The Scarf that Never Ends

Do you remember the “Song that Never Ends”? I used to sing it all the time when I was a kid just to annoy people. (Yes, I was one of those kids. I am truly sorry. But I am now reaping what I have sown because people annoy me all the time by doing and saying stupid things. At least you can count on Karma.) For those of you who are not familiar with this song, here are the lyrics as I sang them in my childhood (for those of you who know them, feel free to skip down the page):

This is the song that never ends:

Yes, it goes on and on, my friends.

Some people started singing it not knowing what it was,

And now they’ll keep on singing it forever just because

This is the song that never ends:

(Etc.)

Because of the way the words and music are arranged you can literally sing it forever. I just finished knitting a scarf like that. I have officially named it the “Scarf that Never Ends.” You see, this scarf needed to be at least 8 inches (20 cm) wide, and 5 feet (1.5 m) long. I was asked to make it by a coworker, who wanted a hat and scarf in grey for her daughter. She wanted them to be like this hat that I knit a few months ago. In multiple shades of grey. Which means that I ended up knitting the thing in 2 colours of grey in Brioche. You heard me right, this scarf is double thick. And really wide. And long. I began to sing to myself as I knit:

This is the scarf that never ends:

Yes, it goes on and on, my friends.

One day I started knitting it not knowing what it was,

And now I’ll keep on knitting it forever just because

This is the scarf that never ends:

(Etc.)

It might have gone a little crazy. But at long last the scarf was done. I almost wept when I realized I still had the hat to make. Still, I knit on. And finally both hat and scarf were done. I wove the ends in, seamed very cleverly, and on Monday morning they were done. Hallelujah!

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Yarn: Yarn Bee Effervescence in Black Gauze and Silver Frost.

Pattern: Loosely based off of the Brioche Hood Hat

I must say: as crazy as this project drove me, it was amazing to give it to my coworker and see her love it immediately: “This is beautiful! My daughter will love it.”

Down to the Wire

You know, it’s easy to post when I’ve finished something and make it look like it was super easy and effortless. And some projects are like that. But, truth be told, the Gamecocks Cup Sleeves were a grueling knit. I’m not sure why. They only took about an hour each, so six of them should have taken only 6ish hours. I have no idea why it seemed like so much longer. Maybe it was because I was knitting with cotton. I generally prefer yarns that have a little push and pull to them. Wool is perfect like that. Worsted weight cotton was just not my cup of tea. Maybe it was because I really just did not love the colours. Sure, black and burgundy are great, But it’s the middle of winter. Can I have some bright colours? Maybe it’s because I was silly enough to knit them flat instead of in the round. Sure, I would have had to go up a needle size to knit them in the round, but what’s one needle size? Not that much of a difference. Especially since it was my own pattern.

I will say toward the end of the last cup sleeve there was a bit of terror. I only had this much yarn left.Image

I was so terrified that I would run out of yarn that I had to put the project down for a while. I picked it up again the next morning, hoping and praying that I would have enough. And, you know what? I did. Just barely.Image

Whew! That was a close one!

Sometimes knitting in the break room is a good thing

Sometimes instead of looking dorky you look skilled. Sometimes people wish they were as creative as you.  And sometimes they ask you to knit for them. Growing up I never saw myself as someone who would do crafts for a living – and I don’t. But recently several of my coworkers have seen my handiwork and wanted it for themselves. And they are willing to pay good money for it. Because of their support and interest I may be setting up an Etsy shop in the near future. I will definitely post more about it if it all pans out. For now, I have some finished items to show you.

Cup Sleeves in black and red for a Carolina Gamecocks fan:

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Knitted in Peaches and Creme (black) and Sugar and Creme (wine), pattern is my own.

Note to self: wearing one’s own creations is a great way to raise awareness of one’s craft and to garner sales. Example: with Valentine’s Day looming close I wore my tatted red heart earrings. 2 coworkers asked for a pair, one in red, the other in black. They liked their earrings very much.

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Happy Birthday to you!

It seems that I now blog only when I have a finished item to show you…but I guess that’s better than not blogging at all. Next Sunday is one of my bestest friend’s birthday. She will be 22. She and I became friends a few years ago at a summer conservatory, and have been nearly inseparable since. We graduated together, and now we rent an apartment together because we’re too poor to each rent alone. My friend is auditioning in New England in just about 2 weeks and is worried about the super cold weather there. And for good reason: I don’t think she has an ounce of fat on her! She asked me to knit her a hat for her birthday – we lose a huge percentage of body heat through our heads. So we went to the store and found a yummy yarn, and then I looked on Ravelry for the perfect hat. Let me tell you, that was a search! To find something the right gauge, not to frilly, but not too plain either, something that would keep my interest and that she would be able to wear on the most mundane of occasions. Well, we finally found the perfect hat: The Mochi Chunky Chevron Hat. This hat was a quick, fun knit in chunky yarn (in Lion Brand USA). It will keep her warm for a good long time and provide a pop of colour in her life. Happy birthday, dear.

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Wildflowers

What’s an obsessed knitter to do when she has a growing assortment of knitting needles and nowhere to store them? Make a knitting needle case, of course. I had a few small pieces of fabric sitting around that went together reasonably well. Anyway, how hard can it be. All you have to do is sew straight lines! Well, it turns out that sewing straight lines is a little harder than I thought, but I’m happy with the result. It seemed a little plain when I was done, so in keeping with my floral print, I added some colourful wildflowers swaying in the breeze and finished it off with a lovely green ribbon to tie it closed.

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The First of the Year

Well, I’m back. Happy Christmas and New Year and all that. I’ve been gone from the blog for a while, but I have been knitting! Here are first finished items of 2014: Socks, Yarn is Patons Kroy Socks FX, Pattern is from a ball band.

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And a Hat, Yarn is Yarn Bee Alpaca, and Pattern is Brioche Hood Hat

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What have you been working on this New Year?