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Attack of the Scarves, Part I

There’s a group on Ravelry called Finish Me. And in it, there’s this one thread where you state that you won’t start [insert project here] until you finish [insert project here]. I’m not sure exactly what I’ve promised in that thread, but I know that if I kept those promises, I would pretty much never knit anything ever again.

So I had this bright idea that I wouldn’t post new blog entries until I’d replied to the comments from the current blog entry – seemed an easy way to keep on top of comments. And eventually I realized that if I was to do that… wait for it… I would pretty much never blog again. Which I suppose is an option. But then where would I rant?

I’ve just decided to accept that I am a comment slacker, and I’m slinking back to the blog with my tail between my legs. (If I had a tail, which I don’t, no matter what those photos allege.) And in the meantime, I redesigned the blog’s layout, since it had been over a year with the same one. The donkey of old is gone! It has been replaced with… a donkey.


I suppose the new one is happier. Maybe it should be angry, what with all the ranting.

Speaking of ranting, I saw a lovely scarf on Ravelry. No, that’s not the ranty bit, I haven’t gone mad yet. Here’s the scarf: Noemi. And I spotted this one done in two colours which is quite simply made of awesome and I need one of my own immediately. In some teal and brick red Blue Sky Alpaca Silk. I’ve been dying to try that yarn and wouldn’t allow myself to buy any until I knew exactly what I would do with it. And this is so what I need to do with it. All I need is that scarf pattern. Okay then.

Is it a free pattern? Nope.
Can I buy it as a pdf online? Nope.
Can I buy a paper copy from a yarn shop? Nope.

No, no, the pattern is in a fucking book. Of course it is.

Does my local library have the book? Nope.
Are there other patterns in the book that I like, that could maybe justify me buying it despite being on a pretty tight budget? Nope.

I hate life, and everything, and also scarves.

This pattern taunts me. I must have that scarf. I’ve looked at pictures and I could maybe have a decent go at reverse engineering it, but I’m sure I wouldn’t get it exactly right and besides it seems somehow wrong to do that. I’ll reverse engineer a generic raglan sweater with no qualms, but not a unique scarf that the designer probably put a lot of thought into, you know?

Scarves. They’re out to get me. Witness this:


That fine specimen is getting frogged. It may not be obvious why it’s getting frogged, but you’ll hear all about it. It’s a sordid tale of deceitful crochet hooks, obsessive perfectionism, shameful cheating on one’s yarn diet, colour theory, and anal beads. No, wait. Not that last one. That was just the result of me asking somebody for knitting advice.

Me: What kind of beads should I use for my scarf?
Friend: Anal beads!


So I’ll get back to that soon. (Yeah, I’m chopping this entry in half so that I won’t go a month without blogging again. I have a plan!) There will be cursing, and frogging, and tears. It’ll be a party!


  1. CT says:

    Awww, nobody really expects you to reply to every single comment!
    I read your blog because you’re one of the funniest knitters in blogland! I cant wait to hear what went wrong…. secretly it makes me feel good…

    what huh, what do you mean, i would never say that!

  2. Lindsey says:

    but… but I liked the old donkey. *sniffle* at least bring him out to play every once in a while.

    Could you maybe talk someone into giving you a copy of that pattern? Then if you feel bad about royalties or whatever, send the designer a fiver in the mail.

  3. michelle says:

    What CT said!

  4. Taueret says:

    Nice to have so manay comments that you can never reply to them all! ps do not reply to this comment.

  5. Leigh says:

    I like your new layout…it’s purdy! The new donkey is cute! Squee!

  6. Doctroid says:

    It’s not even a fucking book. It’s a fucking bookLET.

    I was going to say “interlibrary loan”, but no, according to WorldCat this isn’t in ANY library. Big surprise. What library has knitting bookLETs?

    And given that it’s a bookLET you’d think it’d have a priceLET, wouldn’t you? Uh uh.

    Well, anyway, welcome back to blogging.

  7. amanda says:

    welcome back. Love those donkeys!! :)

  8. Cass says:

    Yes! Please bring the old donkey out to play sometimes! Love the new layout though — it matches your scarves.

    Anyway, the scarf looks beautifous even if it is going to the frog pond :)

  9. Beverly says:

    The new design looks great, though I have to admit that I love the old donkey.

  10. MonkeyGurrl says:

    MISSSEDDD YOU!!!! Sigh. I am envious. You at least have something you want to knit. I’m at a point where nothing looks interesting or fun. In the last 2 months, 2 blankies, 4 toys, 1 baby sweater, hat and booties, and I’m BORED. I’ve been trolling the Ravelry, the KPC and even the (gulp) LB site, and nothing excites me. Hopefully, your trevails with “obsessive perfectionism” at least amuse me. :) Hmmm. Mebbe Serpentina. She shur is purty.

    And also, no one really expects you to reply to each comment. Yer too POP-poo-lar for that!

  11. MJ says:

    Welcome back ;) Love the new donkey, and yes I hate scarves. Gawd, why do they have to be so LONG?!

  12. Vicki says:

    I loved that the old donkey looked like Eeyore, but the new one has such a winning smile, I can’t help but love him too. I really like the new layout, especially the way the red dashed border looks like stitches around your boxes – way cute.

    That’s a bummer about the booklet. I agree with Doctroid that if it’s gonna be such a pain to find, it should have a pricelet, hehehe.

  13. Marie says:

    I spy what looks like a Lace Ribbon Scarf about to be frogged. I started one but didn’t think of putting beads in. Pleased to hear from you again!

  14. Stacie says:

    Yeah, I liked the old one too! Sigh. Change. It’s the only constant. And Noemi–I’m thinking about it too. Best of luck with yours.

  15. SisterDi says:

    The pattern is available as a PDF download but is really pricey…..