It is true that sometimes life is so dull that you have nothing to talk about and sometimes you’re so busy you’re running around like a mad man. For me I have been doin the later, getting the final preparation ready for a vacation early next year, working a metric but ton (yes that’s a real measurement), and trying to get things generally done around here. During thanksgiving I did have some time off, so I was able to go to my LYS and sit around the table and knit. Things have changed while I was away, with a new owner comes new ideas, which I say so far are good ones. But while I was there I had to look at the yarn, even though I have said it a few times that I don’t need more. Which I don’t, but I could still look and pet (thinking of my stash, which I am going to be going through and finding new homes for some of it). But what got me wasn’t any yarn, not right away, it was a photo of a man with a pea coat wearing this simple, long scarf. When I saw it i had visions of me running to work in a similar (but maybe a grey instead of tan) peacoat with that scarf around my neck. I kept thinking to myself that it was silly for me to get that since I am taking a break from scarves and digging into sweaters again. For some reason I kept going back to that image and finally caved and looked at the yarn needed to make it. Turns out that made me want it more, it is 100% cashmere. I’m usually not the biggest fan of cashmere, I mean I like it, but I like merino wool too and it’s more economical. But this was a scarf, so a scarf quantity of cashmere is more economical then a sweater quantity of cashmere. I think that was me starting to justify this purchase.
I looked at the pattern and yarn, thinking about if I really wanted to do this. The answer was yes, but the knitting was going to be long and very autopilot. I have my vanilla is the new black socks for that (which I am almost done with the first Halloween sock, finally) so I didn’t want to knit it myself. Then I remembered I have a flatbed knitting machine that could handle this yarn. And then I remembered I bought the ribber attachment for it and this scarf would knit up in no time. So I bought the yarn and wound it right away. I spent a few hours a day or two later on the machine.
It took maybe 6 hours to knit a scarf in a broken rib that is way taller then I am. It would have been much quicker if every 8 rows I didn’t have to move stitches from the ribber to the main bed of needles and then back after that row. But all it needs is just the rest of the ends woven in, which I’m breaking the yarn into its smaller yarn plies, and then a good wash and block. Hopefully soon though, since it is chilly in the morning here.
What about the sweater you ask? I’ll save that saga for next time.