Na na na na na na na…Sorry I have had that song stuck in my head today. So, I found a stash of Wool Ease that I had purchased for a project several months ago, that was abandoned. So I had this great ball of crisp white wool yarn, a cup of coffee and an evening to myself. Instead of doing the million or so things on my to do list, I made a scarf. Yup, that is what I felt I needed to do.
Things have been moving very fast around here. Things have been rolling along a bit too quickly for my tastes; I was feeling a bit overwhelmed. I needed something to let my brain just mush and not have to think about anything. Thinking along those lines I had this scarf earmarked for something to make. I figured I would sit down, play some music, sip some coffee and just knit.
Boy was I wrong. You see this scarf is adorable, a quick knit – or it should be at least, chunky and airy at the same time. It uses a few very simple stitches that I am comfortable with, and I just couldn’t get it to come together. I didn’t know what was going on. Knit, yarn over, purl to together. I know these. But I cast on the number called for, and ended up with one less on the next row. What was going on?! I think it was my first yarn over that was tripping me up.
Since I know I am quicker and better at the knit stitch than the purl stitch, I thought I would mix it up. The directions over at Labor of Love are great. I understood them just fine, I just couldn’t get my yarn to do what I needed it to do. (Go check out her lovely orange scarf. I need to get that yarn because I am just in love with hers.)
What I ended up doing was reverse her directions. And it worked for me! I cast on the right number, 12, and purled my way across the first row. Purl one, yarn over and knit 2 together for the middle ten, purl the last one in the row. Flip and repeat.
It knitted up so quick and nice. I was thinking this one would be a gift but I am kind of loving the clean simple white of this scarf. Oh man! I hate when I make something for someone, fall in love with it, give it away, and then plan to make one for me…later. Because I never get around to it. I can’t be the only one who does that, can I? At least I know I would feel worse if I kept it for me and didn’t get around to making it for the giftee.
Going to have to call this one: Nailed It – mostly! While mine fought back, and I don’t think mine turned quite like the one she made, I love it! I don’t usually want the same thing everyone else has anyway, so I rarely set out to make a carbon copy. Since it turned out really cute, and I am happy with it, it goes in the win column for me.