Okay, maybe just a lemonade or something. But finally, I finished a knitted object. It's a humble little thing, but it's something!
I present Gwen's Scarf, knitted for the Red Scarf Project.
I've never taken so many photos of a scarf before, but since I haven't finished anything in so long, will you allow me the indulgence? Yeah, I thought you would.
Pattern: Anne's (reprinted below)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash wool; color: Really Red; less than two skeins
Needles: US 7, 4.5mm
This is the first time I've used Cascade 220 Superwash. I like it better than most superwash wools I've used, and I'd happily use it again. I stopped knitting just before it reached 60 inches long, and as is typical with superwash wools, the scarf grew quite a lot after being washed. I like the generous length and the softness and the drape.
This project has special meaning to me: I bought the yarn from Gwen the last time I saw her alive, and I started knitting the scarf on my highly enjoyable and special trip to Washington to visit the OFA folks. Sort of a conglomeration of specialness.
While I was waiting in the lobby of the hotel before my flight back to Vermont, I was knitting on this. A guy from Kentucky (how do I know this? It said so on his name tag on his jacket -- he was there for a conference or something) started chatting me up. He had all the right pickup lines. First he "tripped" over and got tangled in my yarn to get around my chair to his sofa, which of course wasn't necessary since the other way around the coffee table was clear. Then he asked me how long I've been knitting, and if it's hard, because he commutes, you see, and he had sometimes thought it might be interesting to knit on the commute. Color me amused and charmed. Dayum. Who knew? A whole store of knitting pickup lines, shot from the hip. Well, he kept me entertained for a while. Then I told him I am from Vermont. I imagined this would give him some pause. You know us Nawthun women. (scary) But he didn't skip a beat: "Oh! Do you live anywhere near Simon Pearce?!"
Smooth and sweet as Thoroughbred Pie.
I'm still not 100% convinced that "unisex" applies to this scarf pattern, especially after blocking. Is it just me, or does it have too much of a lacy feel for the unisex label? What do you think? I'm going to try to make my next one more "male."
Here's Anne's pattern again:
Cast on 38 stitches (if using light worsted or DK yarn like Cascade 220 Superwash)
Slip 1st stitch purlwise with yarn in front; return yarn to back of work. This makes a nice selvedge edge. (selvedge edge -- is that redundant?)
*K1, K2 together, YO, P1* Repeat from * to * to last stitch. Knit last stitch.
Each row is the same. Keep knitting until scarf is of desired length. Bind off loosely in pattern, knitting the yarn overs as regular knits.
While I'm not sure about unisex, I do know this pattern really suits me. Simple, yet drapey, interesting, and elegant. I look forward to making one of these for myself -- perhaps in the beeyooteeful handspun Margene sent me. I'm gonna swatch it up, maybe with a strand of Kidsilk Haze carried along with it. Stay tuned for further developments.