Project Name:Jen’s Hello Kitty Scarf
Yarn Used: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Mediumweight
Needle Size: 7
Date Started: May 11, 2009
Date Completed: June 24, 2010
Notes: Well, I am late in reporting on this, but you’ll be happy to know that I got this project done in time for my visit with my friend Jen last week. I think she liked it! It’s a simple scarf made with Barbara Walker’s “Twin Rib” stitch. I don’t know why, but this stitch has always called to me. I think I am done with it for a while now, though! All those K1, P1 rows were a killer! Remind me, please, that if I ever pick up a sweater pattern with large sections of seed stitch, that I should put the pattern down quickly, and just forget I ever saw it? Thank you.
Here’s a closeup of the Twin Rib stitch:
So naturally, with the scarf project behind me, I felt a little twinge of geez, what do I knit now? Of course, there is my February Lady Sweater, but it’s been so hot in these parts lately that I can’t fathom knitting on it just now. I needed something small, in lighter weight yarn. I tried, oh I tried, to get excited about knitting a sock. It was a sport weight slipper sock, designed for people like me who get bored quickly. But alas, it only lasted a half a toe, and about half a day, before I yanked it out of my bag.
Still looking in my sock yarn box for inspiration, I pulled out some Sock! Merino by Lisa Souza, in the colorway, “Wild Things” (my favorite). I bought some worsted weight in the same colorway last year, saving it for a future sweater. But the sock weight yarn has been in my stash since 2007. I have two hanks, and it has always been destined to be a shawl. Hard to know what to do with it though, as I am not a lace knitter (yet) and the lace projects that attracted me most require more yardage than I have.
So what did I do?
I have cast on a Clapotis, a.k.a., the Great Common Denominator of knitting. There are currently 15,507 projects for this pattern listed on Ravelry, none of which are my previous three attempts at this pattern. I have tried this before, and –don’t shoot me!– I have gotten BORED with the pattern before I could finish it each time. So why is it different this time? The truth is that I don’t know, but I am hoping that the yarn itself is highly motivating this time. I really, really have always wanted to have a wrap to wear from this yarn. I should have a wrap in every color by now, for all sorts of options in the wardrobe, but I have not a one, except for the store-bought kind.
And so, as of two days ago, I am on a quest to change this. My hope is that the yarn is light enough that the knitting will not be too hot for this weather, that I will not drive myself insane with boredom, and that imagining myself wrapped in this amazing yarn come fall will allow me to be a success.
Next time, I have a more personal story to share. I hope you’ll cheer me on. Til then,