty.

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