Last fall some friends and I went on a little yarn crawl.....I blogged about it here. At one of our stops (Knitorius) I saw the funkiest scarf---made from a mesh-type yarn. The scarf, itself, didn't appeal to me in the least; I'm really not a frou-frou-y kind of girlie girl, but the whole idea was somewhat entrancing, and of course, I had to buy a skein of the novelty stuff to give it a try. I'm not a novelty yarn knitter. I HATE knitting with anything over a size 4, so of course, this was not going to be a match made in heaven. What was I thinking????
I made it. I hated it. Every stinkin' minute of the knitting was pure torture. And I was pretty vocal about it.
Skip ahead several months to our knit-nite Christmas exchange. Oh, darn---you guessed it. In the "swap" I got
It actually was a pretty funny moment.....sitting around the table were lots of women totally lusting over this yarn. (Not sure how many of them had tackled it yet!) There were offers to swap with me---to knit it for me---but that just wouldn't be right (and how could I subject an unknowing friend to this stuff???). The first one I made I gave as a gift---and it was loved. I can do this again. (but it has S-P-A-R-K-L-E-S in it --gag--I'm so NOT into bling!!! and it's acrylic -- double gag,gag-- yes, sadly, I'm a yarn snob) It was immediately banished to the depths of the stash....
Fast forward.....it's been nearly a year since I knit (and I use that term very very loosely---it's more a craft project than a real knitting one) the first scarf. Surely it wasn't THAT horrible (neither was childbirth or getting my wisdom teeth out, right?) AND--there are only 33 yards in the skein. I can do anything for 33 yards.
Just in case you have no idea what I'm talking about with this yarn.....
it looks innocent enough---sort of ropey, but you have to pull it apart.....
and knit into one of the top mesh loops. This does not flow well. You cannot just knit. You have to keep pulling it apart, looking for the loop, and flipping it over the needle. BUT---there are only 6 stitches on the needlel. 6 stitches and 33 yards of misery----I can do this.
Note: I have now knit at least 19 miles of this stuff---and the ball refuses to get much smaller. I'm thinking I'm having a 'loaves and fishes' moment.
But, finally.....It's done! I'm DONE. (It's a miracle)
I think it's going to a friend whose hubby is a lay pastor---she's totally going to get the spiritual thing.