I have been knitting a scarf since the first of January, selecting the colors based on what I see in the sky each day. This is a conceptual knitting project from Leafcutter Designs which I blogged about earlier here and here. My first thoughts on this project were, "what a great way to record the year" and a second thought was it would be easy. Not technically; it is if you know basic knitting, but easy in the sense that its just 2 rows a day...I couldn't be that busy. Boy was I wrong. Somewhere in February I fell way behind...like three weeks. I had meticulously kept a record of what colors to use per day but a three day knitathon to catch up on three weeks worth of days sort of ruined the fun of the project. In early January, I would sit each night and reflect on the day as I knitted. Well, mid-February March as I caught up, I was reflecting on more what a procrastinator I am AND that I take on too many projects at once. So, I'm caught up and I'm seriously trying to not go past three days (I've already failed...but I'm continuing on!)
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Some questions I have received are how wide did I make my scarf...it's 30 stitches. Somewhere in February I picked up an extra but I don't even care. I'm using Caron Simply Soft and quickly running out of the light blue and white as lucky me...it's been mostly blue skies. The twist up the side of the scarf was difficult for me to "get"; I'm not a very experienced knitter and this is my first time with multiple yarn. Eventually I just got "it" but the early days just look a mess. I'm so glad I'm making this just for me!
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If I were to do this again...and that is a big IF. I think I would add embroidery floss to make this more like a calendar. I remember knitting through significant days like my birthday or even holidays like Mardi Gras and thought it would be fun to add a bit of color in those rows to pick out those days faster.
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