I was watching some old episodes of Gilmore Girls and saw lead actress Lauren Graham dressed in a vertical striped orange, green and white scarf with huge tassels on the ends. I had no idea how to make a scarf super long with vertical stripes without changing the color. I thought if I changed it around so I just knit one color vertically, it would work. The scarf in question seems like it’s just knit, so I decided to do the same.
I cast on hundreds of stitches on my size 13 needles and started knitting. I knew I wouldn’t have enough for the entire scarf on just one needle length so I decided to make it in two sections.
I just started knitting… it was all garter stitch and I did 20 rows so it was thick enough for me to keep warm but still wrap it around my neck a few times.
I was so in to this project that I just kept knitting and was done in one afternoon- I think it was about 5 hours.
You can completely tell where the seam is but I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it look seamless. It looks great though- and surprisingly even in length of the two pieces. They’re only different by a couple inches, which was probably because I tried to fit as many stitches as possible on the needles. They were dangerously close to falling off but, short of buying size 13 Circulars, I needed to make it work.
I’m so excited to wear it out, since it looks nothing like that I’ve made previously.
By the way- I can’t find a picture of this scarf so I’ll attempt a screen grab when I’m home!
On Tuesday, we were introduced to blogger Lizzie Skurnick who told us about her job and having the life of a blogger. Her story is very interesting and I enjoyed hearing about her job and how these things called blogs can blossom into a very gratifying business.
From there we went around the room and talked about our blogs. I was wearing my brand new vertical-garter Green scarf and she commented that she really liked it and later stated that she would buy it if given the chance. Noah sitting next to me then said “Sell her the scarf!” and kept badgering me about it for the rest of the afternoon.
I kept thinking about it throughout the day and finally decided I made the right decision. This was my first venture into vertical-appearance knitting and I notice all the flaws in this idea: the middle seam is very visible, where my two skeins were tied together there’s a tuft of yarn hanging out… etc.
Noah thinks I was trying to justify it to myself. Mostly I just love the scarf too much to let it go.
That brought me to another thought: Everyone keeps telling me I should sell my scarves and make a business out of my craft. I would, if I didn’t particularly love something, but I’d rather sell the pattern and allow people to experience the love of their own hard work and whatnot… It may be a good idea in the future… Comment and let me know what you think.
On a side note:
Anthony on what he thought of Lizzie: I learned that if she fake-laughed, her body didn’t move but if she real-laughed, her body did move…