So first thing this morning I decided to hold a personal photo shoot. Only one picture of myself turned out, as I had little helpers bumping the tripod and climbing on chairs trying to see the pictures on the camera's screen as I snapped them with my remote. They are enthusiastic assistants, I'll give them that. I did finally get Lucy settled with some Cheerios (hard work, those little O's) and plopped Charlie in front of Monkey Pumpkin, or, in layman's terms, Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest.
I wanted to take some pictures because I finished my long, skinny scarf last night. You guys, it is, no lie, the first item I've ever made for myself. I've been knitting for 15 years. That's insane, right? I had a skein of handspun from Paradigm Farms, an alpaca farm owned by a local fiber artist, and decided that it would knit up best into a simple tube scarf, so the yarn would be the focal point instead of a design. The alpaca is so soft, and I like the other scrap fibers spun in with it. The pops of color are interesting, but the total palette is cohesive. I like it!
We've had such warm weather lately (think high 70s, low 80s), I was sure I'd missed my window to enjoy the scarf this winter. But, obviously, I still have an opportunity to bundle up with this Winter Storm Quantum or whatever we're calling it.
I've written the "pattern" below, but honestly, it's pretty straight forward. You might have guessed the pattern by looking at the scarf. My yarn was marked as a light worsted yarn, but it's a pretty rustic handspun with lots of thick and thin details. I knit the scarf on large dpns, so it's is a little open in places, and very stretchy.
Skinny Tube Scarf
See it on Ravelry!
150-175 yds of light worsted or DK weight yarn (I used handspun alpaca)
US size 9 double pointed needles
yarn or tapestry needle
1. Cast on 18 stitches.
2. Rearrange the stitches on three dpns. Join for working in the round.
3. Knit. Knit some more. Knit for days. Knit knit knit.
4. When you have about 1/2 yd of yarn left, or have reached your desired scarf length, bind off all stitches.
5. Weave in ends. Blocking optional, but I like the unblocked look.
6. Go look fabulous in your new scarf.