Monday, March 14, 2011

A Confession

So I have confessed many things on my blog, including my addiction to lip gloss, not being as technically savvy as I'd like, the fact that I think Kid Rock is sexy (in a trailer trash sort of way), and that I walk like a man in high heels.  Today comes another confession:  I start knitting projects and don't finish them.  I'm not sure why, but it is probably out of boredom.  You see, I only make scarves and the occasional blanket or shawl.  Don't get me wrong, I love yarn.  Actually, I was addicted to yarn before fabric.  But, let's face it, how many different patterns can one choose from to make a scarf?  A LOT!  How do I know this, you ask?  Well, I've spent hours and hours searching the internet for the pattern I printed out months ago when I started my latest scarf.  Here comes another confession.  I started knitting a scarf months ago.  Of course, I gave up working on it as I do with most knitting projects.  In the process, I lost the scrap bit of paper I used to write down the pattern stitch!

I decided to work on this scarf last week when I figured out that I can't travel that far from the couch due to my knee situation.  Prior to my knee surgery, I had big plans to get a lot of sewing done.  My master plan:  get an inventory completed and open my Etsy shop.  Well, since I haven't been able to get the sewing machine to my couch, I decided to get my knitting out and work on this scarf.  My husband found my knitting bag, but alas, no instructions inside!  I remembered that it was an even number cast on, a simple four row pattern and yarn overs were involved, but that's it.  I couldn't remember the rest.  I cannot remember where I obtained the pattern.  I searched the history on both computers trying to find the website.  I can't even recall if it is an actual pattern for a scarf or just the pattern stitch, which I adapted for my own scarf pattern.  I looked at what I had knitted so far and thought, "How hard will it be to find this stitch pattern on the internet?"  HARD.  I've searched hours and hours and still no luck.  I even joined Ravelry, a site for knitters and crocheters.  I know it is some sort of lace stitch because of the yarn overs and the "holes" that are produced from this stitch.  No luck.

Guess what?  I found my scrap bit of paper this morning while getting dressed!  It was in a purse I last used months ago!  This purse was hanging in my closet.  I decided to look inside on a whim and there it was!  So, I got myself situated on my couch and started in where I left off.  I knit a few rows and stopped.  After all this, however, I pledge to finish this scarf!  It just might take me until next winter!

I still don't know the name of the pattern stitch since I didn't write the name down on my scrap paper.  Here is the pattern stitch if you are interested or can tell me the name of the stitch, which is in in bold:

CO an even number of sts
K 6 rows
Row 1:  k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last stitch, k1
Row 2:  knit
Row 3:  k2, *yo, k2tog, rep from * until 2 st remain, k2
Row 4:  knit
Rep rows 1 - 4 until length desired

For my scarf, I've used Lion Brand Organic Cotton in strawberry, US size 11 needles and I cast on 18.

Have a great week!

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Heather said...

ooh, and it is my favorite color!!!!! Love it! I do hope you finish you. You will look awesome with the new scarf! I think Kid Rock is kinda hunky too. He lives near here some time of the year. He is from a town just over from mine. Scary how small the world is!

Frosted Petunias said...

Your scarf already looks adorable Angela! One of these days I'm going to learn how to knit. I hope you and your knee are doing better :)


Donnie said...

I'm learning to knit now and so far have only made dish'll get brave soon and might try this pattern. Hope your knee is improving.

Liana said...

Angela, I really enjoyed reading about your "confessions"--very entertaining! I only wish I had the patience to learn how to knit. My mom is a knitting machine. She always carries a knitting bag with her (or stashes knitting supplies in her purse) in case, you know--she gets held up in traffic or something! She has even started a knitting "club" at the college where she teaches. She said she felt like she was participating in covert drug-dealing activity or something because she found herself constantly whipping knitting needles out of a bag and whispering to people, "Here--try'll like it." Haha! She keeps assuring me that it's not as intimidating as it looks, but I'm not yet convinced...

Bonnie said...

tell me about it! I do it too so don't worry!! I love your scarf and thanks for the pattern! I encourage you to persist and finish, the feeling of satisfaction will be wonderful!

DeeDee said...

I so wish I could knit... I can crochet so knitting is out... lol... just kidding.. love your scraf..and I know you will get it done...

hope you are up and going real soon my friend

Stephanie said...

This post reminds me of my mom trying to teach me to cross-stitch. I swear I had an entire drawer full of unfinished cross-stitch patterns all knotted up beneath a layer of socks and underwear. Never again. I've often thought of taking up knitting, but I assume I'd wind up with the same problem. :)

Cindy Rose's Garden said...

I'll be waiting to see that finished scarf by May 1st. How's that for pressure? I have to have a 'due date' to get motivated! Ha!