This is mostly a knitting blog. Sometimes pictures of things I've made, sometimes not. I'm a guy who knits, I usually attend a men's stitch 'n' bitch on Monday nights, and I prefer natural fibres to artificial ones. I have a love-hate relationship with bamboo yarns: I love what they can do and how they look, I hate how they are made. I've been knitting since about 2003, though I really didn't get into it until 2005, while convelescing with a broken leg. I must have discovered something good, 'cause I'm still knitting years later.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Journey of 10,000 Miles

It has been said, by wiser heads than mine, that the journey of 10,000 miles begins with the realisation that 10,000 miles is one hell of a long journey.*

I am making a scarf for someone who chose a beautiful hand dyed yarn, from Rooftop Yarns. The colour is maize, and it really is quite lovely.

It also is 980 yards of lace weight yarn.

I am making a mobius strip scarf for him. I cast on 1000 stitches, mostly because I am some sort of masochist. I've put stitch markers every 50 stitches, and so far I've done nine full rows, or 9000 stitches. But I'm not counting.** 

I've also got, after 9000 stitches, about half an inch of fabric. 

This is going to be one long-assed knitting project.

Since I'm doing it in stockinette, it's all knit, all the time.

He had damn well better appreciate this.

This is where I am right now. The scarf isn't all that frilly, but when you've got 10+ feet of fabric on a 48 inch circular needle, things tend to get a bit scrunched up.

Nine rows into the project and this is the fabric. That's about a half inch.

After nine rows, this is the ball of yarn, and the tag. It really is beautiful yarn, a superwash merino. And hand-dyed. I am looking forward to seeing it when it's done, because I think it will be quite stunning.


Of course, I've got about 9,750 miles still to go on this journey.

I think I need a cup of coffee.

*Actually, Lao Tsu said, "The journey of 10,000 miles begins with a single step."

**OK, yes I am.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. That's an amazing project. I can't wait to see what it looks like done but I hope you will post more progress pix.