Warning: Hike Not Actually Included. Some Assembly Required.

Cablescarfandhat_1As promised… it’s finished! Sunday rules!

Pattern: Hello Yarn’s Irish Hiking Scarf (I have some Irish heritage, but no plans to hike in this scarf. But you never know, it could happen…) and Basic Cable from Stitch n’ Bitch Nation.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in #20, pale pink. How many? I lost track around 5. The hat I know took about one and a half balls, and I’m thinking there were about five and a half in the scarf. I probably would have made it longer, but that was all the yarn avaliable so, que sera sera.

Needles: Addi Turbos 24" circular, US size 6. I think out of all my needles, I’ve gotten the most mileage of out these.

Watched While Knitting: So much Grey’s Anatomy (season two) that I started having involved dreams about having dinner with Burke, Christina, and Izzy. I’m so glad Shepherd wasn’t there. Wishy washy asshole. (Thanks for the loan, Liz!)

Final Thoughts: This is really a very pretty scarf that I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of. This is an ideal project for learning how to cable, because after you’ve done it every 8 rows for 6 feet, you’ll be an old pro.

I feel a little guilty about keeping this, since I started it with every intention of giving it away, but it ended up costing more than I anticipated, both in time and money. While I was knitting and feeling guilty, I had a flash of brilliance and decided that the best possible gift would be something I already knit that is perfectly viable, but just didn’t suit me. (Not the Clap, just the mitts.) So my friend won’t be going without a handknitted gift, it will just be slightly recycled.

With the scarf off the needles, the rotation queue is looking a little empty. Bob’s hat is experiencing serious gauge issues and has to go back on hold until I can aquire the correct size of needle. My mystery project is still without the yarn necessary for completion.

But never fear! I still have a frighteningly large backlog of pre-rotation projects to schlepp through. Until I can move forward with the holiday knitting, I’ve (grudgingly) put the final sleeve of the Ribby Cardi back in, at least until Wednesday. The sleeve knitting itself isn’t going too badly, but I’m feeling kind of panicky about putting this thing together. Every time I pick it up, I’m forced to think about the impending blocking, seaming, button banding, zipper installing, and collar knitting. No wonder I’ve been putting this sleeve off since October!

I guess all I can do is take it a step at a time. I still haven’t come across anything in knitting that I just couldn’t do (though I feel I came pretty close with the whole learning to purl thing.)




  1. Tara said

    I think I may have you beat on the finishing thing. My somewhat completed white sweater is still lying forlornly on the recliner waiting to be pieced together. Every time the folks come over, my Dad tosses it on the couch, and every time they leave I carefully put it back on the recliner whilst thinking to myself, “you know, I should really force myself to sew that thing togther one of these days…”

  2. Colleen said

    Holly, you look quite lovely in your pink and don’t feel guilty about keeping it. You deserve it. See you Sunday, Colleen

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