The best laid plans are always interrupted, squashed, changed and well, just plain thrown out! It looked like a great weekend to knit, with snow expected by the
shitload boatload Sunday and not much in the way of obligations to deal with, either. But then, my dear pal Norma threw a wrench in the plan and all thoughts of knitting for myself went out the window.
Last week Norma had a post about knitting red scarves for orphans. When I read about the plan (this is her post and there is more info here) it hit me in the heart and I knew I had to knit for the young, struggling college students. The young people who are being honored by the OFA are like the phoenix, creating a future out of the ashes of their pasts. A bit of encouragement in the form of a warm red hug is the least I can do.
I couldn't think of a single red yarn in my stash, however, and with the StashAlong hanging over my head I was unsure what to do. After pulling out the stash and digging through I found a wonderful barn red Brown Sheep Bulky yarn that Carole had gifted to me. The plan was to make a large felted bag, but it felt right to pay it forward and make a nice warm scarf instead. (You don't mind do you Carole?) I looked through my books and adapted a pattern from Weekend Knitting to fit the yarn weight and cast on. In one evening (with time off to go out for Chinese) I had a fabulous lacy scarf. Moxie was kind enough to model it for me, but he was a bit indignant, as he is in need of grooming. (How can you do this to me, mom?)
One scarf just wasn't enough and it was then I remembered the gift certificate from Christmas. I headed to the LYS on Saturday and found a yummy red yarn from Cascade called Pastaza. It is llama and wool which should be very warm. Again I adapted a pattern, this time from Stephannie Roy’s Heart scarf in Knitty's Breast Cancer Edition. My StashAlong hopes remain intact.
This scarf should grow quickly, too and I might have time to make another scarf or two before the January 30th deadline. One of my office mates is crocheting up a bunch to give and we'll drop them off at the Einstein Bagels across the street from our office. Knit Red!!