November 07, 2005
My dad called today and asked about his "sharfik" - that's the diminutive of scarf in Russian, sort of like, "scarfy-poo." My dad IS the cutest.
I told him that I have a solid idea of what I want to do, but as with every pattern written from scratch, a few things need to be tweaked along the way.
Dropping a column of stitches to fix one at the bottom, or in this case, to change an entire column of purls to knits, is a great technique to know, but it doesn't work so well close to the edge. I didn't take a picture of the loose mess that followed this procedure, but I think you can use your imagination ;).
In any case, visions of blocking miracles weren't going to stop me from frogging the whole thing - I frogged quicker than you can say, "Damn, I might as well be knitting with blunt-ended dowels, they sure would be cheaper than these $15 Addis, and probably would work better, too! Now that I have a reason to start over, hand me a pair of sharp-pointed Boyes, wouldja?"
Having a decent pair of needles makes all the difference, and once I had ditched the Addis, I was knitting much quicker. At this moment, I have knit through 1 skein out of 4, about 11" worth.
The quick among you will surely notice that at this speed, 4 skeins will take me to only 44", a scarf length that my mom says looks "stupid," and is clearly less than the requested "53 inches plus fringe." I sent YarnCountry.com an e-mail, and I hope that they'll have one more ball of the same dye lot for me - we'll see.
The pattern I came up with is quite handsome - it's for my dad's sharfik, it has to be :). Rather than post a picture of it now, I think I'll hold off until the scarf is done (and blocked, and fringed), and then I'll post pictures together with the pattern. At this speed, it will be in time for holiday gifts ;).
Speaking of patterns, are any Jaywalker knitters other than Cara interested in featuring your Jaywalker FO in the gallery? I am currently conceiving a new sock pattern, and I'd like to first see what happened of the Jaywalker! Leave me a comment, drop me a line, send me a picture, whatever :).