Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Red Scarf haul-along

Back in November, Katie suggested that the MIT Stitch & Bitch do a mini-knit-along during IAP (aka January) to create scarves for the Red Scarf Project. Of course, the idea was a big hit, and lead to an official event in the IAP calendar. [clearly we're famous now]

Despite not posting about it, I've spent the last week knitting away at a Besotted Scarf in KnitPicks Swish Superwash in Red Pepper.

As of right now, the scarf is about 32" long. I'm getting 15" out of each ball, and since I only have three balls, this scarf will be 45" with no fringe. I was hoping for a teeny bit of fringe, but it's already fairly short, so I can't spare the extra yarn. Oh well.

While I feel great about participating in this project, I also feel silly about walking around with cold hands because I refuse to 1) buy mittens or 2) stop the scarf and risk not finishing it in time, so I can make mittens for myself. Am I being totally ridiculous? Yeah, I thought so.

But if I slog through to the end of this scarf monogamously (despite the siren call of my Arwen and my cold hands), my reward will be to knit a pair of mittens (or a hat?) out of the most beautiful handspun that I got from the recent MIT SnB holidaze yankee swap (note to self: explain why I'll never participate in another yankee swap). But I've also signed up for the Green Sock Along over at Knotty Bits because I have two skeins of the most incredible green sock yarn from my generous birthday presents and I can't wait to cast on. But what about Wifey's Icarus or Hag's socks or Mom's poncho or my Eris or Little Man's cornflower sweater, you ask? Yeah ... I should get back to those, huh?

Clearly monogamy is difficult for me. And clearly, I'll have no problem knitting from stash until the end of September.

- Bruise update: it was measured, and it's larger, and more colorful (eeewwww!). there's a new photo, and the old photo has 69 views, which scares me a little.


Anonymous said...

The scarf is just lovely! If it makes you feel any better, I broke down and bought an ear-flap hat from Whole Foods because I've given away all of the hats that I've made (ok, only about three). I look totally stupid in it, but at least the colors coordinate with scarf and backpack.

nina beana said...

i heart that red yarn!

kisses to the bruise.

Anonymous said...

You're too kind about the handspun. Hang on, the scarf is almost done.

Rhonda the Stitchingnut said...

Your scarf is coming along better than mine. I pity the poor orphan that gets mine in fact.

pigbook1 said...

I don't own any mittens, gloves or hats that I made but I used to have some crocheted hat made by this oldman at church. They were silly but I wore them faithfully until they fell apart when I was in college. Keep up the knitting goodness PS little man is adorable in that last post

Anonymous said...

That scarf is fabulous!! I keep seeing people making those and I think I'm going to have to break down and make one of my own one of these days. :-)