I decided last night, having finished the main knitting on Cadeau that it was time I got rid of some of the UFOs hanging around the house before starting the new things I am itching to get into.
You may remember Creekbed from back in September last year. I got to half-way point, and then lost interest. Looking at it last night, I remembered the reason that I suddenly lost interest. I began to realise as I got to halfway point that I’d have a very wide scarf upon completion based on my number of colour changes and rows. It would also have a ‘pointy’ edge going down the length of the scarf, on both sides. This did not appeal. I had visions of me looking clownish walking down the street with a massively frilled neckline and flappy scarf…
Examining the article in question, and feeling rather annoyed at the waste of yarn (all those socks I could have knit with it!) it occurred to me that I did not actually have to knit the entire scarf… what if I bound it off at the garter section where I’d stopped, which was conveniently half-way? Then I’d have a scarf of more conventional width, and despite the two pointy edges would be more to my taste?
I’m very glad I did bind off where I stopped. Now that it’s off the needles, I see it has turned out a lot shorter than I thought it would be (which is very puzzling, because I knitted a lengthwise scarf a while ago using the same number of stitches and it’s satisfactorily very long). If it was any wider, it would have been a total disaster.
So there we have it… half a creekbed.
I’m not totally happy with the way it curls. I blocked it very carefully, and even steam-pressed it.
I think I had better let go of of the idea that the edges will stay nice and flat. It looks fine. Best of all, it’s very comfy. That 100% merino sock yarn is perfect – warm but not too warm. Perfect for change of seasons weather. It weighs a total of 150gm (approx 6oz), which is an nice weight for around the neck.
I’ve used some beautiful New Zealand indie sock yarns to knit this – Knitsch and Fibre Alive. It’s ravelled here if you want to know details.
Another bonus: I have enough yarn left over for at least three pairs of socks. Hehe!!