Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Project Reject Giveaway

Lest you get the wrong idea about my knitting, which would be that I know what I am doing, I have another project to showcase. This one belongs in the Hall of Shame. I finished knitting this last winter, stuffed the pieces back into my knitting bag, shoved it deep into my craft closet, and promptly forgot about it. Notice I said I finished knitting it. That does not mean I finished the project.

This project is called the Pocket Scarf (Ravelry link). It seemed like a great idea at the time. The scarf has pockets at each end. These pockets are intended to hold an iPod. This seemed like the perfect thing for me. I love listening to podcasts when I walk, but worry about the extreme cold hurting my iPod. This scarf would keep both me and my Touch warm.

Never once did it cross my mind to measure the pockets. At least not until I had finished knitting both of them and the 60" long scarf. When I finally did I could not believe my stupidity. My mistakes in knitting generally happen because I have trouble consistently counting to four (in spite of having a degree in math). This error was more along the lines of a spatial reasoning problem.

Oh well. No big deal. I could just put it in sideways.

Oops. More spatial reasoning problems. I was so discouraged I didn't even bother to sew the pockets on. It probably would have sat in the back of my closet forever if it hadn't been for the fact that I wanted to reclaim the knitting bag it was in. Then I had a brainstorm - I could finish the scarf and give it away on my blog!

It should have been a simple process from there. I sewed the pockets on. Okay, easy enough even if it wasn't the best sewing job. I never claimed to be a seamstress. Then I washed it and pinned it down on the floor in the craft room to block it. I guess our cat thought it was a new toy. She managed to pull about 1/3 of the pins out. The damage was limited to one small hole which I sort of fixed. Remember, I am not a seamstress. There remained just one small finishing detail, which was sewing on the buttons. I had purchased the buttons the week before. I am sure I did. I distinctly remember driving down the hill to the fabric store. Unfortunately an hour of searching did not result in me finding the buttons I had bought, so I got to drive down the hill to the fabric store a second time.

Clearly this scarf and I were never meant to be. It needs to find a new home. It isn't fancy, but it is soft and warm, knit with Cascade 220 wool. If you would like this scarf email me at hsknitteratyahoodotca before November 30. (Of course, the "at" and the "dot" need to be symbols.) If there is more than one person interested I will throw the names in a hat and draw one out. No strings attached.

Happy American Thanksgiving!


  1. A cute scarf, but alas me and wool on the neck do not agree.

    The pocket thing is totally something I would do :)

  2. Okay, so some things won't fit in the pockets, it still looks like a winner to me! Plus, I know so few people who actually make things, it almost seems like magic for something to be handmade.

  3. oh dear, oh dear, and yet i love it, the colours, the texture, the garter stitch,
    i've sent you an email, to see if I can be included in your giveaway!