Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Nashville Scarf in Natural Fisherman's Wool

I finished knitting and blocked my first scarf on Monday night! It started as a huge mess, but I love the way it turned out. I knew nothing about knitting when I started last month. I taught myself to knit and purl from a book, misunderstood the meaning of "knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches" in a bad way, frogged the whole thing, switched to smaller needles, and started over to create the INSANELY HUGE 13 FOOT LONG* scarf you see here. Go big or go home, y'all!

Yes, it's really over 12 feet long and less than 3 inches wide. Why? BECAUSE I CAN!
Pattern: Ravelry Scrunchable Scarf, with my own modifications

When I lived in Los Angeles, I saw a woman wearing a long, skinny scarf looped loosely around her neck at least three times, with the ends dangling near her knees. I never forgot how dramatically chic she looked in just jeans, riding boots, a simple long-sleeve tee, and that scarf. The scarf created a long vertical line that drew the eye up and down, making her look impossibly tall and lean. I'm not exactly statuesque, so I've wanted a scarf just like it for years. But I couldn't find one that didn't feel cheap or cost more than my phone bill. I didn't exactly become a librarian for the money. So I decided to make my own! I knitted it up in a neutral color so I can dress it up with brooches and wear it with everything.


Elvis Costello Poster Girl is really, really impressed.
I cast on with just 24 stitches because I wanted a super-skinny scarf that wouldn't add any bulk around my jaw. Bulk + jawline = illusion of double chin. I intended to follow the Ravelry pattern as described: Knit, knit, purl. Repeat, ad nauseum. But I failed to put extra knit stitches on the edges for a selvedge, so when I had just over a foot of completed knitting, the scarf curled up on itself. It looked like a tube! Little Miss Knitting n00b didn't know that blocking would fix the problem. I panicked and did two rows of knit stitch because I thought they might hold the scarf open. Then I did 16 rows of knit, knit, purl. Then two rows of knit stitch. I literally repeated this for a month while watching The X-Files. It's easy to drool zone out when David Duchovny is onscreen.


I love my finished scarf, but I got bored with the work about 3/4 of the way through the project. It was too easy! Keith requested a scarf, and I want to try a more complicated pattern for his. I have my eye on this one, and I hope he likes it. When I've finished his scarf, I think I'll be ready to try knitting in the round, cables, increasing, decreasing, and yarn-overs. But before we move on, let's take one more look at that crazy-long scarf.


Here's the best thing that happened because of this project: Because I started knitting, I met Lauren from Lladybird. She invited me to the first Nashville blogger meetup, which happened last week. I met so many smart, creative, and interesting women there--it was fantastic! And it turned out that they were friends of friends, or they live near where I work, or we went to the same high school... Anyway, we found unexpected things in common, and it was a wonderful evening. I'm so excited to have met them, and you should go click on some of the buttons on the right and read what they have to say. I promise it will be worth your time.

*Okay, I'm exaggerating. It's 12 feet, 10 inches long. For real.

8 comments:

  1. Aw, yeah, I love the finished scarf! And now you know why I like to tackle sweaters and really intense projects - the easy ones are TOO easy and get boring (although they are good for knitting meet-ups and doing while you're watching tv :)). I'm so proud of you for finishing all 13ft of it :) And Keith is going to love that one you picked out.

    Welcome to the world of knitting, lady! ;)

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    1. Thanks! You were right; blocking straightened it out considerably. I need to buy yarn for the next project; any recommendations?

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  2. Your scarf looks perfect! I love the neutral color, and it looks so soft and comfy.

    ♥ Jana

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    1. Hey lady! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. it looks great! i've always wanted to learn to knit!

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    1. It was surprisingly easy! If you start and want help, Haus of Yarn hosts a knitting night on Thursdays. The advice I got there was really helpful.

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