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« on: December 19, 2008 10:52:40 PM »

It's December.  I live in the Northern Hemisphere.  Whoever took our cold weather, plz to be sending it back now, kthx...I want to wear my knitted stuff! Tongue

I got tired of staring at one of my bags of yarn, the remains of a failed crazy-slouchy-hat-experiment, and I needed something mindless to keep my hands busy while I lazed around on the couch (stupid busted up knees, grr) and watched nerdy movies over and over and over again, so I grabbed a random circular needle (turned out to be a 29" size 10.5US) and cast on until I was sick of casting on...lots of garter stitch, a bit of stockinette, nine different yarns*, and five days later I had what I'm calling my magpie scarf:

(Pardon the moodiness of that second shot, it was my self-portrait for the day.)

I still have no idea how many stitches were in each row, never bothered to count them, but it took about 15-20 mins to  knit across each one...the poor thing was really scrunched up on the needle, so I didn't even know how long it was gonna be 'til I bound it off.

Without stretching, it's about a foot wide by nine feet long, not counting the fringe.

I adore it, and am anxiously awaiting the return of cold air so I can wear it for more than five minutes without passing out from heat stroke.

*Lion Brand Landscapes, Lion Brand Lion Boucle Multi, Moda Dea Beadnik, 2 colors of Patons Classic Wool Merino, Plymouth Yarn Jelli Beenz, Red Heart Ltd. Soft Yarn Solids, Samband of Iceland Lava which I dyed an apple green, and an unidentified 100% wool which I dyed a variegated fluorescent rainbow.

« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008 11:06:05 PM »

That's really neat! I like it alot! I always see the crazy scarves or blankets where people took a lot of different yarns and to tell the truth they're not usually really my *thing*. But in this one, the colors go together really well and it's not overpowering. I dunno if it was coincidence, but it turned out really nice!

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008 11:24:56 PM »

Thanks!  I'm way too obsessive to ever do a truly random project, there's only so much control I can let go of...all the yarns were carefully selected based on how well they went with all the others, and then I had to think and rethink and rethink exactly what order they would go in, and and and...there's a lot of work and consideration behind my particular brand of crazy Wink

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2008 11:31:11 PM »

I love the colors!  It makes my eyes gush with joy! As for the cold, I think it is over here in Northern California. I live on the coast and it is snowing here! This is VERY weird weather for us, 2 weeks ago I was in flip flops.  Don't worry the cold will come back.  Double thumbs up on the scarf!

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2008 11:44:23 PM »

I love it! The colors are gorgeous!
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2008 12:00:42 AM »

This is awesome!  I absolutely love the colours, and how wide it is!

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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2008 12:48:45 AM »

love it, and love your style.  I want a scarf like that!  Oh, and I think I have your cold weather too.  It sucks here.  (I'm in the Northern Hemisphere too)  Although I'm lacking in knitted item to wear for these very cold days!
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2008 01:19:52 AM »

I will happily trade weather patterns with anybody, I'm so sick of the warmth.

And, yay, it's always neat to find that other people like something that makes you happy! Grin

...and how wide it is!
The only real goal I had for this was that it be big enough for me to walk around with piles of knitting around my neck and shoulders, like some huge, dramatic, abstract collar.  Most of my scarves are of a more 'normal' width.

« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2008 01:54:36 AM »

absolutely gorgeous colors.

« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2008 03:31:12 AM »

That is gorgeous...I LOVE the green.  I could use a scarf like that.  I live in Chicago and we have plenty of cold weather, more than I can stand.
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