Well, at least I can say that there’s one less project underway then when I wrote yesterday’s post. I give you the Two-year Tweed Hat and Scarf Set, an adventure in long-hibernating knit projects.
A brief calendar of events in the life of the Two-year Tweed:
January 2010: I feel a deep, driving desire for a white winter scarf. (I had seen a picture of one – a tweedy white scarf draped over a cast-iron fence in a frosty autumn setting – and decided I loved it.) Attempt to ignore desire for two weeks but am defeated. Decide I must make scarf despite 237 projects already on the needles and/or in queue. Too cheap to buy the pattern, but reasoned I was smart enough to figure out how to knit cables… it’s all knitting and purling, right? How hard could it be? Went to Great Yarns! and bought 3 skeins of Cascade 220 tweed. Realized I couldn’t figure out how to cable from thin air, locate excellent free pattern Mom’s Cabled Scarf and dive in. Knit 2/3 of scarf.
June 2010: Decide I don’t need any more stand-alone scarves, which means I want a hat to match this one. Set about looking for a hat pattern that would match. Select Katherine Hat as a ‘close enough’ pattern, cast on. Knit 10 rows of ribbing. Stop because I want to elongate larger cable and am not quite sure how to proceed.
January 2011: Pull 2/3 finished scarf and the hat ribbing out of the cabinet where it had been sitting for about 6 months. Finished knitting scarf body. Knit a few rows on hat. Comment sarcastically on Ravelry on Jan 17 that it would be nice to finish project before a year had gone by. Backfires, stop working on project.
November 2011: Finish knitting all of hat except last few rows of decreases because I can’t figure out a good way to decrease without totally hoarking up the cables pattern. Make another wry comment on Ravelry about finishing set before Thanksgiving. Am obviously a slow learner regarding sarcasm’s effect on productivity.
December 2011: (see final sentence in entry above)
January 2012: Finally finished last 6 rows of hat. Turns out it wasn’t that hard. Started wearing hat. Conveniently ‘forget’ about scarf for a full three weeks. Finally weave in ends on scarf. Get compliment on ‘toque’ from friend! Contemplate putting big fat tassel on hat to match planned but non-existent scarf fringe. Don’t do either.
January 30, 2012: While waiting on the phone, on hold by a government agency that shall remain un-named (I’m looking at you, FAA), I pull out my trusty John Denver CD case and wrap the last bit of one of the now-ratty balls of 220 around it. Don’t care much about precision. Cut off fringe and add with overhand knots. Decide scarf with fringe is lovely and wonder why I didn’t finish it 1.75 years ago.