I love this wool! It is Sirdar Denim Ultra and it is in a shade called Starling or 0507. The colour doesn't say starling to me as I would expect that to be maybe a midnight blue with shimmery green and purple like the plumage of the bird.
I really like the quality of Sirdar wool and would like to try some other types of wool that they sell. Looking around on the internet they do all sorts of exciting wool! There is some really fluffy wool and one that is printed to knit into a fair isle pattern. That sounds like magic to me and I can't really imagine how it works!
I even managed to join two balls of wool together but I still have to sew the ends in. I will need to get another ball as the scarf isn't quite long enough yet! Plus I think it would look nice with a fringe. It seems a little plain at the moment.
I would love to make another in the same wool, but maybe a different shade, that was thinner and longer. One that I could wrap around my neck a couple of times. This scarf is 20 stitches wide which is just a touch too wide really.
Here is a close up of my stitches! The hardest thing for me is controlling my knitting tension. I have a tendency to knit really tight stitches. So tight that they are nearly impossible to move on the needle! I am getting better though and have found it easier with these large needles (10mm) and the chunky wool.
The next knitting project I want to tackle is knitting a lacy scarf in the Debbie Bliss wool I bought. I would need to learn new knitting skills for that though! Plus I have never tried knitting with such fine wool. It seems like quite an intimidating project to combine the two at once!
I really love the bamboo needles too. I had only used normal metal ones previously and found them quite slippery especially with the cotton I was using. I think I will have to make another visit to the wool shop! I have 5 and 10mm needles but I think a few more sizes would be useful. It would be very easy to get carried away!
As much as I love this scarf I think it is perhaps too plain to make as a gift. I would love to knit scarves as Christmas gifts but I think they would have to be more complicated than just basic knit!