Nine years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, I turned on my computer, tiptoed onto Typepad, came up with a cutesy name for myself and my blog and started typing away. This was blogging's golden age; we all had so much to share and discuss and photograph, and discuss some more. Knitting and blogging were so perfectly suited to each other, with photos showing our progress, and words revealing our train of thought, especially the constant second-guessing that goes on through the long days of bringing a pullover or blanket, row after row, all the way to its very last stitch.
Between then and now, Ravelry, and to a lesser degree Instagram, have made it easier to share our knitting, and no doubt this is why so many blogs have gotten much quieter, if they are still here at all. Part of me misses that time. Ravelry gives me just the facts, ma'am, but I miss the ramblings of every knitter I ever met, the meditation on pocket placement, the debate on whether or not to knit the edge stitch, the agonizing over sleeve length. And for this the blog is best -- no subject too trivial, never too many comments -- long live the blog.
It has been months since I made the effort to put together a few photos of my knitting along with a few words to share my train of thought as I knitted a project from start to finish. In recent weeks, I have been itching to share the knitting that has taken place around here during that time, and since the blog's anniversary is upon us this week, now seems like the perfect time to sweep up the cobwebs, push the creaky door to the knitting internet and wave my hand. Hello, there! Remember me? I am still knitting, mostly reds but not only, and I'd love to have a little show and tell if you'll let me. I'll start today with a humble garter stitch scarf. I know, I know -- but this one is special.
Back in the Spring, surfing Ravelry as one does, I found this: a simple scarf, all garter stitch, made of bright color blocks. I started playing right away, pulling together skeins of Koigu KPM, the solid version of Koigu yarn. For the body I used three skeins: dark red, olive green and coral pink. For these three I only had partial skeins, between 1/2 and 1/3 of a skein each, which resulted in blocks of different lengths. I had more of the eggplant color so I saved it for the borders and the few rows that separate the blocks.
I knitted the edging by picking up stitches and knitting them one side at a time, log-cabin style. It took one whole skein of Koigu, plus a few yards of a second one. I love this edging by the way; it pulls the blocks together and makes them look more urban and sophisticate, as opposed to a plain, stash-busting scarf.
This is my own version of the pattern; I recreated the scarf by myself, using the photo as inspiration. There are quite a few Carlisle scarves on Ravelry worth looking at. Mine is on the more conservative side, if you can call this mix of colors conservative. Pay no attention to my serious face as I attempt to model the finished scarf: I am thrilled with it. Koigu is a dream to knit with and to wear.