Thursday, September 06, 2007

All that time I wasn't blogging, I was knitting.

Red Scarf

Indeed, I actually finally finished something for myself, essentially unheard of.
No really, I can't think of anything else I own that I knitted. Here's how it happened.

Step 1: Plan fabulous trip to Europe with Mr. Cake.
Step 2: Accept that there will need to be fabulous knitting for fabulous vacation.
Step 3: Realize that now is the time to finally buy some Koigu. You know you've always wanted to, and although it is expensive, it is small! lightweight! will travel well! And the fabulousness is only befitting for such an adventure. Buy three whole skeins so you're sure to have enough for your fabulous scarf.
Step 4: Copy selected stitch patterns from your Barbarba Walker (1st Treasury) for fabulous Koigu scarf, so you won't have to carry the whole book.
Step 5: During vacation, swatch almost an entire skein of Koigu in several of the patterns.
Step 6: Arrive home, and begin intending to wash and block and examine swatch and possibly swatch just a little bit more...
Step 7: Keep intending.
Step 8: Periodically run into giant swatch.
Step 9: Repeat steps 7 & 8 for 14 months.
Step 10: Run into free pattern online with a stitch pattern you hadn't swatched and realize that This Is It. Decide to forgo further swatching and cast on. (Rose of Sharon on MagKnits)
Step 11: Knit through awesome full-day poetry festival, knit through many many subway rides, lunch hours, movies, more subway rides, and get near the end of the second skein of Koigu.
Step 12: Pause. Consider length. Gaze out the window. Reconsider length. Wonder if it might be just about time to finish. Consider whether you might want to add edging? And what kind?
Step 13: Think of something else you've just got to make for someone else. Make that instead. And some other stuff for some other people.
Step 14: For 8 months, periodically consider edging? length? finishing? Ripping out the giant swatch so you can make the scarf longer? Blocking and photographing swatch first? But don't make a move.
Step 15: Pull the bugger out of the depths of the knitting storage and leave it lying about the house looking like the picture below, always being sure to leave it somewhere it's in the way.

Red Scarf in Progress

Step 16: Repeat Step 15 for three weeks (or more!), continually moving it out of the way into the way of something else every time. All the time. Until it's making you totally nuts.
Step 17: On a fine Saturday morning, spend 2 minutes on the internet looking up pattern, now that you've forgotten it, spend an hour knitting the last dozen rows, wash, rinse, block, dance. Let it brighten the rest of your day as you walk by it grumbling about all the other (non-knitting, general life) obligations you have and are working on that day.
Step 18: Photograph. Wonder if it isn't too short. Decide not to care.
Step 19: Wonder if you might give it to someone.
Step 20: Blog it to prevent yourself from giving it to someone, despite not-so-fab picture.

Check me out! 20 easy steps to make a scarf in only 28 months!

Next thing you know, I'll be starting and finishing handtowels in under 2 weeks!

Chevron Face Towel

Dishcloths in under 4 days!

BallBand Dishcloth

Felted boxes in under... oh wait, these aren't done quite yet. They're for me, of course. The others? Gifts.

Felted Boxes in Progress


Anonymous Kay said...

I love all this BLOGGING. The quilts! Each one! Your mom!

But I HOPE you are not using size 10.5 needles for those felted boxes! Should be 13 or even 15! Typo typo! So sorry! They are easier on your hands and felt up better when knit super loosely.

Little quilt so cute and so very Gee's Bend. xoxo Kay

9/07/2007 8:48 AM  
Blogger futuregirl said...

Loving that scarf. It's that how things go, though ... you always seem to be the last one on the list to make for. :)

9/07/2007 12:47 PM  
Blogger marcisenders said...

Wow...very impressive! What are the felted boxes for?

9/07/2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger Carson said...

felted boxes! oh how cute. can't wait to see how they turn out

9/09/2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous ambika said...

This made me laugh, especially because I've been needing to frog and re-knit (so it's less swaddling) a scarf for the boyfriend and am planning to do it on vacation next month. Because all of that leaving it in the way has not worked these past 13 months!

9/10/2007 5:38 PM  
Blogger :: melissa :: said...

Wow, look at you go - there's no stopping you now!! The scarf looks wonderful - love the colour!
Melissa x

9/11/2007 6:27 PM  

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