- Pattern: Morning Surf Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer of HeartStrings
- Yarn: Jitterbug by Colinette, fingering weight, in Marble 88
- Needles: US size 6
- Modifications: I cast on 66 stitches instead of 76. I wanted this to be a one skein project, but it ended up a little short, even after blocking. If you only have about 300 yards, I would suggest casting on 46 for a narrower, longer scarf.
This is one of those patterns that looks more complicated than it actually is. It’s mostly straight knitting, with one purl row and one row of different sized yarn overs per repeat. You just knit along, wrap 2, 3, 4, 3, 2 stitches with a knit in between. Then on the next row, you let all of those stitches drop intentionally and you end up with these beautiful open waves.
Blocking made a huge difference for the stitches in this pattern as well. It was a bit curly and bumpy before, and measured in at a meager 25 inches long and 11 inches wide.
After my special sink-towel-yoga mat blocking technique, the scarf grew 14 inches in length and 2.5 inches in width. I love the magic effect a little bit of water and stretching has on knitting!
So, that’s 4 works in progress dealt with this month. Now I am knitting with a much more relaxed attitude, less self-imposed pressure. I cast on for my second Embossed Leaves sock on Monday, and have been working on a 2-color garter stitch scarf for my sister. Then all I have left is the second Diagonal Cross Rib sock and my TKGA Master swatches. I am back in my comfort zone, and it feels wonderful!
Knitting is supposed to be a relaxing, peaceful activity for me. Feeling scattered and surrounded by too many projects was really affecting my enjoyment of knitting, and that was no fun. So after a week of dealing with these projects, I finally feel able to relax and knit with no deadlines or objectives. Knitting and I are over our little disagreements and lover’s quarrels and are back in a harmonious relationship!