Friday, February 12, 2016

Justin's Mini Herringbone Scarf

Two Christmases ago, I intended to give my fiancĂ© the fanciest scarf I had ever made: Purl Soho's Men's Mini Herringbone Scarf using Pro Lana Baby Alpaca Yarn in green, his favorite color.  This was the first time I had tried the herringbone stitch, and it ended up being a little too fancy for the time I had allotted myself, and just like that, the Christmas present turned into a Valentine's Day present. 

Now that Valentine's day is coming up again, I took a moment to photograph it, because it really is quite the scarf.

Herringbone stitch is the craziest thing.  You're using larger needles than the yarn calls for, so it seems like the knitting should go quickly, but that isn't the case at all.  Every stitch gets worked twice, and all the crisscrossing makes a shockingly tight, double-thick finished product that is as warm as it is beautiful.

It was totally worth the work.

This scarf was the perfect accessory for Justin to pair with a long-sleeved t-shirt on a sunny, mid-winter Colorado afternoon.  

We had gone outside to photograph the scarf, but it was so nice out that we decided to set up some wickets in the leftover snow and play a round or two of Wild Wickets, which is our new favorite lawn game.  My cousin invented it, and it's the perfect balance of simple and complex, so it's easy to learn the game but a challenge to master it.  

Sound a little bit like knitting?  Hmmm...

Anyway, my cousin is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to launch Wild Wickets into the world, and if you'd like to check it out, you can do so here.

I wore my handmade Antrorse sweater while we played, and I was almost too warm.  Justin's scarf and t-shirt combo was the perfect outfit for moderate activity in cool weather.  Maybe I'll tackle making a mini herringbone scarf for myself somewhere down the line?  The only problem is that my "to knit" list is growing significantly faster than my "finished knits" list.

I guess that's life.

A full post about that Antrorse sweater will be coming soon, though, and that's another item on the "finished knits" list! 

Have you added anything to your "finished knits" list lately?


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