So many scarves…

So many scarves…

I’ve been knitting so much this month. I managed to finish a multi-colored brownish scarf for the boyfriend just the other week. They were purled all the way through, so I didn’t have to keep track of stitches, but dang, that’s a lot of work. It turned out pretty good, simple and stylish. I keep meaning to take a picture of it to post here. The boyfriend doesn’t traditionally wear scarves, even though we live in the north, in January and it’s freaking cold. But, as I started knitting it, he seemed to have grown attached to it and wears it every time he goes out now. It’s really heartwarming to have made him something that will help keep him warm and safe until he comes home. I don’t have the exact words to describe how I feel, but I know it means more to me than I thought it would.

Mostly I end up knitting while watching TV. It’s rather nice to have produced something while doing something as stationary as watching TV. I managed to go through Season 1 of Game of Thrones and 4 seasons of Breaking Bad before finishing all this knitting. It’s strange because knitting is so mathematical and time intensive, I get a sick to my stomach that I can measure how much time I’ve spent on doing the exact same repetitive stitch by measuring how long the scarf is. I think if I didn’t spend that time watching something I enjoyed in the company of friends and family, I would give up on knitting completely. Somehow though combining two time wasting activities feels pretty productive.

I can’t remember why I learned how to knit. It was a couple years ago, and you know how crafters are – they always have unfinished projects. I have a knitting bag, a baby blue tote that I’ve stuffed all the needles, my yarn and unfinished scarves into. Since I finished my boyfriend’s scarf I’ve been going through my bag and finding everything left over. Yesterday I finished a second teal/purple scarf and I have a hilariously long green one I’ve been knitting off and on for a year now that’s almost done. I should measure the length of that thing…it’s stupid long.

But scarves are pretty much all I know how to make, which considering how long I’ve been doing this doesn’t seem right to me. I’d love to learn how to make socks and mittens and hats and little hooded shawls that I see online, but it’s been hard for me to wrap my brain around all the different types of knots and patterns. So it might be time for me to try to expand my knitting boundaries. I was thinking of starting a new scarf, but knit a pattern in it this time. I have a beginner’s knitting book that I think is really easy to follow. In fact, I liked this book so much, I bought the updated version two years later.
I Can’t Believe I’m Knitting The covers on this series always make me laugh. They’re just SO PLEASANTLY SURPRISED to be knitting. But the instructions for the different knitting stitches are explained simply and they’re illustrated. There are patterns for simple projects in the back and the variation is pretty much all I think I’d ever want to learn. I’m sure by the time I learn everything in his thin, cheap book I’ll be able to design and knit anything I could ever want. I really love the format, it’s easy to quickly find whatever stitch you’re looking for.
I was just going to go through and knit the scarf pattern they have in the back. Yup, I think that’s what I’m going to do.

Currently my bag of yarns only have furry, fluffy specialty yarns and they’re difficult to learn from. Furthermore, knitting patterns don’t show up beneath all of their fluffyness. Know what that means? I get to go buy new yarn. YAY!

~Allie

2 Responses

  1. Awesome that you’re getting UFO’s (unfinished objects) knocked out! I’ve got piles of my own over here, buried in the ether of my craft room…

    Glad the boy loves his scarf! I’ve never made Brian one. He’s never worn scarves. Maybe I’ll make him one anyway, someday.

    And coincidentally, I’m knitting a scarf out of fluffy, fuzzy specialty yarn right now for a friend! She picked the yarn. I’m sooo not a fan, given my novice knitting skills, and that I’m having to work with two strands of the stuff, together, to get a good thickness to the scarf. Two tips I’ve learned for the fluffy stuff: 1. Work it up with the biggest gauge needles you can find (crochet really doesn’t work for this yarn at all, since you can’t see the stitches. Thus the reason I’m knitting it); 2. Mix a strand of fluffy with a strand or two of plain old worsted, which will make things easier to see & work with.

    Happy crafting!

    • Ooo, good tips on fluffy specialty yarn! I can’t help it, I’m always drawn to the stuff, even though I know standard yarn is just easier. :X Can you imagine an entire sweater out of stuff?