Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Take Out the U from the UFO -- I've FINISHED Something

Hooray! I have finished my first knitted object since my college days when I knit a blue vest (probably out of acrylic yarn) for my then-boyfriend. I worked really hard on that vest. When he opened up the package that I had wrapped so carefully, he made that face that people make when you give them something and they hate it. To be fair, I did not know about gauge then, so it was probably off in size. But still, my heart was in the right place. Anyway, I ditched him not too long after that. Hear more about it in Episode 2 of my podcast, Knitlark Lane,

If you get a chance, leave a comment to tell me about someone who was not appreciative of your gift that was knitted or crocheted with love.

But now I have finished my Noro Seed Stitch Scarf. I started with something I could Knit With No Mind . . . in the car . . . anywhere. I also tried to pick something that would not be overwhelming for an Advanced Beginner knitter like me. So, it was (Cast on 21, k1,p1 to end, Repeat. )
My big question is SHOULD I BLOCK THIS? and IF SO, HOW DO I DO THAT?

Here are some pictures. I am SO proud!


  1. This is a stunning scarf. Good Job!

    In regards to giving gifts to unappreciative folks, I think we all have someone in our lives that don't receive hand-made heart felt gifts well. However, I thank God for these ill-behaved people, bless their hearts. Without them, we wouldn't appreciate the people who do receive gifts well. The ones that open your gifts with enthusiasm and excitement, the ones who lavish on or "wow you made this for me", or the ones who don't make a huge deal with words about the gift, but use/wear it all the time. Hip-Hip-Hooray for the fun-to-give gifts to people!~~~~~mushroommommy

  2. You are absolutely right. And it has taught me to be a most grateful recipient, too.

  3. Your scarf looks great! No need to block it.

    My grandmother is the worst gift receiver EVER. I once made her a really difficult hat for Christmas and she took one look at it and said "huh" and threw it aside. This is why I don't knit for other people very often anymore.

    Congrats on finishing your scarf! Hope your sock is coming along too!

  4. on the other hand, there are people who love your gift so much that they use it frequently and wear it out, to your horror. happened to a t shirt i made for a friend. the colors are super faded now D:
    for blocking:

  5. LOVE IT!! Beautiful scarf, those Noro people know what they are doing when it making beautiful color combinations for the knitter's palate.

    I did work very hard once on a wall quilt for a family member who now uses it as a pseudo-table runner...(insert eye-roll here).

    Sometimes others just don't get that it is not merely stitches, time, and energy, but physical expression of love in a tangible form. Perhaps that is why it feels of rejection when not appreciated.

    I'm glad you returned to knitting.