Pattern - Tudora from the 2007 Winter Knitty
Needles - Size 7 Denise
Yarn - Vanna's Choice (YUCK!)
Time & effort involved - Not much, although there seems to be an inordinate amount of knitting in something so small!
Mods - None
Comments - I love the pattern, hate, hate, HATE the yarn! I wanted something wash & wear for my friend and decided to try Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice. I might as well have used scratchy old wool or nasty Red Heart. It was plasticy & scratchy to knit with and (doh!) feels the same way on your neck. Never again. The pattern needs a yarn with body to keep the ruff standing up so I'm afraid the "soft" version of the cheaper acrylics wouldn't do well.
Maybe a run through the washer & dryer will soften it up?
I'm thinking of using a 100% silk yarn, like Elann's Silky Tweed, although if I ordered from them I wouldn't get it for several weeks due to the holiday vacation. Soooo..I'll see what I have on my shelves. I'll lose the ease of care factor, but it'll be worth it for comfort.
Blessed Solstice to one & all (1:08 AM Dec. 22nd if you're picky.)