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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. :-)


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.

Dec. 23rd, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks. And those are good thoughts about why people talk about the spirituality/meditative experience of knitting.

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