Finished Object: Scarf

I haven't been finishing many projects lately.  Either they are awaiting that one final embellishment or I just stop working on them to pick up another project.  I did finish my scarf for this fall about a week after I started knitting it, I just forgot to take pictures and post about it.  Then it went missing in my own home; TheHusband found it for me hiding between the couch and the wall.

Last Sunday I took it out for a photoshoot (actually we were just heading to the park, I was wearing the scarf and grabbed the camera).

I'm really happy with the scarf, it is about 2 1/2 inches wide when the ribbing is relaxed, and I made the length long enough that it will wrap around my neck nicely but not so long that I can't let it hang open.  And I keep getting compliments on it, which is really cool.  Unfortunately this yarn has gotten a couple snags from the snag-free velcro on my favorite bag.  In the end, I did use more than one skein of the yarn, but I had bought two skeins anyway, I just don't have enough leftover for a hat.  (Reminder stats: Yarn-Lana Grossa Cool Wool Big, Pattern- Single Cable scarf from One Skein by Leigh Radford, don't remember the needles but that is personal preference anyway.)

I didn't like any of the pictures of myself wearing the scarf so I decided to try my luck with making Dog wear the scarf.  The hardest part of this was finding a decent background, but luckily he is a pretty agreeable dog and while he was sitting on this park bench something caught his eye:

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November 12, 2007. Tags: , , , . Thoughts. Leave a comment.

One Skein Scarf

On Saturday we went for apple hunting (you call it driving to apple orchards, I call it apple hunting).  Instead of bringing a current work in progress (the socks, the baby blanket, but not the bolero–that has "must work at home" status) I cast on for a scarf with some yummy green yarn I bought this past spring.  I had jotted down the pattern on a 4 x 6 index card and decided, this is a scarf that is supposed to be 3 inches wide, there is no reason to swatch.

So I cast-on and at row 6 (the first cabled row) I realize that I forgot to write down which direction the cable twists, I decide to wing it and knit away.  About 4 inches in (woot for worsted weight yarn again) I loose count of rows and because I am incapable of partially frogging when slipped stitches and cables are involved I rip the entire thing and cast-on again (trying the cable in the other direction) and knit about 4 more inches.  Once we get home I discover that I was cabling in the wrong direction.  While it would have been fine, I decided to rip out those 4 or so inches and cast-on again.  I'm sort of grateful I didn't get more done during the drive.

This time I pull out the safety pins to help me count my rows to keep my cable twist nice and even.  So after 3 cast-ons and 8 inches of knitting wasted I sit down for TV watching (3 discs of Grey's Anatomy season 3) and now have 17 1/2 inches of scarf.   I've used about half my skein of yarn (Lanna Grossa Cool Wool Big) but I think I want my scarf to be more than three feet so I won't get to use that second skein of yarn for a hat.  Boo.  I didn't bother swatching, right now my scarf is about 2 1/2" wide instead of the 3 inches the pattern says it will be.

And it is taking lots of will power to not cast on for about 4 more projects that I want to do right now. But I need to finish something first.

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September 27, 2007. Tags: , , . Thoughts. Leave a comment.