This WIP is my Diversity Scarf, about 3/4 done. If I could keep the pattern straight, I'd be even doner, but last night I got the pattern rows wrong and realized it after I'd done three of them. Argh. And tinking gazillions of stitches is not hard but definitely feels counterproductive! If this were the first time I'd had to do it on this scarf . . . but it's not. Ah well. My mind doesn't see patterns the way others' probably do, so I mistake my way along until it becomes inescapably obvious. As for a recipient, I am inclined to keep this one 8^) but I will start to have a bit of a problem with more scarves than outfits to wear them with if I don't watch out. On the other hand, this scarf could well be a gift. I know several people who might like it. ;^)
Voila two scarves I've been working on here and there for almost a month--dark blue/purple is Lush in Yarn Harlot's Scarf pattern (the easiest and apparently most impressive scarf I've ever gifted before), the left photo being truer to the real color. The light blue scarf below is doubled O-Wool in robin's egg, knitted in twin rib. (I purchased mine some time ago from Granola Yarn.)
(That lovely feline gracing the scarf is Pippi, the cat that thinks she's a baby even though she's bigger than our other female, Cleo. Pippi is always all, "Hey, what about me? Come pet me!" right before she throws herself down on the floor in front of me to be noticed. Not a little drama queen there!) The Lush scarf is a belated Christmas gift (a Valen-mas gift?) to my friend Aleia. The O-Wool scarf I am starting to want to hide in my closet (it's too warm for scarves now, here in Paradise) for next fall. I never used to wear what I knitted, but I guess I've passed some internal test because now it's more likely than not, unless I start something with a specific person in mind.
New acquisitions on the stash enhancement front:
Yarn Rescue--a lovely thick and thin skein of "Full Drama" that begs to be made into a scarf.
Green Mountain Spinnery of VT: "Clove" and "Vincent's Gold" Mountain Mohair, Sylvan Spirit in Moonshadow (looks gray in photo, more brown actually), and a skein of New Mexico organic for making baby things.
from Granola Yarn (Midnight Sky Fibers for these first two, some SWTC Terra in Garnet)
Last, but not least, the story promised in the title above. Saturday we held our retreat, a school function that happens every February whether we want it to or not, and at that event, Queen of Purple Yarn and I teamed up for our one hour recreational pursuits. As we have done for several years now, we invited other teachers who wanted to knit or crochet, or to learn (QuPY is a wonderful teacher--I, not so much). She and I agreed ahead of time to bring several "kits" of yarn with needles and cast-on stitches, and as it happened we had a few takers on the instruction part of things.
So our colleague, Masako, learning how to knit, happily worked on her super bulky skein and got several inches done, but clearly she would run out well before a scarf could be made. So I said, "I have another ball of that yarn in the stash at home that I'd be happy to get to you next week so you can finish the scarf." She started to fret about getting me my needles back, etc. "Oh, but I want to pay you," she said. To which I drily offered the equivalent of "There is plenty more where that came from," to which I hear laughter across the room. Then Queen Purple and I started a pissing contest about whose stash was bigger (I'm willing to concede without seeing hers because she works off and on at Purlescence, which to me would be worse than being a kid in a candy store.)
But I digress. The point being that I was happy to provide Masako with all the yarn she needs to become well and truly hooked on knitting. Yes, I sleep fine at night, since the price she might pay for this particular addiction seems quite small. And sadly, unlike for the pusher man, I get no $$ compensation for my efforts. ;^)
Happy knitting, all.