Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Year In The Making

It's finished! After 366 days, 732 rows, and 40,260 stitches of sky watching I was finally able to cast off my Sky Scarf. I started knitting this scarf on February 11, 2012. I cast on 55 stitches to match my age, and committed to a year of observing the noon sky and recording it as closely as I could with two strands of yarn for the next twelve months.

When I first started this project I was filled with enthusiasm. I could hardly wait for the noon hour so I could knit the day's sky onto my needles. If I wasn't home I would make a note of the sky wherever I was, then knit it as soon as I returned. This level of enthusiasm lasted approximately two weeks. The remaining 362 days of scarf knitting were met with a progressive lack of enthusiasm. I have never been as happy to cast off a project as I was this scarf!


Judging from the scarf's length, there were clearly too many days in 2012. I reached optimal scarf length somewhere around the end of August, and all knitting after that moved this from being simply an accessory, to being a potential accessory to a crime. Here it is with no wraps. And it's okay. Go ahead and laugh. I certainly did!


One wrap around my neck and it still isn't quite right.


Two wraps is perfect. Well, as perfect as something that poses a major choking hazard can be.


It's not exactly beautiful (massive understatement). It's huge (another massive understatement). It cost more to knit than anything I have ever made (you can't believe how much yarn went into this thing).  But now that the tedium of knitting it is a thing of the past, I can honestly say I am glad I finished it. When I look at the long patch of grey that was knit last spring it instantly brings back memories of all the rain we had, and how the North and South Thompson Rivers flooded. The huge patch of brilliant blue reminds me of the glorious summer we had. My favourite bit of the scarf is the single, dark, foreboding ridge of grey that represents Typhoon Sanba, experienced during my visit to South Korea last September. And the endless stretch of light grey that makes up the last part of the scarf proves I am not exaggerating when I say we have had very little sunshine this winter.

You have no idea how happy I am to be able to say this- it's a wrap (Ravelry project link)!


54 comments:

  1. I can imagine the tedium, but I agree: it was worth it to end up with this fantastic and unique reminder of the past year. And I applaud you for not hanging yourself with it instead of plodding through, LOL!

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    1. The opportunity to hang myself still exists. If i trip and fall when wearing it I'm a goner. :-)

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    2. Just gave all my knitting friends a calendar and a set of colored pencils to record the sky's color each day...we decided to make into a 'club' of sorts. Since we meet each Tuesday morning at *$'s (as we have for close to 8 yrs), we're going to keep track of the colors and the 1st Tues of each month we'll knit up the previous months' daily colors. We're looking forward to seeing what each others color perception is for a given day...hadn't thought about setting a time for observing!

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  2. I guess this means there are birthday wishes in order. Happy Birthday! Maybe you made yourself a wall hanging?

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    1. It could be a wall hanging if I owned a house with vaulted ceilings. :-)

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    2. Well the colors look beautiful on you and Fergus is as cute an accessory as I've ever seen! That last picture is adorable. Can you see yourself wearing a weather stole/wrap thingy?

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    3. I think it is going to end up as a piano runner, or I might cut it in two and sew two halves together to make a lap blanket. I agree about Fergus being a cute accessory. :-)

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  3. Well done for persevering with it. It looks lovely in the photos.

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    1. Thanks Una! It really is much better in the photos than in person. :-)

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  4. Yay!!!

    (And Happy Belated Birthday. Hope it was lovely. Nice of the province to throw you a party with a holiday and all....)

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    1. It was actually very strange to have my birthday be a holiday. I'm not sure if I liked sharing my day with everyone like that. Ha!

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  5. Holy cow that is a huge scarf. I did laugh at the picture where you said it was okay... So, I'm sorry but I have to ask (I hope since you are done with it now it's not a 'hit you while you are down' kind of question). I get the length of the thing considering the number of days in a year but why oh why did you knit it so wide? Half of your agitation (and half of the size of that beast) could have been dropped and you still would have had a fetching scarf (that's funny...I don't know that I have ever used the word fetching before). Okay, that aside...outside of the fact that it is huge, I actually like it. I like the colors together...even that long stretch of grey...and I love that you will always look back on this scarf and have some of those memories. But I also love that you are done with it...such a huge accomplishment and I bet it feels so good!

    And Happy Birthday!!!

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    1. I stated it on my 55th birthday, so decided to cast on 55 stitches. The rest is history. :-)

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  6. WOW. Just.....WOW. That's amazing. And warm, if nothing else! And an accomplishment, to boot.

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    1. Yep. WOW. That totally sums it up. :-)

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  7. Happy (probably belated) Birthday! I think that the scarf would make an excellent table runner. (That's preferable to tripping or strangling on a too-long, too-wide scarf.)

    Mary G. in Texas

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    1. Great suggestion! Or maybe I could drape it across the top of our piano. :-)

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  8. No matter how you feel about it, it's a memorable project. I love it!

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    1. I like your definition - memorable indeed!

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  9. Congratulations on the finished project!
    it looks terrific against the snow.
    Lisa R-R in Toronto

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    1. Thank you Lisa! You are kind to say it looks nice against the snow. :-)

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  10. I didn't laugh, but I may have giggled a little! The colors are gorgeous, and I guess you won't be knitting another?!

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    1. Very good guess, Sarah. I will definitely not be knitting another one of these. Never. Again. :-)

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  11. What an amazing achievement. It's beautiful. I have something of similar size and I tend to start with the middle being over my head and then wrapping round the neck. It gives me extra ear warmth.

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    1. That's actually a great idea to drape it over my head first. Thanks for that! It might make it actually usable if I do that. I don't mind the width of the scarf, it is the length that bothers me and that would deal with the problem.

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  12. Hmm, let me say that I would not have the self restrain to do something that requires so much.... commitment. You can always use it as a stole, and I love its colors. I've heard about projects like this and wondered if I could do it... maybe if it would be narrower,after all the dr Who scarf is also pretty long... not that I could knit that much garter stich.

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    1. If you have been thinking of a similar project I have a suggestion for you. Don't do it. :-)

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    2. Thanks for the advice. All that garter would hold me back, anyway :-)

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  13. Wow, it IS a tad large, isn't it? :-). But I love the idea behind it!

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    1. And you thought it was bad when you kept knitting those cuffs and tried to tell yourself they would be fine. :-)

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  14. Brilliant, love it........ the colours look great and I am REALLY impressed with your commitment!

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    1. Thanks! I think it would have been better though if I had been a little less committed and quit sometime around September. :-)

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  15. I am so happy for you that you finished this HUGE undertaking! I do love the colors, but my goodness woman.....what were you thinking when you cast on 55 stitches for a scarf? LOL

    I too am impressed with your commitment - I wish I was as determined about SOMETHING other than reading my kindle !!! I pulled needles and wool out to make a pair of baby socks and there it sits in my knitting bucket. Blah.

    Hi Fergus!

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    1. Huge would be the key word here, for sure. :-)

      I'm glad you are enjoying your new Kindle. I just got a Paperwhite for my birthday and I love it!

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  16. Happy birthday! What a wonderful way to capture the colours of the sky for a whole year! I like my projects to be short before I loose interest so I am so impressed with the work and commitment you have taken with it! Fergus looks so white against the snow!
    Sarah x

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    1. It was my one and only go at a lengthy project like this. I'm totally with you - from now on it is short projects only. Of course, my new definition of short will be anything that takes less than 12 months to complete. :-)

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  17. I love your posts, and this one really made me laugh! :)

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    1. I'm glad you got a laugh over my "slightly oversized" scarf. :-)

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  18. Love the shades of color! I'm sure you'll find a good use for it. Oh, and happy (belated) birthday!

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    1. Thanks! I wonder if there is a charity group that knits for giants. I could donate it. :-)

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  19. Well done sticking with it! That alone is amazing, forget about the massive size. To your credit the colours look great together. And they suit you well!

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    1. I'm not sure if it is such a good thing that I stuck with it. I worry it might be a sign that I am losing it! Thanks for the compliment though. :-)

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  20. You may have just started a new fashion trend, but probably not a handknit one. I think it's attractive!

    Belated Happy Birthday--and enjoy your visitor!

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    1. I am really looking forward to seeing Rebekah! When she leaves again she will only have a few months left in Korea, so it won't be so hard to say goodbye this time. :-)

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  21. I actually think it's quite pretty ... it almost looks like a Native American weaving design. I haven't read all the comments on your post so I may be repeating someone, but perhaps you could use it as a table runner (for a very long table!)

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    1. I hadn't thought about it, but you are right. It does have the look of a Native American weaving design. Somehow, that makes me feel much better about it. :-)

      The table runner is a great suggestion!

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  22. Kristie,

    What an accomplishment! I like your phrase, "a potential accessory to a crime!" I just love everything about this post. I adore the colors of your loooong scarf, and all the effort you put into it. How can I laugh at that? Oh, no, I won't laugh. But I can't help it. Ha ha ha ha ha. You hit my funny bone, and it won't stop!

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    1. Laughter is good for the soul, Keiko. :-)

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  23. A LENGTHY job for sure but what a way to remember a year's worth of sky and some of the memories it brings.
    Patricia x

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    1. It definitely holds lots of memories! :-)

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  24. Now that really is a wrap ... looks warm though, and what a great way to remember a year gone by! :D

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    1. It is extremely warm - it will have to be well below zero before I could even think about wearing it!

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  25. Congratulations. What stamina, what method, what on earth will you do with it? I like the idea of a runner or a lap blanket (after you cut it inhalf, of course.)

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    1. I think it is going to end up being the runner on top of the piano. Or maybe I will let Fergus and Jenny use it as a tug-of-war toy. :-)

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