Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Today I officially jump the shark

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It is a black day indeed. The day I jump the shark. It is impossible to follow such adorable children with something as mundane as a scarf. But here it is anyways.

Submitted for your approval, 60 inches of ribbed hell.

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Pattern: No pattern. CO 50 Stitches. Work in 2x2 ribbing for 60 inches. CO. Add some fringe if you're feeling frisky. (Wonder if I can copywrite that?)

Yarn: Black Alpaca from Little Miami Alpaca

Needles: Size 5 Straights

Modifications: None, since there was no pattern.

Review: I hate ribbing. But I love this yarn. This alpaca yarn is undyed. The yarn is black because it was sheared from a black alpaca. It is nice to work with, but a bit smelly when wet. And very dirty when initially washed. I was appalled by how brown the blocking water turned. I kept thinking about how my children liked to hold the scarf while I was knitting it and rub it on their faces. And it turned the water muddy brown. I let them rub their faces on something that dirty. But it blooms nice and fluffy once washed, and it is very soft.

It's no secret I wasn't loving this scarf while knitting it, but I'm very pleased with the final product. It looks good on everyone. See.

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Alright, she's beautiful, everything looks good on her. But here's the scarf on Meaty.

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He looks serious. A person who will eventually own such a straight laced scarf will probably be very serious, and possibly studious. I wonder if making Meaty wear this scarf will cause him to become more serious and studious.

And finally Bird.

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See how good the scarf looks on her despite her obvioushatred of all hand knitted things.

All in all, I'm glad it's done, but I'm pleased with the results. I imagine that's a bit what plastic surgery would be like. Not a lot of enjoyment in the process, but happiness when it's all over. Yes, getting breast implants would be exactly like knitting a ribbed scarf. And possibly cheaper. Maybe I should abandon yarn and take up plastic surgery as a hobby.

For the record that really is a close up of the scarf at the top of the page.


Areli said...

This is a pretty funny post. I laughed quite a bit at the different commentary with your kids. It does look like a very nice scarf, but the ribbing would have killed me, too.

Chris said...

I couldn't figure out what that first picture was - a photo that didn't load? What the...??

It's very nice - since that is within the Chris accepted color palette for scarves (which begins and ends with black), I would wear it.

shiguy4076 said...

Did I ever mention I hate ribbing. I think the devil invented it. Meaty looks very Gap or J Crew. His picture made me smile. What a cutie.

candsmom said...

Lovely scarf! But I'd have to say, I think that plastic surgery may actually be cheaper than being sucked into the Black Hole that is knitting and yarn. Performing breast implants and rhinoplasty may be more fun than you think. ;-) Take care! :-)