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December 03, 2006

Knit Unto Others Scarf 2

Hey, look! I finished something!

Here's my second scarf for Knit Unto Others. I did finish it on December 2, as per the instructions, but I had company until well after midnight so I couldn't post. I hope it still counts, but really, counting in the prize drawings isn't the important issue here.

Yarn: Red Heart Baby Clouds (ick) from the stash. So old it had an Ames sticker on it.
Pattern: 20 stitches, k1p1 rib
Needles: size 10 (ick) metal (ick) straights (ick)

See all the "ick"s above? Those are there to signify the main reasons why I hated every stitch of this scarf. The yarn feels plasticky, and has tons of little loops and fiber bits that constantly get stuck on the needles. Hence the need for metal needles. I normally prefer something in the wood family, but without the slipperiness of metal, there was no way I could have managed this yarn. They were size 10, which is bigger than I really like, and straight, where I usually prefer circs or DPNs. So, you know, it wasn't really the most fun thing ever to knit.

Its one saving grace: it went extremely quickly. And, if I can distance myself from the torture of knitting it and try to look at it a bit objectively, I think it's pretty cute, and it will make a child happy and warm. So yay.

Posted by Kat at December 3, 2006 09:49 AM

Well, they are cute, and soft looking. I made a child's poncho from that yarn. Someone gave me the yarn, and it was a gift, and I finished it. That's all I have to say about that project. I totally understand your icks. LOL

p.s. Thanks for the well wishes for SP. We appreciate every one!

Posted by: Arleta at December 3, 2006 11:44 AM

Yay indeed! It is lovely.

Posted by: Julie at December 3, 2006 04:12 PM

The recipient will love it. I had to laugh when you mentioned Ames. I just found a skein of yarn from my crocheting days that has a Zayre label on it. They were bought out by Ames many many moons ago -- probably about 10 years or so before Ames died.

Posted by: twig at December 3, 2006 04:54 PM

I have a lot of trouble with loopy yarn too. I usually end up with the loops getting caught on the needles. The scarf looks really nice though.

Posted by: Sydney at December 3, 2006 06:38 PM

It's really cute! But yeah, I hate knitting yarns like that - even if the end result is adorable.

Posted by: Chris at December 3, 2006 09:28 PM

Ugh, I HATE that kind of yarn -- the super-acrylic-y shuddery kind with the plastic strings for good measure. For an added bonus, a lot of them are crinkly, which makes counting crochet stitches really, really difficult. I made an entire baby blanket out of it once, and it did come out pretty and soft, but I vowed NEVER AGAIN. (bouclé is almost as bad for me, but not quite.).

Posted by: Rachel at December 3, 2006 10:04 PM

LOL about the Ames sticker! I found something with an Ames sticker too. Luckily it wasn't yarn. I was born a yarn snob.

Good luck with the kitten. We're loving Lucy though our older cats are having a tough time adjusting. Right now they're all acting weird. They're petrified of the little thing.

Posted by: Beth at December 4, 2006 10:11 PM

Yeah, no tree is probably a good idea this year.

The snowman decoration is cute, but have you seen the commercial for it? If I were waiting hours for a delayed flight and somebody pulled out that thing and turned it on, I seriously would have no choice but to beat them over the head with it.

Posted by: AmyK at December 5, 2006 09:02 PM
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