November 25, 2008
If loving you is wrong I don't want to be right
I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize publically. I'm sorry. I know that some of you come here for the entertainment of watching a parade of interesting knits go by (and that likely the rest come out of force of habit) and I feel badly that I'm letting you down, for all I have to show you today is all I've had to show you every other day for some time now, and I know that it's got to be a bummer to click on over and to see what I'm doing and be confronted with the same thing, over and over again. I know it's boring. I know I'm boring. I've tried not being boring. I tried all day to not be boring and here we are, at 4:30, which is almost so late to be posting that it's probably pointless to even try not being boring. I should probably just have accepted that I'm boring today and given up, and moved on... lived to blog another day. I could have tried hard to get it out of my system overnight, prayed that some accident or knitting malady would befall me before another blogging day dawned bright and early - but no. I've been me all day, and I'm boring and I'm sorry about that.
I'm still knitting a two row striped Noro scarf. I may be helpless to stop, there's no way to know. This is scarf number three, and as much as I know that this must be the reader equivalent of watching paint dry (Oh... bloody hell. I've hit rock bottom. I actually did that on the blog this week) but I have a problem with trying to be not boring that I can't seem to get over.
Heaven help me... I'M NOT BORED. I'm not. I'm not even a little bit bored. I've knit about five and a half metres of striped scarf in 1x1 rib, (that's about 18 feet, for the metric impaired) and each and every row is still a sparkling point of interest and a shiny opportunity for joy. Yes, it turns out that I am exactly so simple that watching a scarf turn colour can be so gripping that I've got no aspirations for other knits at all. One would think (me - for one) that doing the same beginner level project over and over might wear on me, that maybe after one or two of them I would be thinking "Maybe a little lace might be nice" or "You know what would hit the spot? A nice fat cable." but no, no. Not a glimmer of boredom. Not the slightest urge to haul off an knit something else. Sure - I did hanker for a change at the end of the scarf that was Silk Garden 267 and 245,
I admit it - and that was exactly why I did the next one out of Silk Garden 267 and 205. Whole new ballgame, and I was as enthralled mid scarf on that one as I was with the first.
Now I'm only human, so it's not like I can totally keep doing the same thing over and over - not really. I mean, I do have an intellect that needs challenging. I'm not so entirely dim that my entire self could be totally consumed by knitting a plain scarf three times back to back without adding enough variation to hold my interest.
That's why on this one, (289 and 269) I shook it up like a milkshake and cut loose, for the sake of my sanity and yours.
I did a tubular cast on instead of the long tail.
(Who can't exactly promise you that tomorrow will be better.)
Posted by Stephanie at November 25, 2008 4:56 PM
As my parents would say, 'If you're happy, then I'm happy.' Granted, my parents may not always mean it, but in this case I do..And I don't blame; these scarves are lovely!!
Although knitting is, really, doing the same thing over and over . . .
But you posted today so I am happy-- my day can go onward!!!
I just stare at them and stare at them, and then go knit on mine. I bought yarn for something else yesterday, and then came home and...knitted more NOro scarf.
Apparently I am simple as well, because I find
watching you watching a scarf turn colour absolutely enthralling. Rock on with your wild self!
I want a noro scarf to knit on....
must remedy the lack of silk garden in my home....
My children have adopted two guinea pigs. Perhaps you can think of something to spin and knit made from guinea pig and dog fur for me? That could be exciting. But I love these scarves, don't stop. I hope everyone on your Christmas list loves them. (oh, they are not on your list to make? Maybe Lene can help you keep track of your knitting time better.)
Could you show us the tubular cast on process? It's a cast on I've always had trouble with. The scarves are lovely, I might have to violate my yarn diet and knit one!
the beauty of repetition and things done well....why not do it again, and again?
I started knitting one these in between gifty projects and love it. It's both soothing because of the simple pattern and exciting (yes, exciting) because of the color changes. I totally get it!
Au contraire, as we say in Kalamazoo. Would one complain to Back that the Goldberg Variatins were kind of samey? Suggest to Shakespeare that some form other than the sonnet might be nice -- say, a limerick or two? Some of us come for the writing, and watching you prolong the scarf-writing is like listening to Pavarotti hold a high note.
And, of course, it's fun to watch you twist slowly, slowly in the wind.
I'm not bored! I love seeing what you are knitting, and I have to ask...how do you get your 1x1 ribbing to look so flat and beautiful and...and have the ribs all nicely snugged up to each other? I didn't know they were 1x1 until you said something.
Ok! Alright! I'll knit one. There. Now are you happy? :) You can knit something else now... if indeed it was all about me. Which I know it wasn't. Still, next yarn shop I walk into with Noro in the inventory, is suffering the burden of my patronage. Thanks a lot, Stephanie. LOL
I say KNIT ON!!!! I think they look awesome and what fun is knitting if you aren't enjoying it?
And I can totally tell, about the way-out-there cast-on! Woo-hoo! Wild!
Actually, if you want to see wild, try 258 and 252. My 10-year-old daughter, who is crafty (knits, crochets, is learning to spin with me, etc. etc.) and who (I think) does have an artist's eye, picked those two colors out because she wanted a softer Noro striped scarf to replace her scratchy Kureyon two-color scarf I made her years ago. Click on my name for the link to yesterday's post with the picture of the first two days' knitting in these two colorways. Wow. And I never would have picked out 258. EVER. E-V-E-R.
I'm being mesmerized by my own scarf (284 & 84) and I don't think it's boring at all:p
Hahahahahaha. Am LOL. Sometimes NBK in a beautiful yarn is a very good thing.
"I did a tubular cast on instead of the long tail"
I tune in to your blog every day not to be entertained by all the amazing knitted items you produce-though sometimes the trials you encounter in their production lends itself to a chuckle or two. I admit to being in awe of your beautiful projects and feel inspired. But I must say, I am here to enjoy the wit and wisdom of a fellow knitter, someone like me, who knows what it is like to sometimes become absolutely obsessed/possessed by the craft. Since I joined Ravelry (which I discovered from your blog-thank you!), I did not do what I thought I'd do-expand my knitting beyond the humble sock. No....I joined sock groups and have been madly knitting socks for the past 2 months! Granted, I have done some lacework, slip stitch, and even some little cables, but I am still knitting socks(!)-my co-workers think I am demented, as well as boring. Thank you again for reassuring me I am still "normal" in the knitting world. It's OK to be a bit possessed by the infinite variety one can find in even a single pattern, or article of clothing. Beautiful scarves, Stephanie.
I am contemplating a toe-up sock for my next project.... looking to expand my horizons.
So,... Why haven't you taken a picture and shown us the difference in the final look of the cast on edge?!?!?
you're making me want to knit scarves... this can't go on (once I'm hooked, I'm the same... knit and keep knitting!)
These scarves are beautiful. Stunning in their simplicity. I wonder what it might look like if it were cast on lengthwise (?6 feet?) and then did the ribbing sideways/horizontally as the colors run vertically. Hmmmm. So many colors. So many variations.
Actually, with all this scarf love going on, I've decided to make one or two myself - if you hadn't gone on (and on and on) about these scarves, I might never have been swayed... Thanks!
Actually, this time of year some of us come here to see if you're flipping about Christmas yet.
I want to see the bind off that you use when you start with a tubular cast on. So please don't stop with the scarves quite yet.
If knitting scarves is wrong, I don't want to be right.
(Maybe I'll branch out into socks...next year.)
You go right ahead and knit your Noro scarves -- I'll just watch. I'm afraid to start one now that I see what can happen to a normal person once they cast on... I'll wait patiently for you to get back to your waves of grain scarf.
Really, the scarves are perfectly lovely, and I enjoy looking at them...just as I will enjoy it when you violently backlash from the 1X1 rib scarf and cast on for something insanely challenging, complete with the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.
(Oh, and as Carrie mentioned...Christmas is coming. Christmas is always a good time 'round these parts.)
It's not boring, I love seeing how the colors mix too. Happy Knitting :)
Wow, what a break out move, the tubular cast on!!
I'm with you all the way on this one. Noro yarn is wonderful. I want to be buried in a shroud knitted with it!!! I have my Silk Garden ready - 228 and 84, but am resisting starting until I've finished my Christmas present knits!
Maybe instead of Noro scarves you should go back to Dream In Color baby jackets?
As for me, I'm continuing to be obsessed with cardigans. Lady Sweaters, Klaralunds and soon I'll be starting the Transition Yoke cardigan. Seems like I can't get enough of them.
Maybe it's because I'm compensating for my lack of running (due to broken foot) with knitting?
BTW - these scarves are dearly loved by their recipients. Perhaps you're getting an early start on your Christmas knitting?
A tubular cast-on? You wild thang, you! I wouldn't say your post is boring though. Even though you're knitting the scarf again, I find myself reading and enjoying your observations. Seriously. I live in Texas and now even I'm wanting to make this flippin' scarf! Of course, there is most likely a worldwide shortage of this yarn, thanks to the massive readership of your blog. Which isn't boring.
Speaking of Texas, we're not wearing coats yet so I have to ask, "Have the furnace wars commenced yet?"
Man, every time I read about these scarves I have to try to keep the bug from biting me.
Boring is fine. Just keep blogging. Some of us....many of us....just want to read about what you're doing. We don't care if it's the same thing. Just keep blogging...just keep blogging...just keep blogging.
But, but, but... They're PRETTY! Isn't that what counts? I'm making dishcloths, f'crying out loud.
If you're truly bored, you can help me work out this new holiday I've decided to celebrate: Thanksknitting. Happens the day after Thanksgiving. You offer thanks to those who are meaningful in your knitting life. The LYS clerks who let you drool on their wares, the offspring who ask for more socks, the spouse who (sort of) willingly acts as a human swift, the Yarn Gods for catching that dropped stitch for you. Then you sit on your duff, work on your Noro scarf, and tell the family, "Leftovers are in the fridge, help yourselves!"
Great. Now I have to go buy some of that yarn!
Boring is fine. Just keep blogging. Some of us....many of us....just want to read about what you're doing. We don't care if it's the same thing. Just keep blogging...just keep blogging...just keep blogging.
I'm always one to expand my knitting techniques, so even though I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the long-tail cast-on, could you explain the tubular cast-on for me? That's one that I've never quite been able to get a hang of...
Eventually, you'll run out of Silk Garden. Then you can sit down and eat dinner with the family again.
Totally not boring! Boring would be if I started a knitting blog - Here is the inch I knit last night. Woo! Go me!
Ah, the joy of quiet times and simple pleasures.
Follow your bliss!
Oh, you're not boring. Your title, though, is giving me some bad, bad 80s dance club flashbacks, so I'm going to have to come back after I take some time to recover.
Nothing boring about Noro!
I know how you feel, though. I've been on a sock knitting kick lately and I'm sure that my family and friends are good and ready to hear about any kind of knitting other than socks at this point.
You know, if you wanted to add visual interest you could try posing those scarves in new and interesting ways.
Some action shots maybe? Send your daughters out with two of the scarves and the camera and see where the scarves go today. :)
I think this scarf pattern is the knitting equivalent of that TV commercial that says "Bet you can't eat just one!" It is addictive. Anyway, you still are not boring! Somehow you manage to make paint drying sound entertaining!
It's the Noro! It casts a secret spell on all those who use it and you become immensely fascinated by the simple things. Like changes in color and texture. Let's not forget about the changes in texture of the Silk Garden. You thought KSH was crack. Now you know!
I am thrilled that you are blogging the scarf! I just started one for the hubby for Christmas, and I can only work on it in secret. I get a thrill looking at yours when he comes in the room none the wiser. :)
I am currently under the spell of the Noro scarf myself... I am about half-way through my second and had a terrible time talking myself out of just popping down to the LYS in order to get more Noro. Because, let's be honest, who wouldn't want one of these beautiful pieces of art for Christmas, and hey, I've still got plenty of time to return previous gift-like purchases for cash...
I also have knit 2 of these. For variety, the second one was Silk Garden Sock on 3.5mm needles. I recommend it.
BWAHAHAHAHA! I love this, because I'm just shy of midway through my first one of these (http://tinyurl.com/noroscarf)and am equally enthralled.
Well, I guess we know the answer to the question, "What would you knit if you were stuck on an island with only 2 balls of yarn and a set of size 8's?"
oh for goodness sake or as mae west would
say goodness has nothing to do with it
your are funny and write well - i also do
not call other people boreing who know
how to use a chain saw
to use a chain saw
Lady, I now understand why your books are so popular!! Your writing talent is so good that even so-called boring is fun to read. I absolutely hate ribbing. I do it where called for, but I grumble all the way 'till it is done. So what's the secret to ribbing 1x1 for 5 and a half meters without losing your sanity? Is there a trick to knitting ribbing I don't know about? (I often have unintentional YO because of the flipping of the yarn to the front, to the back, to the front....whoops forgot to flip) So do tell! I might just consider a 1x1 scarf. (They're so pretty...sigh) Allanna.
We like your kind of boring. It happens to coincide with our kind of boring. Grace did point out that knitting really is doing the same thing over and over...... Also, you could think of it as a "Variation on a Theme" like the Goldberg Variations by Bach. [;) for rams]
Hmmm. Laying floors. Noro scarves. Laying floors. Noro scarves.
Nope, no contest. Neither is boring, but the Noro scarves are definitely more interesting. And beautiful. What can possibly be boring about Silk Garden. As I am about to go to a friends knit night at her house to work on my own Silk Garden Lady Eleanor!
You are NEVER boring, and what is a tubular cast-on? I'm going straight to Google in one minute. I'm one of those people who always casts on the same way, and I know I'm in dire need of expanding my cast-on techniques. So, you see? Instead of boring me, you have challenged me to learn something new. And those scarves are really beautiful. I'm trying not to fall under their spell.
One of my LYS's has a sample scarf with a slightly different pattern: 2x2 ribbing. It looks good, too, so if the boredom sets in and you still have some Noro, you could try that! LOL
Beautiful scarves. Beautiful bedroom decor. Beautiful writing. Thanks!
This is exactly why I am a sucker for self-patterning sock yarn.
Steph, it's not your job to entertain us. You are entitled to knit what you like and to tell us, and show us, or not. If we don't like it, that's our own problem. I am glad that you too are knitting the same thing for a while. I am into doing the Kauni hats (www.kbbspin.org) and I have a few balls of yarn and am mixing and matching and trying to make a hat for each family member as my Christmas gift.
I hope you just enjoy what you are doing, and I want to say that your floor was gorgeous that you put down.
Love, Kathleen in Vermont
Steph, you are the funniest!!Thank you for making me laugh.
I think that middle picture it very, very nice. Captures the colors quite lovely. Perhaps you would have liked to have shown us the tubular cast-on? I know you are not a show of techniques, are are rather recovering from the house-blasting...but I've always wanted to know!
Besides...we know you knits socks. We understand your mind. At least, as far as we want to go into it.
It's a good thing you keep blogging about this scarf because for the last 3 days, I look at every one, wonder how it's done, always thinking it must be knit in the round because they look like stockinette or else there would be garter show-through - remember it's 1x1 - and then marvel at the stripes. I'm hard at work trying to crank out 10 prs of mittens by 12/6 and have to make each pair different. My 3rd pair are the wave mittens just for something different
I want to knit a miter square towel with varigated cotton.
In the meantime I'm knitting a scarf in a very simple slip stitch pattern on small needles in navy blue yarn. The Noro scarves look fascinating compared to what I'm holding right now. (It's a gift. For a guy with boring taste. The recipient had better like it.)
My Noro is coming in the mail.
Don't you realize that with your amazing writing talents, you could write about paint drying and we'd still read it? And laugh? And come back tomorrow to see if it did dry?
You go on with your scarves. I betcha you'll get bored long before we will.
Just think of it as making headway on your Christmas knitting.......
PS. Extra points for the Barbara Mandrell reference in your title.
PPS. Does this mean you're getting monogamous?
Gee thanks to you I have cast on for one of these as well SG 264 and K 153. The lace shawl I was working on cast to the side. The sweater I was working on also cast aside. The heck with holiday knitting, this is more fun than doing most ribbing so knit on and I look forward to your next color combo/ blog post.
I did a tubular cast on instead of the long tail.
Yeah, baby! You rock the Noro scarf!
OK, I know I'm way down the pile of comments but could someone--Steph or reader--please tell me how she is getting her edges so pretty? I'm doing the slip stitch on each end and one side looks beautiful and the other looks like "a dog's breakfast", as my grandmother used to say. Ancient Harlot Secret??
I give you your own words, written by your own hand in one of your books (don't remember which one) when you spoke and autographed in SLC back in September 2006 (I think):
Obsession is normal. :)
I have decided to join your obsession with the scarf. Perfect teacher gift. You never get bored. I think I may have to do one or two or a dozen. :)
I have GOT to knit me one of these! And then maybe I'll knit one for my mom. Oh heck, she can knit her own! I'll knit 2 of them! Or more!
I am so not bored. I AM glad you are telling us your color combos. I understand completely, because your first inspired my first, and yarn is sitting here for my second. Altho, I might get some different colors, I'm not sure. Apparently my addiction isn't as strong (or my gift list is longer) because I am now attempting my 1st pair mittens.
i love you.
I also love that having taken a break from reading blogs for a week, I came back and you were still talking about something that I'm familiar with. No catching up to do. :)
I love reading about the Noro striped scarf, and love looking at the different colourways people create. I've made two, and am thinking about a third. Have you tried the Chevron scarf from Last Minute Knitted Gifts?
I just bought enough Noro yarn for 4 scarves. I've decided that the Noro scarf is what I'm giving everyone for Christmas this year. (Little do they know knitting all those scarves is really my gift to myself.)
Another Noro addict...
I caught the fever and I need more....cowbell! I am happy crocheting Noro into a scarf. Bliss watching the colors change. Some Japanese engineer done right!
Damn, woman, you may lead a boring life, but you write so well that you make boredom interesting. That, my dear, is a gift! Carry on!
I think it's completely acceptable to be totally enchanted with a knitting project (or three). Isn't that what it's all about, anyway? I know the feeling. Knit on, Steph.
Are you kidding-- boring!! After your first post on the scarf I went out and got my own 2 colors. Since then while on vacation, I have raided the LYS in Cambria, CA and bought enough yarn for at least 4 more scarves. It's not boring, its an addiction -- BIG difference.
We were with you during the poncho panic of 04, the mitten madness of 05, the sock stepouts of 06, the book tour sock sabbatical, and the leaf love affair. We've witnessed your torrid affair with the color blue, your furtive fringing, your gansey grind. We've always been here for you, and we won't leave you now. Love, the Blog.
And who could forget the Tulip Sweater jag of 07? This too will pass.
Urges need to be satisfied. Remember the Tulip Affair?
We'll be here until you surface to tackle something more "appropriate."
I myself am in the midst of a fair isle and need some plain stockinette to soothe my soul.
I don't mind, personally. Watching you knit beautiful Noro scarves is almost like I get to knit beautiful Noro scarves, in all their yummy woolly colorful glory. Someday I, too, will knit the beautiful Noro scarf, when I can afford a ten-dollar skein of yarn. (sigh). In the meantime, I'm okay with watching someone else loving it :)
It's okay to fixate. My best knitting friend is obsessed with all things Noro and knit 4 beehive-style hats in a row. And I admired every one of them (even if I would rather lose an ear to frostbite than wear one).
I'm not bored. The colourways are gorgeous and all different, and I can see why you aren't bored either, there is change all the time. Just like paint drying - the change is there, just people aren't looking for with paint - it is a long time dry.
The Noro scarves have colour and vivacity with the changes, and the movement of a scarf being worn. Keep on.
I had this thought last night as I was knitting the Noro scarf. What if every person who was inspired by your blog to knit a Noro strip scarf donated 10% of the yarn cost to MSF. I think it would be fun to see how much could be raised. It also might help justify the sudden spate of yarn buying, I mean if it's for charity, it must be OK, so great, i'll go buy more!
Boring? Never! You and your scarves are, however, grinding down my no-Noro policy with every post.
As my mother always said, "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" so while I could tell you to get over the scarves and knit something else. . I'm not going to.
Why? Because I just finished knitting SIX of Alan Dart's Yuletide Gnomes, and the only reason I'm not still knitting them over and over for the rest of my life is because I had to take a temporary break to do a bit of compensation knitting before Christmas. But then? It's right back to the gnomes. It's amazing what a simple color change will do, how intense the decision can be to figure out which colors you want to go together, and then the absolute joy to see them come together in a surprising and pleasing fashion.
What Craftninja said. Heavens sake... you made a toilet seat interesting. Besides, I know exactly what it's like to get so absorbed in watching colors come together that you almost forget what day it is.
By the way, where is that gansey anyhow?
Here I am, raising my hand, saying yes, my Noro is now in the mail and heading to my house. All because of your "boring" blog posts, and "ho-hum" pictures I can't stop looking at. We can all be thankful that you are into yarn, and not diamonds. At least we can semi-afford yarn.
And now I have fun reading which Noro yarn combos your readers are using, and seeing if anyone has chosen MY numbers (211, 264, and 087). How's THAT for boring??
You are being WAY too hard on yourself. You don't have to present brilliant projects to us all the time - now THAT would be boring. I have totally enjoyed reading about your redoing the bedroom and I can't wait to see how you do the other. You have been VERY creative with laying floor, painting, hemming curtains, etc. Not all your creativity has to be with knitting.
Heck, talking about enjoying the spimple pleasure of watching the color change every-other-row on your scarves, I'm having a blast watching the colors meld into each other on some spinning. It's mesmerizing and just the perfect thing to do after a long and busy day. Like you have been having.
So, knit your scarves, enjoy yourself and stop apologizing to us. You owe us nothing and we enjoy just keeping up with a life different than our own.
...the only reason I haven't started another one is because the LNS around the corner from work doesn't carry Noro regularly.
I'll be dropping by there in a moment, and if they should happen to have some....!
How about a WIP photo shoot? Let's see exactly what you're ignoring.
(Also, what Rams said -- with proper spellings incorporated.)
Don't feel bad, I fully understand your folly! Picked up enough Noro to knit not three but six scarf on my last trip to Yarn Forward in Ottawa!
Knitting my second one, fully mesmerized by the colours! Thanks for the idea, wonderful Christmas gifts!
I rather find you amusing when you go on these jags. It was about time for another one. ;)
OK, now you're getting me interested - remind me again where the pattern is?
. . .at least you have three different projects with interesting colours. I have been working on my big aran sweater for the past month, and all I have to say is "Hey guys, it's. . .another picture of some cables. WOOOO!"
I'll admit, you got to me. I had several leftover skeins of 87, so I decided to make the scarf. Got talked into a solid Noro at the yarn shop only to be bored. So, I went back looking for the something that would work. Eight-seven is so bright and multi-colored. Well, I went with 8, primarily greens and blues, and I'm loving it. It is addictive. I can't wait to start another. Meanwhile, the sweater waits to be seamed.
I have become obsessed since you first showed us these scarfs. I clicked on every link in your first post to look at the scarfs made up. Went to three stores trying to find the Brooklyn Tweed color runs, but they are discontinued. Couldn't even find them on the web. Sat. evening finally settled on something close, started knitting Sun. night and went thru 3/4 of each ball! For me, that's speedy. Now I have my eye on an oatmeal/beige/brown combo with a lavendar/blue. (Don't have color numbers, sorry). But Noro Silk Garden is a budget buster!!!
I am also having trouble with the sides- I slip stitch the 1st of every row as if to purl. 0ne side looks great, the color carrying side looks not so good. Help!
It's OK! :) These scarves are so pretty. And truthfully I think all the repetition is starting to really sink into my psyche because suddenly I'm considering who I might knit one for as a gift. And a Turn a Square hat to match... EEP! That would be so fantastic!!
... See what you've gone and done!?
Steph, the Blog loves you and never finds you boring.
The only reason I didn't start a third scarf is that I ran out of Noro after the stores closed, so I started a sock.
Remodeling a room was challenge enough for this week, don't you think? You deserve an easy knit.
You are not boring! I've been meaning to make one of these scarves - I've even had the yarn marinating in the stash for over a year. Now I'm thinking I'll need AT LEAST two of them - as much as I like the colors I've chosen, I'm really enamoured with the one you're making with the undyed Silk Garden...
Your idea of boring sure is entertaining. The scarves fly like mad from your needles - I thought I was quick for doing four in a MONTH. (Scrunchable scarves, very, very good for tv knitting). Besides, you're not our ONLY source of entertainment.
What's tubular? The invisible-rib cast on I read about in the last Interweave?
... Good thing I can't start mine yet - intended recipient is present at my family Thanksgiving getaway.
Psst...Boku is just like Noro but several bucks cheaper a skein!
I even heard it's made in the same factory but just a cheaper price/different name.
I totally understand the love of the stripey goodness that you are creating, and I love me a good scarf, but 18 feet of 1x1 ribbing??? To me that would be a death sentence... do you purl with yarn in back or do you have another secret Harlot technique to make 18 feet of 1x1 ribbing tolerable?? Tell me the secret so I too can succumb to the stripey seduction of silk garden, please??
Just so you know, the repetition of the scarf posts is working as would a subliminal message - the more scarf I see, the more I want one, and the more realistic it seems to knit one whilst knitting for... the end of the year. Perhaps tomorrow I will go to the yarn store and just look.
Methinks your brain has been engaged elsewhere, maybe refinishing a room? getting its self back from too many flights? working on Sock Summit? Methinks you needed a nice easy knit to replenish the well. However long that takes is how long that takes. Amusing the masses is really not de rigeur (sp?). I think we will love you no matter what.
Last week after you posted your beautiful pics of your 1st 1 X 1 rib scarf I dug out my noro and I have been well and truly addicted!!! CANNOT STOP!!!! I am telling people that it is like heroin for knitters (I don't do drugs... but I hear that those folks can't stop either). PLease, do not stop knitting or posting your fantastic pics of Noro 1 X 1 ribbed scarves!!!
P.S. it's almost like you're my dealer!
1) Not throwing stones at your blog. I don't even have a blog, and if I did you'd be treated to the ubiquitous two-stranded not-much-wool slipper socks.
2) Watching your striped scarves unfurl is infinitely satisfying. Kinda like a kaleidoscope. In wool.
3) Watching paint dry = 4-H rabbit show.
Just one look at those scarves and who could even think you'd be bored? Not me...... I just stood at the Noro shelf on Saturday unable to make a decision. Maybe that will change on Friday......
I'm still not going to knit one. You can't make me.
ah, but simplicity is beauty and beauty 'tis but simplicity! so, carry on!
Its a bit like my sock addiction - getting to the heel turn - its so gripping to knit that darn heel. And heck when you have color changing yarn - its like reading a mystery novel...you only meant to read a chapter or two...and now its 2am....and well there's not much left so you might as well just finish it...that kind of knitting. Now if only my husband would understand this with yarn sticks and 'knots' as he calls them.
Quite alright, I love those scarves, deeply. So very entertaining, the colour changes and then getting to see the whole finished scarf...but then I rather enjoyed seeing the photo of the paint drying. Never mind. Knit on with the joy.
I understand. I spent 3 months making mason-dixon washcloths. I couldn't emotionally handle anything else.
Try colors 230 & 267 for nice fall colors. I loved the way mine turned out.
Your scarves are not boring at all, speaking as someone who also made three of them earlier this year. They are lovely, and I enjoy looking at your pictures. I find myself wondering if I don't know someone who still needs a scarf this winter.....
Thanks to Amazon, I just found out about your NEVER NOT KNITTING calendar and I am buying one THIS WEEK! How could I have missed that this was coming out??? Can't wait to open it on January 1st - if I can wait that long.
Call me simple or simply entertained but i'm caught up in it too. Sort of... Having no need for a scarf i'm working on a two row tam/beret. NSG also, in very muted not too contrasty colours which i'm totally loving. I'll put the foolproof pattern up on my blog tomorrow.
This two row thing is just so soothing at this time of year :)
That's okay. Last night, what, two days after you blogged the photo of the room, I think? I finally came up with the right way to express how I felt about the job you did on it:
I'm floored. Totally floored.
These kinds of projects are soothing. Maybe you just needed a little bit of comfort after all the travel and the redecorating?!
Well, that's ok, I'm about to go for this inside-outside scarf, which looks like it'll have the same addictive properties.
Noro should be paying you. You've convinced me to buy some Silk Garden, too (264 and 268). I love how you redid your daughter's room, too.
Ummm... am I going to be the one that complains to a woman who uses SERIOUS POWER TOOLS about what she chooses to write about in her blog? No, nah, unh unh. Not going there. Wouldn't think of it. Have safer things to do.....
[Nice work on the room and the scarves.]
I think it's like all the stripey stockinette stitch socks I knit. Sure, there are a zillion really cool sock patterns, but plain old stockinette is so soothing, and I love the way the stripes look. So I just keep making more and more and more...
For those having trouble on the edges - here's my fix. I think this is right. I have an uneven number of stitches. On the color changing edge I slip knitwise with yarn in back. For the other side I slip the first stitch purlwise with the yarn held in front. It took me a few inches to work that out but I'm not bothered enough by one slightly wonky edge to rip back.
I have not been ensnared however I'm sympathetic
I am never bored. Therefore, you can never be boring. You are welcome.
Dear Harlot, love you as I do, I want to know- WHEN IS RAMS GOING TO START HER OWN BLOG? Not that I am not completely entertained by you, I really am, but jeez that woman can write. And your scarves give me hope that there may actually be something on your blog that I could reproduce.
Woah, you made sure to stretch before you did that tubular cast on, didn't you? Hate for you to pull something...
I have been obsessed with the thought of these scarves too. And I have no Noro to knit one and have been contemplating trying it with two colorways of Lorna's Laces Lion and Lamb... drooling!!! And on the topic of boring; about 6 years ago my sister and assorted friends and I used to walk to the corner stop light in my small town at 11 pm and watch the stop lights turn from red yellow green to blinking yellow. It was really fun for some reason! Cheap thrills I guess.
HELP! I want to knit one of these....I'm obsessed with wanting to knit one of these....
The problem is--dare I say it--I don't like the Noro. Not even the silk garden. The colors are unbelievable, but I just can't get past the feel.
Can anyone (Ms. Harlot or her faithful readers) recommend something that might stripe similarly to it? Not the same, but I'd take close....
Love it, understand it, can completely see myself doing the same thing... Really it's complex in its simplicity (like so many simple things); It gives the comfort of "mindless" knitting while still giving the thrill of evolving change through the color shifts. Quite the perfect project really. Perhaps you have struck upon knitting nirvana!!!!!
Now you have succumbed to the lunacy that is also mine. Noro Nuttiness. It's like crack, only it doesn't make your teeth fall out.
I never get bored reading your posts no matter what it is you are working on but dear Stephanie i do think you have got scarfitis. Many years ago i too fell into an "'itis" and it was slipperitis!! FORTY pair later it left me and to this day you could not pay me to knit slippers of any sort. MY oh my I do hope your "itis " isn't this bad. At least your scarves change colour so this is good. Good luck
I admit, you've got me wanting to knit that scarf. I've got the bug bad.
Oh, I'm not bored....I'm validated! Right there with you. Third scarf started today (I moved on to 270 and 8). And I'd have the yarn for the fourth except that I couldn't think about how to justify the purchase to my partner (I briefly considered paying cash to conceal the purchase, but decided to just back away from the yarn counter...)
My name is Arctic Knitter and I'm a Noro Scarf addict. It's so addicting - once you begin, it's difficult to stop. I think you have to try it to understand, and I wholeheartedly understand.
Steph, I think you need to make yourself a pair of Vintage socks. That should shift your obsession for at least a little while.
It's nice to know that others get obsessed and I'm not nuts...okay, I may still be nuts but there are friends in my obsession! Enjoy the scarves after laying all that flooring...just enjoy!
I SOOO understand. I have only made one but I was enthralled entirely when each pair of colors rolled over...when I got slightly bored with a certain color combo, I would knit until I got to colors I liked better thinking I could set it down then. NOPE, kept on knitting.... glad you are enjoying these scarfs so much
Yep, you're soooooooooo boring that now I'm fantasizing about two tone striped noro myself.
I love watching colors surprise me as I knit them up.
I keep saying "no, you've got yarn, you've got projects, you've got frickin' grad school and a thesis proposal" but all I really want is some Noro silk garden and a striped scarf. Of course, do you expect sanity from someone who goes back to school and is hoping to have her PhD in three more years (I'm 46 with DH and 3 kids). Sanity isn't an issue. Just a nice, mesmerizing, Noro scarf.
I really like these scarves - I've been harboring SG 201 and 206 just for this scarf
But meanwhile, actively on the needles are
- a Christmas stocking with messed up toe decreases
- a K1B scarf in Kureyon 126
- multi frogged, multi yarned sorta trigangle scarf
- a Scotch Tweed drop stitch shawl
You know, when the world around me is in chaos due to, say, home renovations requiring furniture in the hall and sawdust all over the house, I revert to simple knitting done repeatedly. This summer I knit garter stitch Noro scarves with columns of YOs for variety - five of them. Just think of the scarves as therapy or a port in a storm.
I was inexplicably drawn to my local yarn shop on the way home from work today, to purchase none other than a few rolls of NORO. I've been obsessed with knitting hand warmers this fall, but... all those scarf pictures... I just couldn't resist. Now, I NEED to knit one too. I wonder if I'll ever get back to hand warmers???
I'm definitely not bored! Knit Noro scarves as long as you like.
Steph, you're making me want some Noro. You said Silk Garden right?
We're all friends and knitters so most of us will understand that weaker individuals have fallen to the power of Noro like trying to build a house of dpns.
I don't see 211 in here. Maybe you need to make a 4th. I made Amy's Bucket Hat in 211 and it was really lovely (I pasted a link in my URL field, because as your friend I really want you to try 211).
My mom started reading your blog, even though she doesn't knit, because she loves your writing style and stories about your family. She absolutely adores the scarf and has requested that I knit her one ASAP. :)
All I'm saying is, at least you blog more than once a month........
Not boring. Can't be boring. If you were boring, what would that make those of us who put reading your blog at the top of our 'can't wait to do' list every day? How boring would we be then? Nope. Not boring. No way. I hope.
Actually, I stop by because you have such interesting things to say about your knitting, even if it is the same damn [sock/scarf/mitten/whatever]. I mean, it's not like I don't look at my own same damn [sock/scarf/mitten/whatever] everyday. I just love that you have more to say about it than I do.
HOW CAN YOU KNIT THESE UP SO QUICKLY????!!!!
Don't worry - I'm enjoying the breather before your blog turns into CHRISTMAS panic where you have 25 projects and no time to finish them all!! This is like a sorbet - palette cleanser - before the entree (the knitting avalanche that is your Christmas).
I love your blog no matter what. When you don't post I go and read an old entry anyway...
It's okay, Steph, really... besides the fact that I'm way more boring than you are, I have to confess--I've been doing the same thing with a (gasp!) crocheted scarf using the Noro Sock Yarn... I just look at it every inch and go "ooooohhh... look at that...another color..."
And extra points for making 'watching paint dry' interesting!
All I can say is that your striped scarves are a bad influence on me. I have ordered some Noro Silk Garden online and am heading into town in the morning to buy the complementary colours.
I guess it doesn't take much to twist my rubber arm.
I can't tell you how happy this post makes me. I'm so thrilled that I am not the only one who is fascinated, absolutely fascinated, watching the color of a yarn change.
(Also, I can't talk because the only, the only, thing I want to knit right now is stuffed goldfish. Yup, everyone I know is getting a stuffed goldfish for Christmas.)
I agree that you are a bad influence. I bought 4 skeins of Silk Garden last Thursday night. Tonight while watching TV with the hubster, I finished a hat, and immediately cast on for this scarf. 2.75 hours later I don't want to put it down. But I must. Must sleep. So I can get up early tomorrow clean and cook and bake and get ready for the US Thanksgiving Day!
OK. I managed to get through last November without making one of these scarves. Stop this or I'll be making one too.
I mean it. Please, stop! I have a baby blanket to finish in less than a week!
Aren't Tuesdays supposed to be for spinning?
Knock it off with the apologies already. I tune in HOPING to see more Noro striped scarves. I am knitting one because you touted its wonders, and man, I never want this to end. I have 1/2 of a scarf and not three, only because I knit slowly.
Knit on. I click on over here because I like the YOU that is Stephanie. Knit on, sis!
I can't help but think that this technique would produce an equally stunning sock. I may soon be joining the ranks of the 1x1 rib, 2-row colour change, Noro project aficionados...
I was a non-knitter until a month or so ago, when my friend convinced me to let her teach me. I'm now making a patchwork quilt - 27 patches down, 43 to go - and it's the extent of my skills. I'm learning as I go, and most of your technical comments go way over my head.
But, I love your blog. My poor neglected embroidery work curses you, my bank balance curses you, the new knitting calluses on my thumbs and forefingers curse you. You, and my friend, and the lovely wool I'm using (it's King Cole Twister stuff, 30% wool - don't know if it's any good compared to what you lot use, but I like it and I'm inexperienced) are the root causes of my newfound addiction.
Earlier I picked up my yarn, intending to just cast on so I didn't lose the ball, then I had to finish that colour, then I decided I might as well finish the ball. Next thing I know I've done two patches and no work at all on my mother's cross stitch Christmas present or the essay I'm meant to be writing.
I think I've rambled enough. Just wanna say that those scarves are pretty... don't know whether they have Noro over here in Blighty but I do know that Abakhan has some pretty variagated stuff. A scarf is just a patch gone wild, surely....
I'm right there with you. On my second scarf...both are xmas presents. I can't get enough of it.
I can do you one worse. Just about everything I've ever knit has had about that degree of sophistication to it. I mean, there's often some shaping involved, but it's all either stockinette or rib or garter.
And yet, I still (occasionally) post photos of it. Whoop-dee-doo. Good thing there's always sex to talk about, eh?
PS. I still like looking at those Noro scarf pics, btw.
Besides, this is the first project you've done since I've been reading your blog that I could knit along with.
It's nice to be able to play with the cool kids.
The time to stop is when it's not fun anymore. You just keep on knitting.
Hilarious. You have totally sucked me in, dammit! I could look at pics of these scarfs all day and I'm itching to get my hands on some NSG.
Sometimes something calls to us. You've got the striped scarfs and I have an addiction to the Short Row Rib scarf. It happens. :) Embrace it, enjoy it, and show it off!
If this is boredom. I have never been bored in such an amusing way. Knit on Steph, & rock those changes.
Give up even trying, you're simply not capable of being boring! :)
I think they are very pretty and I'm even feeling inspired to do one too. More photos might just tip me over the edge!
Also, what's wrong with being happy and contented with what you're knitting? Surely this is one of the points you try to make in your books, over and over? Maybe you should listen to yourself.(!) I hate these blogs that constantly imply that other folk aren't "proper" knitters because they can't do a lace shawl or cable sweater in three days or whatever.
Knit what you will, dear lady, knit what you will.
Scarfs, socks, mitts, its that time of year. You are being really productive and making wonderful gifts why would that be boring. Keep on enjoying.
It's not boring! I, too, am lost in breathless admiration that the purl stitches aren't showing through and that it looks like stockinette. I, too, am enjoying watching the colours come through as the knitting progresses. You do what makes you happy - we'll tune in anyway and it'll make us happy that you're happy.
Ye gods, woman, if you can get all that knitting done AND renovate a room in record time like that, there's absolutely no way you can class yourself as boring!
And as someone has already said - knitting something for someone as a gift is a two-fold thing.......a gift for them when the item's finished, but a gift for you while you enjoy knitting it!
I made 65 pairs of socks in a row, just because of all the pretty sock yarn I found. 65 pairs. Couldn't stop. Every time I thought I was bored with socks, I found new yarn that I HAD to make socks out of. So I understand obsession.
If it makes you feel any better, I am knitting a garter stitch scarf on size ten needles for the same reason, only I'm using recycled sari silk. The scarf is too wide, and may wind up too short, in which case, as the girl says, it will just be a 'piece of knitting'. I can't frog it because the recycled sari silk is too shreddy and tangly. I can't stop because it is much too fun to watch for the next color. I may have to find and buy more sari silk to make a real scarf, next.
Ah, Noro exists in Blighty, and I want to own up to owning 211 and 245 which will get started after the 1x1 rib footie scarf I am making for my Dad. The fastest way to find some is via ebay, if your local store is not stocking it.
I would love to see how you leftie knitters manage 1x1 rib. I try to knit with my left hand some of the time for a rest (challenge) but I can't master purl at all. Is there a trick to it? I may just have to come over and sit in a LYS to find out...
Has anyone done a popularity check on the Noro colours, I see 245 in Steph's list a lot? Bettcha doubled the Noro count in Ravelry too!
Oh, I can so relate. I'm currently fighting the onset of SAD by knitting some dishcloths in psychedelic colour combinations and find myself constantly wondering whether I should be embarassed to admit that, right now, it's all I WANT to knit.
Well I've resisted the scarf so far. I just knitted myself a giant brioche stitch scarf in Big Wool so, no more scarves for me for a wee while.
However, even though I am verily swamped by the Big Grey Dad Sweater of Doom, and a grey cabled wrap for my Mum, and a grey Suffolk wool hat for the uncle (seeing a colour theme here?) all I want to knit is a Noro Kureyon sweater for myself. It's all I can think about. Colour! Stripeyness! For Me!
It's all your fault.
I hear you. I'm currently knitting a log cabin blanket in sock yarn remnants and don't want to stop. Even though it should be mind numbingly boring.
knitting is magical, no matter what you're knitting.
Not boring, just enabling.
Thanks a bunch.
Actually, I come here for the stories: for the home improvement stories, for the family stories, for the travel stories, for the yarn stories.
You may be the Yarn Harlot, but really you're ever so much more than that.
If you think you're having fun, use Silk Garden for socks and hats. The sock part is a bit crazy but they feel really good.
No, not boring all - not a bit of it.
I was just starting a scarf (coastal cable scarf - perhaps) from Nancy J. Thomas's Tweed book in Noro's transitions when you posted your first entry on the Noro stripped scarf. I completely agree that every row, every colour change is fascinating, pleasing and definitely not boring. Now that I am finished that scarf, I think it is time to try the Brooklyn Tweed - you've inspired me, thanks.
P.S. Could you show a picture tomorrow of the tubular cast on end? pretty please with sock yarn on top.
Dear Pusher of the Noro Yarn Crack Scarf,
No you're not boring, except to... well.... maybe.... if there is any other knitter out there who hasn't succumbed to the lure of this dangerously addictive scarf. I have finished the first one and have cast on for my second one. There!!! Are you happy?!? Yes, yes, you've turned me into an addict. It's hopeless. I'm lost and I don't even want to try to stop. I'm planning on making 3 of them for presents and my husband (who knows first hand that I'm the Slowest Knitter in the World) asked if I really thought I would get them done in time. I told him I finished the first one in a week. A week!!! Never have I finished so much knitting in a week. Since I am The Slowest Knitter in the World, it would make sense that he would ask this important question, but now I'm in danger of losing my title all because of this highly dangerous, mesmerizing scarf. I am totally lost and I don't want to recover all because of you. So go ahead and be boring. I don't mind, just so long as you keep posting pictures of the Yarn Crack scarf. If I have to sit at my computer and not knit it because I'm typing, then at least I can look at it.
Yet Another Noro Yarn Crack Scarf Junkie
PS: I'm currently looking into genetic modifications so I can grow 2 more arms. Then I can knit the object of our obsession and type at the same time. I'll let you know how it turns out!
I, myself, have been a Noro junkie since the first time i saw the stripes unfold. I love seeing each of your scarves unfold and anyway...isn't knitting about the pleasure it gives us? Knit on!
Exactly how I feel about self patterning sock yarn. I know some knitters hate it but they make me want to knit all day just to see how the patterns come out.
Um, at least it keeps you off the streets..............must. get. Noro.
Sigh. First it was socks. Socks, socks, socks. I love knitting them so much that I have about six socks currently on needles and am contemplating casting on another one to try out the new square needles I just bought. But I found some Sonnet in my stash (similar to Silk Garden? 75% wool/25% silk) and just had to cast on this scarf. And now I simply cannot put it down. The socks are languishing -- I had to make myself finish up the pairs for my brother and sister-in-law, who chose the yarn when they visited last Thanksgiving and are now in the car on their way here to spend the weekend with me. As soon as I finished them I was back to the scarf. It has cast a mesmerizing spell on the knitting world, hasn't it!
When I was knitting a pair of socks from some handspun last year, my SnB friends laughed at me because the color changes were just SO ENTERTAINING. I got excited to see PINK! And then OMG ORANGE!! GREEN! BLUE! AND BACK TO PINK!
Lots of entertainment for what was just a pair of stockinette socks. :) I understand your enchantment with this simple knit.
Most of the time I can objectively look at your projects and think "Wow that is cool but I am not at that level" or "Beautiful" and walk away from it. But no you had to throw up the Noro. Not once or twice but three times. And it is beautiful and I can make it comfortably. And darn it I am totally obsessed with finding some yarn and casting on a 2 row 1 x 1 rib noro scarf. (As soon as I finish my socks.) Onward to hunt for the perfect Noro.
Some projects just grab you like that. I am finishing up my third pair of Cable Twist socks. I think I have a few more in me but those holiday knits are screaming to be finished. :) Thankfully two of those pairs are gifts for my Grandmothers so I got two birds with one stone. :)
I come here to see what you're up to -- and it doesn't matter if the project is new or a multiple knit. I love your pictures and commentary and I like to read your commenters. Just keep knitting and I'll keep dropping by.
Oooh... tubular cast on? I'd love to see that demonstrated. I seem to be stuck with the long tail cast on for every single project and don't know why.
No apologies necessary -- I'm still on Noro scarf #1 with plans for another. I too know how charming they are. I never thought for a million years that I would be doing this much 1x1 rib and enjoying it!!!! Seriously. Now excuse me while I make run to my LYS for more Silk Garden...
I now have a third rule to live by:
1. You have to get older, but you can be immature forever.
2. You can choose your friends, but not your relatives.
3. Boring is almost always better than drama.
This post has put me over the edge: today I must go to my LYS and start one of my own.
Good Heavens, if we were here for only the knitting projects, we could pick up a Rowan pattern magazine and be done with it. I'm here for the excellent writing about a life that is lived by a lovely, sensible good writer, a life that is filled with things I like- knitting, children, family, friends, babies, appliances, more knitting.......Although, I really do like how you put some crunchiness and wit and sparkle into the obsessive knitting streak.
I've gone back and read every single post you've done. I've bought one book- the only book I bought for myself- and I think some of the others will be Christmas presents for me.
I log on to read what you've written because you're entertaining. I don't really care what you're knitting - it's all interesting to knitters.
The scarves are lovely. Seeing them is making me want to knit one now! Ahh...its contagious!
Try the Italian cast on for the next one... Like tubular, but without the waste yarn. Nancy Marchant has a great description over at BriocheStitch.com (I too am enthralled).
Your blog is never boring and I can COMPLETELY see the attraction of these projects. I imagine the scarves to be extremely soothing on the mind to knit, just enough quiet fun with the changing of colors to be peaceful. And, after all the chaos of home renovation, you NEEDED this scarf I'm thinking.
I try to knit what my mind needs at the time, otherwise I find it is just a 'to do' list. Knit another one! You almost have me wanting to buy yarn and cast on!
Actually, you have me thinking that I want to make a few of those next!
Um. Yeah. After reading the first one, I ordered 4 skeins of silk garden. And I agree - they are all different. Transfixing.
Once you get tired of these, have you thought about the 2 row striped STR scarves? I think they're in a feather and fan pattern. Similarly amazing.
You make me cry out for yarn funds. Each time you knit another scarf in that yarn I dream of shopping my LYS but alas, all my money has gone to gifts and there is nothing left in the piggy bank for such luxuries as getting what "I" want to knit from. My family is too picky about their knits, and I can't afford to make anything for my best friend who would love this. "sigh" Perhaps in January I will enjoy the joy of new fibers and start one for next year in the Fiber Fairy sends me money...
I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who gets obsessed with something. I started out the year 2008 making a reversible scarf pattern by Lily Chin. It took 3 balls of a particular yarn. I had 3 balls in red. Made red scarf. Then realized I had 3 balls in green. Made green scarf. I had 9 balls in beige so tripled the width of the scarf and made a stole. I had 16 balls in lilac so made a 9 ball stole. By this time my husband thought I had gone insane so I packaged up the rest of the yarn (7 balls) and offered it to a friend. Then I took a course on making beaded wristwarmers ....
Can't you just imagine how fantastic this would look as a full size blanket?
I find repetitive stuff addictive when I'm under stress - just sayin'....
Not boring. Not in the least. I have an urge to start one, too, but I'm embroiled in a lace Seaman's scarf that, so help me, I can't get the rhythm of. If I get through it, I'm going to reward myself with the Noro.
You know...sometimes we all just need a little stability in life...even in our knitting :D
I like to watch your scarves progress. It is good to know that I am not the only one out there that does the same project over and over several different ways. to me that is the fun of it. To make it different using texture, color, and process. On this day before Thanksgiving I want to say "thanks for being the wonderful person you are."
Tubular cast-on? Psh. I don't believe it. I think you need to show us step by step that there is a measurable qualitative difference in those scarves. Hot cast-on action shots.
I like to think your multiple scarves are making up for the fact that I still haven't made one yet...
Ooooooo. A tubular cast on.
Er, I mean... *cough* More spinning, please? We can haz?
That does it! I'm making one today!
I'm sorry but I, for one, and only one it seems, am ready for something other than scarves. 1x1 rib? Really? Times 3? I'm surprised at you, Steph.
Your scarfs are my dishcloths. I've knit hundreds, but I can assure you that eventually there is something to attract your attention, maybe something online, maybe on a blog, like yarnharlot.ca... oops, never mind, that one's gotten to be about the same old scarf for days.
Who among us has not gone on a jag? This too shall pass. Eventually. In the meantime, we'll all find the scarf jag entertaining. <3
If you quit knitting altogether, I'd still come to your blog to see what you had to say about the world.
Don't worry about us. Please yourself!
I did the same thing with the worm/scarf pattern in Kris Percival's Knitting Pretty.
FIVE of them. For Patrick, Sean, Alaric, Heather, and...h'mm. Maybe four. But I always meant to make one for me. Maybe now is the time!
More scarves! Yay! Now if I can just finish my Christmas knitting so I can play too....
Frankly, the scarves are beautiful and reassuring. I am loving it. Particularly because I can't afford to knit one of these beauties myself.
It's nice to know that you have some Oatmeal Knitting and that it's not one long parade of knitted spectacularness EVERY day. :)
See Knitter' Magazine Winter 2006 for not a scarf...
Who knew a post about being boring could be such an entertaining read.
Thanks for the smile.
So, are you knitting one of these for each person on your gift list this year? Because if you are enjoying them that much, you might as well!
I am so with you on this one. I've started my own scarf 2 days ago after reading about yours and seeing some of the knitting buddies wear one. I am totally obsessed with it. I stop and look at it. Then I make anyone near me stop and look at it. And worst (or best) of all it is for ME. This may not sound bad, however, Christmas it is a comin' and I have other gift knitting to do. That just means that I need to knit faster and more often. Maybe I'll get some gift knitting done before I move onto matching mittens and a hat!
No, I don't read your blog to see knit items, read about knitting, spinning or even book signings. I read your blog because of your unique and humorous perspective on life and what's important in life (which includes to a greater or lesser degree, yarn related activities). So I'm not bored. Keep on blogging (if it's your pleasure)-- about whatever takes your fancy. I'll continue to turn up at your site.
You know what you should do? You should do one of these scarves in two skeins of Twisted Fiber Art's self-striping colourways: http://www.twistedfiberart.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=71
I love them! At least you didn't decide, hey I'm going to make six scarves for the kids teachers (only 2 in school, so 3 each) in purple and white, which is school colors of course! I'm trying to find ways to make them easy because I have 4 kids, the oldest is 5, so easy is always good when on a time crunch!
YOU are the reason that I'm halfway through my own Noro 1x1 striping scarf. Stop showing pictures, which makes me think I will need more after this first one gets done!!
I can see why you're enthralled by this project, though, and the photos are as interesting to me as they no doubt are to you. They're beautiful, and every one is different, even different parts of the same scarf.
If you want to break the addiction, though, check out this Ravelry link: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ladycaroline/a-dreamy-spiral-scarf. Click the photo, there's another one not shown unless you click.
I should warn you first, though, that it's another Noro scarf, and probably as addictive as the ones you've been knitting.
i've personally fallen in love with it and would love to be able to afford the yarn to make it. I'd also like to be able to afford the yarn to make the one you've been making over and over.
I guess I'm going to have to buckle down and write that knitting book to earn the money.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
You're not boring, you're contagious. Help!
You. Are. Never. Boring!
Besides, I'm knitting one of the darn things too now...
I hate 1 x 1 ribbing, so why have I started one of these scarves and why am I enjoying it so much? God knows!
Ok...I've joined everyone else...I just ordered Noro 267 and 269 to use with colors I already have! Not sure that I'll do the 1x1 ribbing, but I'll try it and see how it works out.
I so cannot afford to buy Noro right now, but I may frog my Noro shawl and turn it into a couple of scarves.
I believe that you have created a new kniterly malady: Noro Scarf Madness (in the vein of SSS, etc.)
You know what? I'm soooooooo going out to get some Silk Garden tomorrow to knit this. :-p
Shame on you! You pushed me and needled me and couldn't stop talking about those scarves until I finally caved and went out and bought some Noro to make one. My exception with Noro has always been the scratchiness so I'm going to try it with Noro Cashland, which is supposed to be softer.
You know what else I wish? I wish these scarves could be replicated into sweaters. That two-row stripe would be so awesome. Alas, it seems the only REALLY GREAT USE of Noro Silk Garden is these bloody scarves.... Nah, I bet a hat and glovelets would work, too. Hee.
Yep me and it seems everyone else has been buying Noro yarn..... and as I am knitting pressies I can't start knitting it till nearer christmas...it's another project I can't wait to start!
Ok, after all the pics. and comments on your Noro scarf, my fingers are itching to make one. And, of course, the ever-changing colors of the yarn is no help to my willpower. M-u-s-t w-a-i-t until after Christmas. Steph., you are doing an awesome job on your blog. Always a pleasure to read! Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I come to your blog because you make me laugh, you make me think, and you keep me knitting. I'm (gasp! here's my confession!)not a sock knitter, and, while you do knit a LOT of socks, you also knit a lot of other interesting things. So keep it up. I eagerly await your next post.
They say "It's the journey, not the destination"
The exploration & study of the scarf hasn't been boring...honest.
Oh, you wild woman, with your tubular cast-on! I'm glad your new scarves are enthralling you and I'm not the least bored in reading about them or in looking at pictures of them. The color changes are gorgeous and totally blog-worthy. And addictive and enticing and, oh hell, I'll be at my LYS next week to get a coupla skeins and jumping right on the bandwagon, albeit a bit late. When I saw them on Jared's blog, I refused to even consider going there. But resistance is proving to be futile in the face of your obvious delight in them. Thanks for giving me an answer when the next person asks me what I want for Christmas this year!
Never boring!! Just be yourself, that is quite good enough!
Boring? I think not. I think I'm getting sold on this Noro scarf idea....Who knew? ~C.
And I bet while you're knitting one you're thinking about what colors would be great for the next one, too. Wonderful scarves. Keep going. We're not bored at all.
I can't wait to see what happens when you knit your first pair of Noro striped socks!! Check out the amazing pair at Knitting Iris!
I love these scarves, and have become addicted to them through your very-not-boring posts on how wonderful they are. If you had developed this addiction a few months ago, I would have known exactly what everyone was getting for Christmas! Alas, I have to wait until I finish the three projects already on needles before I can justify getting more yarn and trying new projects. But this will definitely be next! Hm, maybe this solves *next* Christmas....
Thanks for sharing these gorgeous scarves with us.
Just for the record, you never are boring. I loved reading about your victory over power tools.
I'm having the same problem with your Unoriginal Hat pattern. I'm going to be casting on #3 in 5 days tonight!