The project I went with is called the Saroyan scarf by Liz Abinante (find it here on Ravelry). I made it out of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in the alizarin colorway. The scarf (or is it more like a shawlette?) has a really pretty leaf edging, and the colors reminded me of fall (mums and leaves and sparkly bits of sunshine in the late afternoon).
I love that leafy border so much!! As this was knit in primarily stockinette (and did curl on the sticks) I was worried I'd be disappointed in the end result. But I simply pinned it and steam-blocked it, and it ended up beautiful. It even looks delightful on the back--
This yarn was so beautifully soft and squishy. Ravelry has a feature where you can shop other users' stashes, and that's how I came across this. The gal I bought it from had this left over from making an afghan. I can't imagine how much all that yarn must have cost as I felt quite extravagant buying just the two skeins. But it was so worth it. The pattern was not difficult, but there were certainly a few bits to pay attention to. Just right to feel satisfied in the outcome but not frustrated with the process.
Ignore the junk in the background--the house is being painted and everything is all over right now. And as I forgot about it getting dark an hour earlier I needed the room with the most light which was also the messiest.
I don't totally love wearing it hanging down as it looks like some weird half sweater vest. But looped just so you still see the leaves and it looks a little nicer.
This is one of those yarns where I think no matter what you use it for it will turn out beautifully. So if you fancy a fun and lovely pattern to knit I recommend this one for sure. A yarn splurge is up to you, but I can recommend this stuff for sure if you put on your winter coat and find some money from last year that you forgot all about.