It made me very sad. Although I have a vague memory of packing all this away, I can't remember what made me suddenly decide that I didn't have time for this-- for me-- anymore. Couldn't I have found the few minutes it would have taken to finish these projects? As a pregnant, pumping, working mom with a 7 month old baby at home, the answer was honestly no.
On the bright side-- my babies are now toddlers, and I'm finding more time to do the things I love! The first was finishing this scarf.
Although this may not be the most attractive or complicated scarf I've made-- it's my favorite. It's made of the little bits of leftover yarn that I couldn't bear to part with. Some of them are over 10 years old, but I still remember where most of them came from.
The black is from the first scarf I knit for my husband, the blue is a skein of bamboo yarn I picked up while traveling in Japan, the white is from Mexico, there is even a teensy bit of left over yarn from this bunny I knitted for my kids, before I had kids.
The scarf is huge-- over twice my height. It's warm and squishy, and is my most stolen scarf-- my husband, son and daughter all love to wear it, because there is so much love inside.
You can make your own sentimental scarf too! The scarf is knit sideways back and forth along the length. Your scarf will look different depending on the yarn you choose, but here are the general instructions.
The Squishy Sentimental Scarf:
MaterialsGather all of your worsted weight yarn (Consider holding two strands together if you want to use a lighter weight yarn.) The key to making this work is to pick one or two color families-- don't throw your whole yarn scrap box at it! I chose to use neutrals, although you can see a bit of blue in there if you look closely.
I used size 8 circular needles. Although this scarf is straight knitted (not a circle), a circular needle helps reduce hand fatigue-- this scarf gets heavy!
InstructionsCast on 250 stitches loosely onto the needles.
Knit all stitches (garter stitch). Switch yarn whenever you run out, or whenever you feel like it! Consider using the Russian Join for a near invisible join between your yarn strands.
Once your scarf is wide enough (or you run out of yarn) bind off.
FinishingI chose to crochet a border on the two long sides of the scarf after binding off (this is optional.)
Weave in ends, and block your scarf! The blocking process is absolutely essential to making the scarf look nice. Blocking will even out your stitches and make all the different yarns and fibers play nice. I'll share my super fun, easy way to block a scarf soon.
This was a perfect project for me to jump back into knitting with. I loved the feeling of the yarn running through my fingers, and the sound of my needles click-clicking. It was a lot of mindless straight knitting but it was totally worth it to see all the colors come together, and to have those spare balls of yarn disappear from my stash.
Has anyone else ever rediscovered a hobby? Or, what do you like to do for 'me' time?