The Longest Scarf in the World

The above is a photo of a scarf that doesn’t exist anymore.  Can you tell why?  Can you see why this afternoon I ripped the entire thing out?

The yarn is hand painted 4 ply fingering weight merino.  It’s beautiful.  But, as you can see above, the two skeins that I need to make this scarf are not identical.  At the point where I’ve joined the second ball, about 2 inches from the end of the scarf in the photo, you can see that the color changes at just slightly different lengths.  Where the first ball created blotches of colors in a really nice speckled effect, the second ball just made stripes.  I would have a scarf that looked very different on one end from the other end.  I don’t like the stripes.  I was really annoyed.

The scarf is for DB, not for me.  I asked him what he thought.  He wasn’t as worried about it as I was.  But I really REALLY didn’t want to spend the next 6 weeks finishing this thing only to have it look silly.  So I frogged it.

Here I am, unraveling the scarf and winding the yarn around the back of a chair.  I’m the human swift.

When I finished ripping it out, I tied off the yarn in 4 places, then lifted it off the chair.  It looked like this:

Funny, huh?  I like this look.  It looks to me like Zwarte Piet hair.

I took it to the kitchen sink, gave it a good warm bath, and now it’s hanging on a hanger in the bathroom, drying.  It’s all straight and normal looking again.

My plan is to combine the skeins, knitting with 2 yarns held together, on larger needles and fewer stitches.  The good news is that on bigger needles the work will go a lot faster.  The bad news is that I’m starting all over again.  I originally started this scarf over a year ago.  If I add up all the work I’ve already put into it, plus the work I’m GOING to put into it, it’s got to be the longest scarf in the world.

One thought on “The Longest Scarf in the World

  1. Christopher November 29, 2009 / 14:40

    Just think of all the good karma you are building with this project – when your love for the recipient outweighs your lack of love for the project!


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