Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Seven Year Scarf

This scarf has been on the needles for guessed it, seven years!
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!
As promised - crappy (and faded, not a filter) iPhone photo of the scarf, taken at my desk while at work.

And here's a snap shot of a project I'm currently working on:  Loop Shawl by Casapinka.

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