I’ve decided that cleaning and knitting make a very dangerous combination.
My father-in-law asked me to make him a scarf. Since I have cats and he’s allergic to said cats, I worked on the scarf only in the guest room, which is cat-free. It would be impossible to get cat hair out of that yarn! (It’s already developed a nice halo.) My in-laws are arriving tonight for a visit and I, logically, wanted to have the scarf finished by the time he got here (saves me the trouble of shipping it!)
In between scrubbing, vacuuming, and laundry, I worked on the scarf. I sat on the guest bed while I knit, since that’s really the only place to sit that’s not the folding chair for the sewing machine and I left the scarf on the bed when I wasn’t working on it. I had about a foot left to knit and then the finishing. I figured it wouldn’t take very long, since the scarf is pretty simple. I didn’t really factor in the enormous task of weaving in all the ends. It took me almost an hour! Oy. But I finished it! After I finished the scarf, I stripped the bed to wash the sheets.
Then I went downstairs for dinner. After dinner, I went back upstairs to block the scarf. I looked at the bed. There was no scarf, because I had thrown the sheets in the washer. I panicked. I said a very bad word, picturing all that work being felted in the washer as I stood there. I swear my heart stopped… then started up again going very fast.
I went to go sit down, since my legs were a bit shaky. Then I saw the scarf, safe and sound, where I had put it on the table next to the blocking supplies.
Apparently I’m smarter than I thought. But that was too close. I think I lost four years off my life.
Here is the scarf in all it’s blocking glory (with my stash underneath):
Nice, right? Mirasol Sulka in Snow White, Juniper, and Paprika. It’s about four feet long, since my father-in-law wanted a short scarf (which meant two feet that I didn’t have to knit!). Two skeins of White and Juniper, one of Paprika.
It’s super squooshy and, like I said before, possessed of a nice halo. The pattern is the Multidirectional Scarf using intarsia instead of a variegated yarn for the color changes. And each block of color meant two ends I had to weave in… Oh, that was a nightmare. But I really love this yarn.
Next week, we’re all going to Coeur d’Alene for some outdoor activities. Biking, maybe some kayaking, etc. There’s two yarn stores I’ve already marked on the map! Hopefully I’ll have some time to post something while I’m there. Now that the scarf is finished, it’s time to go figure out what knitting I’m taking with me!