Second verse, same as the first

Can’t talk. Knitting Fox Paws.

foxpawsscarflong 2015-02-06

Two more repeats accomplished, and the end is truly in sight.  I’ve got a scarf I love the length of, and it’s just about the length of the cushions on the chesterfield, so when Fox Paws covers that distance, it’s done. (Maybe plus a little bit. It’s not like you want to wimp out when you’re making something that’s taken this long.)

foxpawsscarflong2 2015-02-06

Still, I need to make a pair of socks, and Lou’s Birthday is coming, and I have another scarf to knit and… c’mon Fox Paws. Let’s tango to the finish line.

115 thoughts on “Second verse, same as the first

  1. I’m a little surprised that that pillow there isn’t knitted, and the rug, too….. In fact, that whole couch could have a knitted cover if you were truly devoted. It’s also much better at trapping cat hair.

    • I’ve actually considered it – but the knitted pillow cover I do have stretches out a lot. A knitted slipcover for a couch would probably not work so well in practice. (But wouldn’t it be fun to work on it, nearly finished, at, say, a boring meeting? Talk about distractions!)

  2. I need a knit like that this month.
    Garter stitch mitered squares because the kids need a blanket to snuggle under is great “while I’m doing something else” knitting, but getting boring.

    Time to pick colours for fox paws, maybe?

      • Oh, that’s what I’ve been doing! There’s no way I’m weaving in all those ends. They just haven’t been trimmed off yet, I’ll do that after blocking.

        • I figured that you had been weaving as you go, you can see the clean edges in the pictures, also I’d be bracing for some angry emails if you still needed to sew in ends.

          I’m not the only one that has serious rage about that I’m sure.

          • This is how I do it, must say it is a lot easier to understand when knitting continental, because you have the yarn on the same finger as when knitting two colours/fair isle, and wrap the yarn as if you are preventing long floats, only on each stitch. Easy peasy!

  3. You are sooo close… I was so frustrated when I began Fox Paws that I named my project “Solitary Foxen” because I could only work on it when no one was talking or even singing on the radio, but by the end of my Fox journey, the pattern had become almost but not quite second nature, and I was able to sit with my friends, and even talk a bit … I hope that you will be as happy with yours as I am with mine

  4. Gorgeous and you are in the home stretch now! (Remember when you had to knit the first repeat 4x? This is when the 3 practice repeats would come in handy).

  5. Just gorgeous! If my daughter read your blog she’d be hounding me mercilessly to make this, she loves anything that could be wolf related (she would say they are wolf paws).

  6. I confess that while ‘Fox Paws’ is beautiful…It looks (from where I sit, through this laptop’s monitor) like you’ve been knitting upholstery fabric. Looking forward to a photo of the scarf actually wrapped around a neck…!

  7. I know you’ve got plenty of knitting mojo, expertise, and savvy, but from time to time over the years you’ve accused us of not having your back, so I’ll go ahead and point out that it looks like your scarf is going to grow when you block it. In which case, knitting it to the length you want and then blocking it might make it too long. Just sayin’

  8. What does it look like on the other side? I have a real problem with scarves (and to a lesser extent shawls) that have to be draped juuuust right so as to not show the wrong side.

  9. I dream if knitting this one day, but it won’t be for a few years yet. My list is too long already and my toddler is too much of a distraction. For now I am stuck with lots of rather boring knits. I miss things that I actually need to follow a pattern, I just don’t knit anything fun anymore, so sad.

  10. I was wondering about all of the ends that need to be sewn in, but I don’t see them!! So when it’s done, it’s not going to have tons of work to do to finish it off. Can’t wait to see it blocked out.

  11. I think Fox Paws feels a bit like raising children – you work on it diligently and then, you look back, and are amazed at what you have created. I don’t know why it makes me think of that but it does. Beautiful.

  12. Your fox paws post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you-My KAL group told me you were posting on it when I mentioned I was knitting the exquisite pattern. I am struggling in repeat one and then started to look at it like my buddhist practice- just stay in the moment and breath. Fox Paws is all about the moment and beauty and so many other life lessons. I am happy.

  13. Wow I am impressed love the colours . I have to ask how long did it actually take you so far? I have started this fox paws and had to rip it back out as I just could not focus and being interrupted did not help
    What kind of needles are you using?
    Great post

  14. Wow love the long have you been knitting on this one so far? I have started fox paws too but had to rip back of I could not focus on it and being interrupted did not help either.what kind of needles are you using?

  15. I started this soon after your first post because I could not resist. I played with a swatch until I could figure out what colors I wanted to use. Ended up using a very soft palette of grays and blues with a hint of light lavender and cream. Then I forgot to take a pic before I gave it to a friend. She put it on the back of her couch because she’s afraid to tear it up. I told her that half the fun of a gift is seeing it used. Anyway, I used the same Knit Picks Palette yarn as the designer and it did not grow when blocked at all. I plan on making myself something with this pattern, just need a little rest from it!

  16. Lovely – it’s still on my “to challenge” list, but then so is my husband’s Alice Starmore fair isle vest! Actually the vest is right up to the arm holes – perhaps I’m just scared of committing to the steek.

  17. It’s beautiful! I would never have the perseverance to knit something so fussy, so thanks for taking a hit for the team. Also, thanks for that photo – I finally understand what a “chesterfield” is!

    We are all rooting for you. Just think of that warm glow you’ll get when you finish (I still have a bit of it left after completing intricately patterned Mamluk socks … now just have to work out how to wear them so that everyone can see them and admire…). Perhaps I should switch to scarves — they’re out there loud and proud, ready to catch the compliments! I can only imagine the torrent of admiration that will greet those beautiful Fox Paws when they’re ready to run off the needles.

  19. It’s the weird scarf length warp. It’s short, it’s short, it’ll never be long enough, and then on your next row, WHAM – it’s almost finished!

  20. Finish line….I was almost there with this sweater I am making for a friend and…well…I did not measure correctly and it was too short. Rip it, rip it, rip it. My finish line got farther away
    Fox Paws looks great. Don’t let it miss it’s finish line.


  21. I know from past posts that you are not overly keen on circular needles. Do you have a particular reason for using them for Fox Paws? I don’t really like circulars, but will use them if I have to. I’m planning to knit Fox Paws soon….would you recommend circulars? Or could you just not find the right straights?

    • I’d recommend the circulars, at at one point in the repeat the stitch count increases dramatically, and the work is quite contracted, the circular needles give you a little ease for the work.

  22. I haven’t commented here for years because it doesn’t feel right to do it without reading all the previous comments and that is too overwhelming, but I love the idea of measuring a scarf on the couch (I mean, chesterfield). If I had done that with my Haruni I might have a scarf that I actually wear. Thanks for the tip!

  23. Keep going while you are in the groove until it is truly the length you want. A very satisfying knit I’m sure. It’s stunning.

  24. It’s weird with scarves – you feel like you’ve been knitting forever with no progress at all, the thing just isn’t getting any longer, and then suddenly it’s like whoa, where did all that knitting come from and it’s nearly done.

  25. That beauty looks like it will block out LONG! Don’t go that extra length, or it will get caught in the bike spokes or end up dangling out the door as you drive. That would be way sad.

  26. I don’t want to be a downer… but that’s a hell of a lot of ends to weave in! Don’t envision it done when you’re done knitting!

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