The Plan

Update 2017. While we hoped we could revive this project it has not happened. If anyone is interested in taking over, please leave a comment.

Knit lots of hats and scarves for patients and survivors or breast and ovarian cancers to be donated to the Komen Foundation for the Cure, Philadelphia Affiliate. We fully support monetary fund raising efforts for the cure. But we also want to do something which will go directly to those who need to know there are people rooting for their health and survival. All skill levels are welcome!

Please join us! The 2011 project ends Sept. 15th.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Scarf in progress

Well, somehow I haven't managed to post a single thing here yet, even though I have finished knitting the first two hats (will post those later). I think I'm blog-phobic.

But since I was home sick all weekend I had plenty of time to dive into the yarn exchange scarf project, and am pretty happy with how things are going!

I am a beginner, self-taught knitter who has learned most everything I need to know from two books or the Internet, and who has knit nothing before the knit-a-thon but rectangles (a poncho and some scarves). Since joining the knit-a-thon I've learned to knit in the round, to increase and decrease, to purl, and for the yarn exchange scarf finally figured out how to do a Yarn Over!

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this pattern is, even for a beginner like myself, and yet how great the results look! And it's definitely fun to be knitting with such obviously (for my price range) exotic yarns. Great fun!

I was lucky enough to score a few additional colours from another yarn-exchange participant who was cleaning out her stash (thanks Caitlin), so some of the colours in my scarf may not be in anyone else's. I know that might be considered cheating by some, but hey, I'm very particular about colours (purple and I just can't be friends)!

Unfortunately I did not read Tara's tip that we could get 7 repeats out of each colour until after I'd already knit through the first six colours. Since my first ball of yarn only gave me enough for 3 repeats, that's what I stuck with for all the others. That being said, I have enough yarn left over for most of the colours to go through them all again a second time if I want to make the scarf extra long, and I just may do that once I see how long it is once I've finished knitting the last two colours.

And yes, I spell it c-o-l-o-u-r because I'm Canadian.

Hope you like my scarf as much as I do!

Only two more colours to go!


  1. Yay D'Arcy! Thanks for posting. Now I don't have to. :) Your scarf looks fabulous - and there's no such thing as cheating. Whatever makes you happy is what is right. Don't worry about using up all of your yarn either. I have a hat pattern coming up for using up those pesky one-yard scraps. Or in your case, one-meter scraps. Stay tuned for that one.

  2. D'Arcy, your scarf is awesome and I love the way you laid out the colors!