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I finished a scarf!

It's knitted out of four different yarns: shetland wool, kid mohair, tussah silk/wool (all hand dyed) and recycled silk. Each row is a separate piece of yarn that's tied to the previous row (this forms the fringe). I got the yarns at the Mendocino County Wool and Fiber Festival in September.

Instructions for the scarf are in The Knitting Experience: Book 1 The Knit Stitch. As a beginning knitter, I like this book's instructional design a lot and I think a lot of the projects are really attractive looking (but large sizes for the clothing projects aren't given, phooey). The only thing I could do without is the author's blathering on about how knitting is spiritual and meditative and will "change your life." I do understand what she's saying but...can't people just have hobbies any more?

Here it's sitting on the cat condo next to my computer.
scarf on condo

The OH took some pictures of it on me. Here's one of the tame ones. :-)

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punzel
Dec. 23rd, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
Oh my. That's so lovely it forces "Decadent" and "Practical" to kiss and make up!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
*grin* What a great turn of phrase! (And thanks!)
bobbylevi
Dec. 23rd, 2004 10:50 am (UTC)
That's wonderful... all that colour and texture. Mmmm!! :-)

I agree about the hobbies, isn't it enough to do things because you enjoy them, without needing to find some other agenda for them.
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
hobbitbabe
Dec. 23rd, 2004 11:16 am (UTC)
That's gorgeous! I imagine it must feel great against your skin, too.
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It has a variety of textures, from super-soft (tussah silk/wool) to a bit scratchy (recycled silk).
zebraartist
Dec. 23rd, 2004 11:33 am (UTC)
that's just beautiful!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
epi_lj
Dec. 23rd, 2004 12:03 pm (UTC)
"Here's one of the tame ones. :-)"

Awwww!


;)

Very nice scarf!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:41 pm (UTC)
Patience, grasshopper :)

Thanks!
dandelion_diva
Dec. 23rd, 2004 12:11 pm (UTC)
Ooohhhhh. Lovely.:)

Gessi
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
pir_anha
Dec. 23rd, 2004 01:31 pm (UTC)
Re: I finished a scarf!
oh, that's yummy texture! (and i love that icon, in case i hadn't mentioned it before.)
porcinea
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: I finished a scarf!
Speaking of icon love --- squee!! Yours is adorable.
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slfisher
Dec. 23rd, 2004 01:33 pm (UTC)
My mom knew how to knit. My sister is teaching herself to knit (and I got a gorgeous chenille scarf for my birthday that she said took her just three hours). All my little old lady friends know how to knit and crocher and stuff and they're always making things to give away or auction off for charity, like tiny hats for premature babies. It seems to be socially acceptable to do in public, unlike, say, reading the newspaper while someone's talking.
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC)
That's the main reason I taught myself to crochet and knit - I wanted something to occupy my hands at parties.
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therealjae
Dec. 23rd, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, the colours are *perfect*.

-J
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
geekchick
Dec. 23rd, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's gorgeous!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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pyrzqxgl
Dec. 23rd, 2004 04:57 pm (UTC)
Very nice!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
sashajwolf
Dec. 23rd, 2004 06:16 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
pameladean
Dec. 23rd, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC)
That's really lovely; the colors and texture are both so rich.

I think the going-on about the spirituality of knitting is a form of getting going at things backwards. People learn to knit as a hobby or a necessity or because everybody else is, a whole slew of different reasons, trivial, practical, social, desperate. A lot of them then discover that the activity is spiritual and meditative and changes their lives. That's the right progression. To promote such activities for those reasons alone is to begin with your conclusion, not to mention annoying the hell out of people who really do just enjoy it or need to do it but don't find it very spiritual.

P.
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. And those are good thoughts about why people talk about the spirituality/meditative experience of knitting.
gloriajn
Dec. 23rd, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
Whoa! That's so beautiful!

And thanks for linking to the instructional book. I'm going to put it on hold at my library, since I really want to learn to knit this next year.
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks!

Bwaha, we've recruited another one!
caprine
Dec. 23rd, 2004 07:54 pm (UTC)
Ooooohh purty!
firecat
Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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