Monday, December 26, 2011

A Long Time Waiting

This is a project that I finished several months ago.  I went through a phase this past summer in which I decided to buckle down and finish a bunch of WIPs I had sitting around.  I was becoming a bit overwhelmed by the amount of half-finished projects strewn about my apartment and decided it would be better to finish those up than to start anything new.


I'm not sure why I was even stalled on this project.  I loved knitting the cables and the yarn was wonderful to work with.  Life must have just gotten in the way at some point and forced me to put it aside.

The pattern is Jared Flood's Dryad scarf and I knit it using six skeins of his SHELTER yarn in the Button Jar colorway.  The yarn and pattern were a gift from my mother for my birthday last November (not this past one, but the one before.)


Despite my numerous attempts, the winter we've been having this year has proven too mild for such an excessive extraordinary scarf and I fear that I may have to retire it from my wardrobe until the snow really starts to fly.  I feel torn, as I both love the idea of snuggling up in this swath of rustic wool and also look upon the days of Arctic conditions with a healthy amount of apprehension.


I can tell you two things:  The first is that this scarf means business.  I'm convinced that this wool is magical and very likely produces its own warmth, which would explain why I overheat every time I try to convince myself that it's cold enough to wear.

The second is that based on my experience knitting this scarf, I knew as soon as I saw Jared Flood's new fingering-weight yarn, LOFT, I would be a fool to look away.


I do believe there will be a pair of magical hand ovens in my future, just as soon as I finish, well, everything else.  I fear it may be a long time waiting.

12 comments:

  1. I'm knitting Dryad right now (well, not *right* now, because I'm at work and not allowed to knit at work, and even if I was allowed, I'd probably just work on the sock in my purse rather than bring a very large scarf around with me), though I had to choose a bit more economical yarn, Harrisville Flax & Wool (now discontinued, but my LYS still has some) in Moss. I love knitting cables, and this has plenty! Yours turned out fabulously! I love that color.

    Kristie in MN (tygress on Ravelry)

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  2. Wow, that looks like a fairly intensive scarf. I'm thinking you'll get to wear it sooner rather than later.

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  3. It's a gorgeous scarf. I just love that color! I also just got my hands on some Loft, a gift from a dear friend. I cannot wait to wind it up and start knitting. I'm thinking of making another colorwork hat. See? I do still knit. ;)

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  4. It's beautiful! And I'm sure you'll need it sooner or later in PGH this winter.

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  5. That is beautiful, but a beast of a scarf, for sure.

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  6. Beautiful knitting and great photos - as always. Happy new knitting year!

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  7. I love cables...I LOVE cables...I LOVE CABLES...
    That scarf is to die for and if ever you decide that it just isn't for you anymore, just send it up here to the Great White North where it will see plenty of use in -30 celcius temperatures (-22 F)

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  8. That scarf has been on my to-knit list for a while - it's gorgeous! And I don't have to worry about whether I'd be able to wear it since Chicago winters are always cold.

    Great to see you back!

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  9. Youre so right. Im there with you. Your blog is unquestionably worth a read if anybody comes across it. Im lucky I did because now Ive acquired a whole new view of this. I didnt realise that this issue was so important and so universal. You surely put it in perspective for me.

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  10. I'm convinced that this wool is magical and very likely produces its own warmth.

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