Well, I am trucking along! In standard Lora fashion, I have abandoned the blanketa to finish a much more pressing project. My sister turns 34 Dec 11th and I need to finish a gift by Thanksgiving because I am too much of a cheap-ass to mail it. The story behind this lovely scarf is short and boring, but I will relate it here anyway because this is MY blog (well, Dee Anna’s and if she tells me to knock it off, I’ll comply). You can voice your opinion, but that doesn’t mean I have to or will listen to it.
My sister had this black chenille scarf that was all…loopy, for lack of a better word. The yarn was looped on top of each other and sewn through the middle. I’m not explaining it very well, but that’s not my fault. It was a weird scarf. Anyway, my daughter was around three at the time and thought that it would be very fun to play with. She grabbed one end, and pulled the other and OOPS! The entire thing unraveled smack dab in the middle. I took it home, consulted fellow knitter with much more experience Audrey about how this thing was fashioned and then proceeded to sew it back up to the best of my abilities. A few months later, the damn thing unravels again on my sister. I think she threw it away. So fast forward 2 years later to me standing in Wal-Mart in the yarn section looking at the clearance stash. (Btw, a quick aside, I overheard a saleswoman cutting fabric tell a patron that Wal-Marts across the country are discontinuing ALL fabric depts. They are trying to phase them out and only carry a limited supply of crafts. Juicy INFO, ladies! But a bit disappointing. They have the most affordable fabric section in town. Who cares if the choices are limited to duck prints and gingham?) Well, I stumbled across some Lion’s Brand Suede black chenille, MARKED DOWN, and it is literally screaming in my hand. “MAKE ME INTO THAT SCARF YOUR CHILD DESTROYED! I’LL BE BETTER, FASTER, STRONGER THAN BEFORE!” And then Kanye West jumped out from behind the pattern cabinets and started rapping to Daft Punk. It was really weird.
But I got to thinking that this skein of yarn was onto something. I could make that crap scarf of my sister’s better. I could improve upon the original and make it so that it was virtually IMPOSSIBLE to unravel, by knitting it in the round. That would also make it fuzzy on all sides and super warm. It turned out extremely thick and if you tried to wrap it all the way around your neck, I’m pretty sure it would turn into a Burmese python and strangle you. No one would find your body for weeks until the neighbors started noticing a weird smell, or your co-workers finally noticed your cubicle had been empty for a while and nothing was getting put in your outbox. I think I could’ve made it thinner. The chenille was VERY thick. I used size 10 1/2 dpns and cast on 24 stitches. I could’ve casted on 16 or even 12 and the result might have been better, but what’s done is done. Let’s not all be Marty McFly and get in our awesome time traveling Deloreans that run on plutonium and disrupt the space time continuum just so we can tell ‘Past Lora’ to cast on less stitches. The stupid bitch.
Pictures? Yes and please!