Thursday, December 31, 2009

the one way trip scarf

The last of the gifts, cast on in New Haven, takes exactly the time of a heavily trafficked holiday eve drive to DC to knit. As long as someone else is at the wheel (thanks Dave).

I've been seeing a scarf similar to this all season, with a designer name on the tag. It seemed too easy, And besides, I obviously have some kind of deconstructed/destroyed mojo going on.
Pattern: One Way Trip
Yarn: mixture of heavy worsted leftovers, including recyled sari slk. I used some Brown Sheep, some Farmhouse Yarns Andy's Merino, some Araucana naturwool Chunky, some Noro mystery yarn, and some Green Mountain Spinnery.
Dimensons: approx 6" wide by 63" long
Needles: size 10us

Cast on 24 stitches of sari silk, knit 10 rows.
*Switch to another color leaving a 2.5" tail at edge, and cutting the sari silk with a 2.5" tail. Knit 20 rows.
Join sari silk, leaving a 2.5" tail on it and cutting a 2.5"tail on the finished color . Knit 3 rows of sari silk.*
Repeat from * to   halfway point. Knit  a 4 row section of another color, Knit 3 rows  sari silk .
Resume following repeats between* to  almost to desired length, end with 10 rows of sari silk.
Finishing: cut a several  5" sari silk pieces, knot them doubled with some of the single yarn ends where the sar slk rows fall spaced on long sides. Knot other yarn ends at their base, creating decorative pieces along side.
I'm not one to wax poetic on the joys of garter stitch but I was happy knitting this. Maybe because of making my deadline for it as a gift, maybe because it distracted me from the traffic and the increasingly neurotic geriatric dog pacing & woofing in the back,  with pursuant teenage complaints over dog breath issues. Or maybe I liked using up the leftovers? Who knows.

I'm not sure if it's a win or just patchwork weird . A good project at the end of a challenging year; using up odds & ends & leftovers, putting them together in the hopes that it'll start next year pretty. Happy 2010 !


Anonymous said...

Inspired! Helps that it was made while you were going to my hometown. :)

Carole Knits said...

I like the colors and the funkiness of it but I think I would be compelled to weave in the ends.

Mary Lou said...

I didn't know there was a fashion element to unwoven ends. If you look at the inside of some of my garments I am kick ass fashionable. It looks fun, and I think perhaps only knitters would feel compelled to weave in ends.

Vicki Knitorious said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! I kind of almost want MORE loose ends...

Ellen Bloom said...

Great, quick knit to use up all those lovely leftovers! I like the's very New York runway.
Happy New Year, Gale!!!

Diane said...

Hey Gale! Your ends are showing!!! :P

Happy new year!

Cookie said...

We both ended the year with garter stitch scarves. I think Steve Madden should stick to shoes, but your version is nice in a funky sort of way.

Happy New Year, Gale!


twinsetellen said...

Awesome. I agree with VK - more loose ends! How about tying on extra strands at each join - almost making tassels? Note to self - must try...

Cathy R said...

A definate win!! What a lucky (and lovely) niece.