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The Eleven-year scarf

Posted Nov 30 2009 10:00pm

It took me eleven years to knit this scarf:

You'd think after eleven years it would be longer

You would think that after eleven years, it would be long enough to wrap around the Earth two times. Yet, it's only about four feet long. That's because I haven't actually been knitting for eleven years, I've been knitting for a couple of days and then putting the scarf away for safekeeping for a couple years. Repeat as necessary.

There was a knitting craze at a summer camp I attended in the summer of 1997. One of the groups learned how to knit squares that would be sewn together to make a blanket. As a result, you'd see girls and guys all around campus bent over their knitting needles. I wasn't in the knitting group, but I decided this was a good opportunity to learn how to knit, so on Parent's Day we went to Wal-Mart and purchased some needles and yarn. That year I made a really ugly blue scarf.

Once I got home, I wanted another project, so I got some black and white yarn to make a scarf like Mark wore in my favorite, hot, new musical at the time: Rent. I hoped to finish it before going to college, but I got bored with it after a few color changes. So, the scarf was stuffed into my craft box, that I toted along with me to the next four houses and apartments I lived in. Sometimes I pulled it out and worked on it for awhile, but I never managed to finish the darn thing.

Then, this weekend, I was cleaning out my craft box, saw the scarf and decided enough was enough. I pulled out my Stitch N' Bitch book, read the section about binding off, and finally evicted the scarf from the knitting needles it had called home for over a decade.

Now I am left with a sort of lumpy, scarf with an inconsistent width. I should probably throw some tassels on at the end. I don't think I'll actually use it. I'm just glad it's done.

Copyright Jennette Fulda. Read more at PastaQueen

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