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Inches 32.5 - ∞ (and beyond!)

by Nanc filed under knitting on January 9, 2006 07:36 PM

Okay, not truly infinity. But at times, it felt like it.

Yes! The Dr. Who scarf is complete! Done. Finito. Nada mas. And I'm not even saying that like the knitting part is done, but seamin'* and blockin' still has to happen. I mean that it is ALL DONE... (well, except for mailing it off to my bro).

* Lilyan and Aubyn? That was especially for you!

If you squint, you can see Walter at the far end.

The final measurements on this behemoth of a scarf is 157" (13' 1" if you want to minimize the impact or 398.8 cm if you want to freak someone out... like me). I started knitting this scarf mid-October, and except for a few weeks of holidays and traveling, tried to work on this and this alone for the next few months. But let's be honest... I didn't get a lot of knitting time in, so the time it took me to knit this seems really exaggerated. Much like the size of the scarf itself.

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes on size US#7 straight needles. I cast on 60 stitches and knit a total of 520 ridges/1040 rows. (That's 62,400 stitches total for anyone keeping track.) I soaked it in Eucalan and blocked it on a total of 5 beach towels.

The Amazing linoleum colored cat!

I found the pattern here and decided on the Season 12 version. I did not add tassels (IMHO this just adds a bit of silly mess on a huge, boy scarf; plus it's a pain to do). Also, I did not stretch the scarf while blocking so it is not as long as it could be. (Wow - this really makes me wanna block it again and see what kind of length I could get outta it! But what a bother. Phooey.)

And even after all this knitting, there is quite a lot of yarn left over. In fact, there are some balls (um.. of yarn. sheesh) that I didn't even touch. Hmmm... hats? mittens? Felted slippers? Dr. Who scarf for Blythe? The colors and amounts of yarn that I used are listed below (the amounts in parenthesis are how much I ordered):

    Guess who he's about to attack?
  • Fern/green - 2.5 (5)
  • Snickerdoodle/tan - 3.25 (5)
  • Wheat/golden-brown - 1.5 (3)
  • Chestnut/brown - 1.5 (3)
  • Mist/grey - 1.75 (3)
  • Hyacinth/dark purple - 2 (3)
  • Red - 2 (3)

Curiosity be damned!

And of course when there's knits laying about (heck, or put away even), the kittens wanna be a part of it. Marie PussPuss was totally checkin' it out from the sidelines, but Walter (who's not so wee anymore) needed a closer look & smell. In fact as soon as I laid it out all nice and neat, wouldn't ya' know it - Dil and Walter think it's their own Red Carpet and trot back and forth on it - straight as they go! (Sorry bro, but only one wash-per-item in this household.)

a little help from my friends

Update Thanks to Chris, here's a pic of the scarf at the latest Stitch n' Bitch group. Aubyn, Chris, and I had just finished sewing in the ends. Phew! That was a lot of work, but so much easier with my friends. It takes three of us to hold it up: (L-R) myself, Petra (hiding behind scarf, but in an awesomely cute knitting T-shirt), and Aubyn. The rest of the gang shown in this pic are as follows: (facing camera; L-R) Bot-Gurl, Maureen, Jennifer, Hanane and her daughter; (backs to camera; L-R) Marcia (a new knitter), (can't remember name), and (can't remember name). There were a lot more knitters (and crocheters) at SnB, but this is only who the camera caught.

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Posted by: jen on January 10, 2006 12:56 AM

My gawd this is beautiful. YOu must LOVE your brother. ;) it looks like it's a carpet runner for your hallway for cripes sake! hahaha. great work. :)

Posted by: chris on January 10, 2006 07:57 AM

YAY! Scarf is done! And kudos to you for living through that much garter stitch . . . I'm very impressed. As for the leftover yarn, wow, you could do a lot with all that -- my vote is for some sort of felting project, after you get done with that tiny scarf for your creepy little doll. :)

Posted by: Aubyn on January 10, 2006 08:01 AM

i am proud of you as well-i am not sure that i could have made it through that much garter stitch-of course the thought of all the seamin' was what kept you going-now please do not make a scarf for that freaking eye color changing doll

Posted by: Pamelalala on January 10, 2006 08:42 AM

Ha! You said balls!!

Posted by: mk on January 14, 2006 12:11 PM

You did say "balls."

Glad you finished...it looks great. That brother of yours better appreciate it.


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