Is this the knitting equivalent of the seven year itch, or proof that we all get bored with our projects from time to time?
Why seven years? I'm not sure I can answer that question. I like the scarf. I bought the yarn at least seven years ago at Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. The yarn is a beautifully dyed wool blend suitable for sock knitting, bordering on a sport weight yarn. I started the scarf, and ripped it out about a year ago and restarted it, but I can't recall why. Anyway, it ended up in the bottom of one of my bags again, neglected.
Segue to three weeks ago when I was packing knitting for a cruise trip we were taking. Pack for an entire week of knitting on a cruise, where there is no chance of buying forgotten materials or yarn? Sent me into a whirlwind. But I digress. I managed to pull out this scarf again, thought it was easy enough to be mindless travel knitting, and into my carry-on it went!
This week I have finished the scarf. Seven years of being on the needles is ridiculous to even contemplate.
The pattern was simple. Too simple? Maybe, but I knit stockinette socks all the time with no problem. The yarn? I love the finished product and how the yarn played with the pattern. No strange pooling or striping. It isn't the softest yarn I've ever knit, but a nice soak should fix that. I can't think it was that either.
I used a standard 16" circular needle from knit picks. Metal needles with nice sharp points. Sliced through K2tog without issues. No problems there either.
I just can't figure out why this particular scarf spent years on my needles. I think I'll stop trying to analyze it, and wrap it around my neck. It's delightfully long to wrap several ways.
Here's hoping I can wear it in good health for at least another seven years!
And here's a snap shot of a project I'm currently working on: Loop Shawl by Casapinka.