Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Scarves That I've Known

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I remembered the Red Scarf Project sponsored by the Orphan Foundation of America. I made a red scarf last year (the one pictured below) and I didn't get it in on time. Thinking I had about a week to send it off, I looked it up and it turns out that I am late again. So I bought a box and I'll put the scarf in that and set an alarm on my Palm. At any rate, I have pictures, it's going into Ravelry and it's here. It's very standard and is made of Yorkshire Tweed Chunky from Rowan.

While I had the camera out, I decided to take pictures of a scarf I made some time ago. It was one of the first things I made when I started knitting again a couple of years ago. For some reason, I just forgot to log it in and I've never taken pictures of it.

I originally bought the yarn for a sweater right after I moved here. I got it at the shop that Fred and I lovingly call "The Old Thai Queen" shop. (I have no idea what the name was.) After the sweater idea went bust (because it was not well thought out and I fell out of love with the idea), I decided to make other things out of it. I tried felting it into a small bag and discovered what "superwash" means. It means that I got a clean bag instead of a felted object. It makes a nice scarf. It's really long and the idea came from my first knitting book, Knitting Pretty by Kris Percival. I liked the book, but it's pretty simple. However, it did it's job and made me hungry for more knitting books - much to Fred's dismay.

It's called the "Super-long Ribbed Scarf" and is a little over two meters long. The stripes look nice, but weaving in the ends was a horrible experience and they never really stay in place. If it were "real" wool, it would stick to itself when I weave the ends in. Maybe that's why I like tweed so much. It sticks to itself to a fault.

The thing with it is that even when people say, "Oh! Did you make that?" I always think, Oh no. An end is probably poking out. But that's rarely what people are commenting on. It's a nice looking scarf.

I'm currently trying my best to finish the sweater sampler from The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee. I've been working on it off and on for months and I'm finally getting to the end. I'm determined to get all of my UFOs off of the needles. Not sure what's happening next, but I keep getting orders for those fingerless gloves. We'll see. They're quick, so it's not like people are asking for long scarves or sweaters. I'll post a picture of the monster when it's finished.


Eric & Tony said...

The Super-long Ribbed Scarf is very nice. Love those colors!

MMMM bread. Bakeries are scarce here in Oklahoma -- and the US generally, I think. Probably because most people think that Wonder Bread is an acceptable substitute for the real thing. blech!

Littlelou said...

Your scarf knitting always looks so neat and tidy..i would never even think they had been hand knitted. I think I will begin making scarves for next years Xmas gifts soon. Im inspired