Showing posts with label Knitting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Knitting. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Symbolic Scarf

I made my third (and maybe my last) scarf not long ago. It is straight knitting, no pearling. I still haven't learned how to do that although I understand it is easy to do once you get the hang of it.

This scarf is solid blue and I used acrylic yarn. I made it for a close friend who recently completed an adventure around the U.S., hitting all of the four corners of the country and her 49th state. By four corners I mean the farthest places north, south, east, and west on the mainland. I am not exactly sure what those were for her as I found several definitions of what it could be on the Internet. But at any rate, she's happy and reached her goal, and that is all that matters.

I wanted to put buttons on the scarf that were shaped like the USA, but after looking at literally thousands of buttons on Etsy and other sites, I could not find what I wanted. I gave up and went with simple, putting red and white buttons on the end to symbolize the four corners.

The scarf in its entirety.

The end with two buttons.

The middle of the scarf

The bind-off end. I redid it several times but could not make it look as nice as the cast-on end.

I wasn't pleased with this but it was the way it ended up.
Knitting is supposed to be comforting but I do not find it very meditative. I think I am too much of a perfectionist, and especially if I am making something for someone else, then I want it perfect. This is far from perfect but it was my best effort. Sometimes you simply don't do everything well, and I think for me knitting is probably one of those things. I may try some other patterns - I have some cotton yarn and a pattern for making dish cloths that I would like to try - but I think I am done with scarves for a while.

I have turned to crochet for the moment, and we'll see what comes of that.