Coming to you wirelessly from Chez Subway Knitter BKLN! Sven hunted down a wireless router on Craigslist over the weekend. (Not only did he save money by doing this but he also reduced electronic waste. What a guy!) He's got me all set up so that I'm able to sit down on the couch and use my computer without dragging an Ethernet cable across the apartment or swiping internet access from an unsecured connection (not that I ever did that, ahem.)
Anyway, do you want to hear about my close call? Knitting wise, that is. You do?! Great! Wednesday night tends to be laundry night 'round these parts. I'm not sure why that's become its official designation, but whatever. Last Wednesday was a big one. You know those times when you decide that you need to wash every single textile in your place? That was Wednesday.
So, in the spirit of laundry night, I threw a load of sheets into the machine. Unbeknownst to me, however, I accidentally scooped up my Cascade 220 (non superwash) garter-stitch scarf. It's a simple little thing that I knit years and years ago. The scarf was my first FO, and despite its wonky gauge and the occasional (inadvertent) slipped stitch, I love it. The scarf is warm, soft, and goes with just about anything.
Anyway, I threw those sheets (and the scarf) in a hot-water wash. I added detergent, OxyMagic powder, and fabric softener.
Then I went away. When I came back to throw the sheets in the dryer, imagine my surprise when my scarf tumbled out. A Cascade 220 scarf that, despite a hot-water wash, remained unfelted. And you know that Cascade 220 felts like a dream. So what's the no felting about? Could it be the front-loading machine? Is it really true that front loaders don't felt?
At least my front loader doesn't felt. And that makes me one lucky knitter. One lucky knitter with a nice, clean scarf that's none the worse for wear.
There's a new scarf 'round my neck these days.
I've kinda been putting off writing this post because I suspect that it's going to be boring as all get-out to read. But it needs to be written. You need to know what I've been up to.
Anyway, back to the scarf. As you can probably see, this is a nubbly, boucle yarn. It's soft and squishy, and very cosy and warm. All good things in something that's going to be around my neck.
Why then didn't I speed this scarf through to an FO? I'll tell you. Believe it or not, I knit this scarf not once, but two, maybe three times.
It had a pretty inauspicious beginning. A simple garter stitch panel.
Too simple, in my opinion. And too flat and stiff, as well. Okay, do over!
What's a knitter to do? Look for inspiration, that's what! Cruising blogs one fine day I came across Nik's own design of a drop-stitch scarf. This is the second time that Nik has inspired my knitting, and I'm grateful for it.
Would the drop-stitch pattern work with my yarn? There was only one way to find out.
Yup, not bad. At the suggestion of fellow Spider, Virginia, I placed the YOs ever sixth row, instead of every other row. While Nik lives in North Carolina, and can probably get away with a light-weight scarf most days, here in New York we need some thermal protection (especially today, brrrrrr).
I was happy with what I saw. I knit, I knit, I knit and I knit.
Meanwhile, fall continued on:
I filled an apartment with boxes:
I rescued my stuff from storage:
And I moved to Brooklyn:
The scarf was easily four-feet long at this point. I ignored that nagging sensation that was telling me that my scarf was to wide. I had enough going on in my life and I didn't need to be bothered by the details of what I was knitting, I just needed the feel of the yarn and the needles in my fingers. I kept knitting, and ignoring.
I ignored, I ignored, I ignored. Until I could ignore no more:
That darn thing is too wide (thanks Lisa, for the photo).
I frogged, I frogged, and I frogged some more. I started again. [Yes, I frogged the entire scarf. What good is a too-wide scarf? And why should I waste the money that I spent on that yarn on something that I would never wear?]
So, once again, I knit, and knit, and knit. Pretty soon I had something nice to show for it.
Here I am (thanks Nancy) with that look of concentration I seem to get when I'm engrossed in something (hey, at least my tongue wasn't sticking out).
There, now you have it. Now you know.
Not quite in time for Christmas, but squeaking in just before New Year's, I present my finished Wavy Cables Scarf.
I love this. I feel like running all over the city while showing it to everyone who will look. Fear of arrest and good sense will prevent this from happening. I don't think it's too long (time will tell, and I'm prepared to shorten it if needed), and the wool is very warm and soft.
Pattern: My own! Wavy Cables Scarf.
Needles: US8s, and a cable needle (optional).
What would I do differently next time? I might cast on for a couple of extra repeats. The scarf could be a touch wider.
Wow, yesterday's prediction was dead on:
If it looks like the scarf goes on for miles it does. This thing is looooong. Blocking must have relaxed and flattened the stitches. Suddenly, 68 or 70 inches became more than six feet. Actually, I haven't measured it; I'm just guessing. If it's too long when I try it on, I'll just shorten it.
If you're wondering why I'm blocking this on towels instead of my trusty (off-white) dining room rug, I'll tell you: the yarn bled during the cold-water wash. Not wanting to risk a stain, I laid out the scarf on some towels. So far, none of the dye has transfered to the towels. Still, I'll need to be careful after future washings to keep this away from light colored textiles.
Meanwhile, I have a date with a paintbrush. I'll catch you peeps next week.
So, what, you think that I was just sitting around waiting for my window repairman? Not a chance! Not when Wavy Cables needed some fringe:
I debated about the fringe. I mean, the scarf pattern is busy enough, but when I considered everything, I thought that some tassles would be the perfect finishing touch. I'll trim them evenly after I block.
See, I told you that this laptop-free lifestyle would save you from numerous posts about the last bits of Wavy Cables knitting. You even missed out on the Wavy Cables finishing (imagine: knit two rows of seed stitch, bind off, weave in a few ends, and attach some tassles). If my predictions are correct, however, you won't miss a bit of Wavy Cables Blocking--stay tuned!