Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Scarves Serve A Purpose
Many expert knitter's have a penchant to disrespect the scarf. A universal first project, it allows a beginning knitter to make a useful garment while learning a new skill. Some knitters never move beyond that project. They get stuck as they hone their skill. Their confidence in a job well done fixates them.
Some take this confidence and use it to leap into the next learning project and onward to the ultimate- a sweater project. From the simplicity of a scarf to the complexity of a fitted garment is a progression that can take days, weeks, or many years. I respect the time line, as knitters tend to be very individualistic. As a knitting teacher, I have seen students advance at every conceivable rate. It is always a joy to behold. Anyone that teaches, relishes the "Aha" moments.
I need you to know that I always have a scarf on the needles. It is the way I sample lace patterns and stitch designs. When I swatch, if I like what I am doing I will continue and turn it into a scarf. It is always a perfect, brainless carry along. Compact
I am the chairwoman of Philanthropy for the NCKG. We annually provide beautiful scarves, lovingly made, (RED) for Heart Scarves,(PINK) for the Breast Cancer Society, (Military colors) for the Armed Forces, (Multi-hued) for the homeless at the San Diego Rescue Mission.
So, pick up a pair of size 13 needles. Cast on 15 stitches with a chunky yarn. Knit until a minimum of 5 ft is reached. A scarf should be as tall as you are, as a rule of thumb. Bind off. Fringe, tassel, bead, crochet a finish. Wear it or give it away. Relax and enjoy. Let's stop judging each other and have fun...