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Stained Glass Scarf

Project: Stained Glass Scarf from Handknit Holidays
Yarn: Artyarns Ultramerino

I started this project sometime before I got pregnant with Z.  Probably not too long after the book came out in 2005.  At the time, I had to source some of the yarn with the help of a Canadian blog friend.  John liked the scarf exactly. as. pictured -- so I mounted a search for exactly those yarns.  It is not easy to get my engineer to admit to liking something handknit.

Five years later, he finally has a scarf.  While I love the texture, pattern and design of this scarf, double knitting on small needles is a time consuming process.  I got very little done on it until 2007 when I had Z and would work on the scarf while she was nursing.  It kept me sane through some long nursing sessions.  Then the project came out here and there when we traveled in the car.  Finally, it landed on my list of projects that MUST BE FINISHED THIS YEAR!  And while John played Half Life 2 and Fallout 3 I worked and worked and worked on this scarf. 

20101212_StainedGlassScarf.jpgI think he looks quite dashing in it and with all that thick squooshy double knit fabric, I know it will be both soft and warm.  He is vaguely skeptical of the red in the scarf (he calls it pink, I call it "light red"), but it goes well with the brown and the green, and since one side is more brown, he's willing to live with it.

This pattern is easy to follow and execute, but it's definitely not something you're going to knit in a weekend -- unless you can knit with both hands and can knit with one and purl with the other.  It's also a little pricey since it takes two skeins of each yarn color.  That said, the result is wonderful and the scarf would be a special gift for any special person on your list.

And Speaking of Lingering Projects...


20080810_StainedGlassScarf.jpgYep, here it is again, the Stained Glass Scarf that I started for John over two years ago.
This is far from the longest distance between start and end points for a project, but, at this proint, I can't even call this project half way finished!  However, since I have made notable progress since the last time I posted about it and it's finally beginning to look like something that could actually shield one's neck from the cold in winter, I thought I would provide the photographic evidence of that fact.

This project falls into the category of project where the results are beautiful, the yarn is fabulous to knit with but the knitting process gets intensely boring about one inch past the color switch and you hat the idea of giving it up when you've finally found a scarf that your husband actually indicates that he both likes and would be willing to wear.   I think when it's finished, it's going to be a wonderful scarf, but when I started it, I had no idea that the double knitting would take me so long to get through.  I get the whole knitting each row twice thing, but it still feels like I should be farther for all the time and knitting I've put into the darn thing. 

Once my Kushu Kushu scarf is complete, this scarf will probably become the couch project.  Lord knows, if any project in my current rotation is stuck in purgatory, it's definitely this one.

Nursing Along A Scarf

The Current Status of the Stained Glass Scarf

Now that May's collar is done, I had to find another project that I could work on while nursing. For me, the ideal project is something that

a) doesn't take too much thought
b) doesn't involve double pointed needles*
c) isn't insanely monotonous
d) can be stopped and started at almost any place without being difficult to figure out where I am
e) is already on going and needs to be finished
f) doesn't require row counting

This more or less eliminates socks on double pointed needles (which is my favorite sock knitting mode at the moment), lace (i.e. the Diamond Fantasy scarf and another lace scarf project I have started), my Habu scarf, Rogue, the Kaleidoscope Vest I am still working on for Dad and casting on something new -- I just have too much that needs finished up right now to justify starting a new project.

The two projects that were left to me then, were the Stained Glass Scarf and my Mountain Colors Targhee Log Cabin square blanket. The blanket might get some play later on, but for right now, I didn't want to deal with scissors and crochet hooks.

So I started working on the Stained Glass Scarf again. It pretty much fit perfectly with my qualifications. It's one of those projects that makes me crazy if I try to work on it in any kind of faithful or dedicated way, because it takes so long for any progress to be visible. The double knitting makes a very nice thick fabric (one that I think would make a great headband for John, so this might not be the last time I use it) but when you have to knit every row twice, it makes for pretty slow going. However, it is just mindless enough not to be something that requires a chart, but not so mindless that I'd rather read a book than work on it. And it's easy to pick up and put down on a moment's notice. About the only challenge is a baby who likes to fling an arm out and grab at yarn -- it's an accidental thing at this point, but knowing my baby it will be more purposeful in the not too distant future.

Since Z usually nurses from 30-60 minutes** a session and we have about 3-4 sessions a day when I can sit in a place where I can work on it, I'm hoping that with a week's worth of nursing I'll be able to see some progress. It would be awfully nice to be able to have this scarf for my husband while we're still in this decade...

* Z is getting more and more active and I worry a double pointed needle could be potentially dangerous if she flung a hand or any other body part in the wrong place at the wrong time.

**Yes, I know this suggests that she might just be pacifying, but I'm pretty good at telling the difference between her real nursing and just nibbling...and she really does seem to be nursing all that time -- I figure I must not have a huge capacity, but I keep producing in a steady enough fashion that if she just keeps at it she gets what she needs. Also, she only nurses 5-6 times a day instead of the 7-8 that a lot of babies her age nurse, and she has one 7 hour stretch at night when she doesn't nurse, so I figure she's making up for lost time. And, truth be told, I'd rather have fewer longer nursing sessions than more short ones... it's easier for me to manage my days that way.


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