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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sky Scarf - 2013 Year-Long Knitting Project

this past autumn sometime, while browsing Pinterest, I stumbled upon this conceptual knitting project called a "Sky Scarf" - basically, you knit two rows a day based on the color of the sky - HOW NEAT !
You knit every day for a year and at the end of the year, you have a scarf (approx 5 feet long depending on the yarn & needles used) and a reminder of what the weather was like that year.

I made a mental note to myself that I would start one January 1st and I did !!  It is going to take me all year to knit it of course (since I only knit 2 rows a day).  The reason I knit 2 rows instead of one is because I carry the yarn up the side and so I need to knit down a row and then it the row back so the yarn all ends up on the same side.

So based on what others have used, I decided to make it with Knit Picks Pallette Yarn.  I actually wanted to use Herrschner's 2-Ply Afghan Yarn but they were out of 2 of the colors I needed and they noted that they wouldn't have in stock until March (although I see now that both colors are currently in stock).  I didn't want to wait until March to start my scarf - I wanted to start on January 1st by golly ! So Knit Picks Pallette Yarn won the battle and I ordered the following:


1 skein of Ash (Dark Grey) for rainy days
1 skein of Mist (Light Grey) for overcast days
1 skein of White for snowy days (haha - probably won't get used but you never know)
2 skeins of Sky (Light Blue) for clear days
2 skeins of Pool (Dark Blue) for bright, sunny days

You can tell from the photo that I got the yarn right around Christmas time (note the tablecloth).  I wound the skeins into balls and stored them in my project suitcase.  How cute is this little suitcase?  I got it at Michaels and it was on sale for 40% off.  It has a Victorian Parisian theme on the outside.

On January 1st, I started my scarf and so far, I've knitted daily.  I don't have a current photo but here is one I took at the end of January:

 

Look at all the GREY !!!  Boy we had a lot of rain and overcast days in January !  I ordered twice as much blue as I did grey and now I'm thinking I should have ordered the opposite - well - we shall see.... you can see the first day of the month is dark grey (raining) and the last day is dark grey (raining).  It should be interesting to see how it turns out.

I am using Size 4 Takumi Knitting Needles and I cast on 34 stitches. I chose 34 in honor of my dad, who was born in 1934.  That way he can kind of be a part of my scarf. 

I did decide later that I wanted to put a "break" of some kind in between months so I chose yellow (to represent the sun) and I will put yellow in between each month.  I'm not sure if I will post an update each month but we'll see how the year progresses.

I have SO MANY projects I want to do but this is an easy one - takes me about 3 minutes a day.


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