December 06, 2005

Attack of the scarves

I know, after all the whining and yammering on and on I have been doing about those extra snowmen, one might expect that the picture posted in this entry would be of snowmen, wearing cute sparkly red hats with sparkly green pom poms.

Unfortunately, the picture of finished snowmen will have to wait yet another week (and possibly longer).

I'd mentioned earlier that my knitting mom and I are the team leads for the church 'food fight' (food drive). Originally we were going to do one inch per 10 pounds. And I, at least, was sticking to that. But my knitting mom got way ahead of herself, so we finally changed it to one scarf per 100 pounds. This was fine for her, but not so fine for me, since I'd been dutifully only doing one inch per ten pounds, and suddenly I had to go from one nearly finished scarf to seven, all in one week.

Luckily my knitting mom was willing to donate one to the cause, since she realizes I don't have as much knitting time as she does. And also luckily, my team boasts a marvelous crocheter, who volunteered to make a scarf or two to add to the pile. So by the time the Sunday before last rolled around I had the required seven.

Below you see five scarves - last week's and this week's (the lady who crochets made another one for me - phew!). I'm not including the four scarves made and donated by other people (which brings me to the current requirement of 9 scarves total).

The grey one is made from superwash wool, in my favorite broken rib pattern. The pink and white swirled one is a 4x4 basic basket weave stitch, made from some Bernat Berella 4. The brown one and the blue one are basic garter stitches from Lion Brand Homespun, and the one on the right is a 1x1 rib, made from some donated varigated yarn in cream, cranberry, and a dark, dull green.

I have to admit that I have actually been having fun making these. For one thing, every single bit of yarn I'm using for all of these scarves (plus the ones I will likely have to do in the weeks to come) has come directly from my stash, allowing me to use up a rather sizable pile of yarn I didn't really have any other use for anyway. I am quite pleased with this because one of my after-Christmas plans is to drag all my yarn out from all the various places I have stashed it, dump it into a big pile on the floor, and get it all organized again. And the hope is that with all this stash busting I'm doing, all in the name of charity, I'll have cleared out space in my yarn bins - giving me the perfect excuse to buy more!

I should note that I have been steadily plugging away at the snowmen, regardless of the unexpected glut of scarf knitting. I have three additional projects to get done by Christmas (no, make that four - I keep forgetting about the secret project), but I am actually still feeling pretty confident that I will get it all done. Even if it does all have to wait until after the food drive ends because I am too busy making scarves, scarves, and more scarves.

Posted by Jenipurr at December 6, 2005 10:02 AM