The Problem with Knitting Groups


So, I have this new knitting group. It’s pretty f’ing awesome… except for one thing. Everyone at my group always has such cool stuff… and my knitting ADD prevents me from finishing objects at a pace with which I can also brag. It seems like every week someone has something new to show off… except me. It’s really quite a problem and it makes me feel insecure. I’ve contemplated doing the whole “one project at a time” rule, but I’m just not sure if that’s realistic. So, in a bit of a fit of inspiration, I make a scarf. A rather nice scarf, actually:

two row scarf

It’s a basic scarf pattern, one you’ve seen millions of because of the inspiration of Jared of Brooklyntweed.

I liked the scarf though. It’s probably the warmest scarf I own, totally versatile (look at those colors!) and it goes great with both my corduroy and denim jackets. And it was a delight to knit. It’s one of those patterns where you keep say “oh, just two more rows” or “let me get into the purple and then I’ll stop” and then before you know it, you’re done!

Two row scarf

Specifics (I want to be lazy and just link to my ravelry page, but not everyone’s on ravelry.)

Yarn:  Lamb’s Pride Worsted in Black.  Plymouth Boku in a warm, mix of colors
Needles:  US 7s, Bamboo
Time Spent Knitting:  One weekend (started Friday night, finished Sunday night)
Pattern:  See links to Jared’s page above
Mods:  None.
Love:  Tons.  It’s definitely not the softest scarf – but it’ll definitely be something I reach for on those windy days.
Regret:  I wish I’d bought more of the Boku in that colorway.  I wanted to take advantage of the color changing and make a set of winter wear… with maybe some mittens like this.  I should know better.  Always err on the side of too much yarn.  *stupid, stupid, stupid.

Also – super kudos to the first person who can correctly NAME the part of the IU campus where I took these photos.   It actually has a name, not just “over there by that one building.”


11 Responses to “The Problem with Knitting Groups”

  1. 1 Linda April 2, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Oooh gorgeous scarf! I did one with a skien of Noro and 1+ of a solid. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just purchased a ton of Boku, did you know it was on sale at WEBS?????

  2. 2 Kalani April 2, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Er, would this be Dunn Woods?

    Hey, so, on the finished-item complaint: I’d say, since in the last six weeks you’ve finished off a skirt, a cardigan (just this past week), two mittens (which you nearly married, in a stunning display of commitment), and you’re working on two giant blankets, you have no need to show off finished stuff every 2 minutes.

  3. 3 kseelass April 3, 2008 at 6:15 am

    Chemistry Building. Gee, that is one beautiful University. Love the scarf. Please check out my Chain Melody socks. Loved the pattern and they cam out beautifuly

  4. 4 chemgrrl April 3, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Kinda looks like Collins to me. But then, all those dang limestone buildings start to run together after awhile.

    Hey, nice mitten pattern! 🙂

    And I do very much like your scarf. I don’t think I said so before. It’s so nice and stripy! Hmm, maybe I need to make one like that. See, it’s not just us influencing you! It does work both ways, you know.

    P.S. I heart your new banner!

  5. 5 orata April 3, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    ooh, nice new banner! I can’t believe you think you don’t finish items quickly enough, considering you just showed up with a FINISHED, totally gorgeous Sunrise Circle at the last knitting night and that was the first I had ever seen of it.
    Both Yarns Unlimited and In A Yarn Basket carry Boku, plus it’s part of the WEBS anniversary sale… do you know what colorway you used? I totally approve of the mitten idea. Even if it’s too warm right now for mittens, it’s never too early to start making them for next winter 🙂
    Anyway… nice scarf! Predictably, I love it.

  6. 6 knittymuggins April 5, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I know what you mean. I don’t belong to a knitting group, but being in blogland and seeing the stuff that everyone out here cranks out all.the.time. makes me feel crazy untalented 😦 But knitting is supposed to be fun and relaxing so try not to pressure yourself too much!

    Love your new scarf 😉

  7. 7 Oksana April 6, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I like your scarf! Koigu’s color variations are breathtakingly beautiful. Ack, I can’t even begin to think of a name for this locale. All I know is that it’s 10 times more beautiful than any spot on my campus…
    I know how you feel about not having many FOs to show off. The joy is in the journey, so don’t feel too bad!

  8. 8 Norma April 7, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Isn’t it the Philosopher’s Path? (that area in between Morrison, Goodbody, Sycamore and something else). Photo taken looking toward Morrison and Ballantine?
    Hey, no worries about having no FO’s. I’ve finished precisely one pair of mitts and a sock since New Year’s. And I’m almost done a baby sweater.

  9. 9 Keith April 9, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I have so many wonderful items that you have knitted me! You can always borrow them to show off. Also, I love the artsy display of your latest (fabulous) scarf.

  10. 10 orata April 10, 2008 at 1:05 am

    I tagged you for a meme!
    I hope you’ll participate and not try to get out of it by faking your own death (Leigh’s reaction to being tagged).
    See you tomorrow!

  11. 11 Debbie April 13, 2008 at 9:18 am

    That is not being harsh on your knitting group! I’m with you being knitting ADD with the rest of my knitting buddies finishing projects left and right.

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