I’m no stranger to obnoxiously-long scarves

Well, there you have it: ask, and you shall receive. After reading all your suggestions, checking scarf lengths in some patterns and online stores, and remembering that there’s still fringe to be added (dad likes fringe, go figure!), I decided to aim for a length along the lines of 62″.

My primary reason for going with a somewhat shorter length is remembering that gravity is not a scarf’s best friend: what is 62″ today will be 70″ in March. Trust me. Second, although I wasn’t 100% sure, I reasoned that perhaps the yarn would bloom a little after a nice soak in the tub.

I know you’re shocked that I didn’t wash my swatch. Shocked! Just wait… I tell you this in a hushed voice… gulp… I didn’t even swatch. Oooooooooh nooooooo! The universe has just crashed on itself.


I’m still here. How about you?

Anyway, I bound off at precisely 62″, let the scarf soak while I ate breakfast, spread it out, and, lo and behold, 62″ long and 7″ wide –> 70″ long and 8″ wide. No worries – been there, done that. As soon as the scarf is dry and “settled in,” I’ll unpick the bind off and take away about 8″. I’m glad I didn’t attach the fringe before blocking!

Oh, and about the title of the post? Remember my Backyard Leaves scarves?

For some reason I was absolutely determined to use every bit of the yarn when I knit those (4 skeins of elann’s Peruvian Collection 100% alpaca each). As a result, each scarf was 90″ when I finished. And now? 100″.

Good grief! That’s almost the length of a football field!

For some time I’ve been thinking about undoing the ends and shortening the rose-colored one (the raspberry one was gifted) to, oh, 60″. But then I remember… right! I’m allergic to alpaca!

I knit that scarf very early on in my knitting career, and didn’t realize that the constant itchiness, redness, and flaking of the skin on my fingertips was out of the ordinary. When it happened again with other alpaca yarns, I learned to stay away.

Do I dare make it interesting? I’m sure many of you would like to have this scarf (and do to it as you please – shorten, felt, whatever).

Contest! Contest! Contest!

Leave a link to an amusing, interesting, intriguing, etc. knitting-related photo on your blog, or e-mail it to me. Be as specific as you can – a link to the photo itself or the blog entry permalink would be perfect! (in other words, I’m not going to be searching through your archives for the second entry you made on July 16, 2005).

I’ll consider all the submissions received by Sunday, November 5th, 9 p.m. EST and pick my favorite. You will receive the rose Backyard Leaves scarf. If you don’t want the scarf, please note that in your comment/e-mail (but unfortunately you won’t receive a different prize).

I see it as a way to visit new blogs, get to know more of my readers!


104 thoughts on “I’m no stranger to obnoxiously-long scarves

  1. Ashley

    Alpaca give me the sneezies these days, so no scarf for me. But, for your amusement, an object lesson on the consequences of failing to check gauge can be seen here.

  2. desiknitter

    Do you think the same will apply to a sweater made with peruvian alpaca? I’m knitting a saddle shoulder turtleneck right now in allover cartridge rib and certainly don’t want it to become too long! Will a tighter gauge-than-normal help? Help!

    Lovely scarves, btw. I wish I had a funny photo on my blog!

  3. BlackRayne

    It’s pre-knitting blog and my livejournal is friends-only, so it’s on a knitting community instead, and it’s more than one photo, but… bunny!

    There. Cuteness shared.

    But I don’t want the scarf. I am not a scarf person, and if I were it’s totally not my color. Or style. Now if it were black cables, I’d be all over it, even if I would probably never wear it.

    Mmmmmmm… black cables.

  4. alice

    There’s one photo here, of the intermediate stage in the knitting of a t-shirt, the removal of the waist band in order to knit a more appropriately sized one.

  5. Clare Who Lurks

    Ummm, Kathy? a football field is 100 yards long, not 100 inches…(although after knitting 100 inches, it feels like 100 yards!)

  6. Jennifer

    I have a time-lapse knitting picture here.

    Thanks for this post, I have been ignoring my blog lately, and this gave me a push to update. As a fellow graduate student, I am always in awe of how much you are able to knit and blog, as well as work very hard in lab (ok, that last part is inferred, but it is not hard to gather from your blog that you are a hard worker!).

  7. Reagan Costen

    How about a video!

    I was cat-sitting for my sister and discovered that she likes alpaca and llama handspun yarns. She would dig through my stash and each time her selection showed her good taste.

  8. Leanne

    Well, the picture I have to offer may not be cute or funny, but I think it is interesting.

    On a recent trip to Mozambique I was in a very poor, remote community and for the first time ever in my travels to Africa, I saw a woman knitting (in public, no less. During a presentation – my kind of woman!) It turns out that she learned to many years ago from a missionary, and since she can’t buy yarn, she recycles old sweaters to get yarn to make things for her babies.

    Story and photos here

    I love the scarf, and alpaca, and would give it a good home 🙂

  9. Jackie

    Rabbit teeth make great scissors; and apparently, yarn is quite tasty! The first, and featured, event—bunny poses with clapotis. And the second, for more laughs (the culprit waits at the bottom).

  10. Alyson

    Are you kidding? I do nothing BUT take ridiculous pictures of me with knitting! Can we enter more than one?

    My favorites are this series of me knitting the largest sock known to man…which I eventually figured out could double as a hat:


    (Scroll down to the “Poorly Knit Elephantine Sock of 2006” section.)

    And this one, a dramatization what my dog saw when I realized that he’d found my WIP basket.


    (That one’s also my Myspace profile photo.)

  11. Carolyn

    HA! As much as I want that gorgeous scarf (the one I knit was also a gift of the same yarn.) I too had discovered an allergy to alpaca! I don’t flake, I itch and my nose constantly runs…

  12. maryse

    i would love the scarf but i can’t possibly compete with any of the photos you’ve already received. so i’m just going to cheer from the sidelines.

  13. Bertha

    I’ve only been knitting for a year and I am not especially gifted in the art of humorous or intriguing knitting photography, so I’ll just link to my favorite picture on my blog:


    The last picture in this post is my favorite! I didn’t knit these, I received them from my Sockapaloooza partner (http://oddballyarns.blogspot.com/), but they are the first handknit socks I’d ever worn. I had just received those shoes the day before and was delighted to discover how perfect they are for showcasing handknit socks, since they’re slightly big and roomy and have that open foot area…anyway, I almost made that picture my blog header since I love the cheerful orange socks and the green grass, but I felt weird about it since I didn’t actually knit those socks…

  14. Emily

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one! I found out with my very first project that I’m allergic to alpaca, and it makes me sad because it’s so soft and pretty. Do you have trouble with llama? I know they’re different animals but they’re related, right? Lucy at Mind’s Eye has promised to save me some ends if she does another swatch of the Cascade llama blend, so I can make a bracelet to see if it bothers me.

  15. Gryphon

    I hunted my blog for the sophisticated, for the clever, for the astonishing, even for the grotesque, but somewhat to my embarassment have settled at last on what I was determined to avoid: the cute.

    My dog meeting my angora rabbit for the first time:


    from this post: http://sanguinegryphon.blogspot.com/2006/07/un-rabbit.html

    Sorry, I couldn’t help it. But I really want your scarf.

  16. beth

    Here is a pic and entry of my foot knitting a sock while watching a VH1 special tribute to Def Leppard. I think it is funnier than is sounds! LOL

  17. Designer Knits

    Your scarf caught my attention even before you offered it up to the masses. So here it goes. HERE is my favorite part of sock knitting, and the reason I keep making more of them. If I could knit only THIS part, I would be a happy woman.

  18. Ingrid

    okay so I heard you like cuteness…here is my resident model



    and then to prove I am totally obsessed with knitting note what is in the background of this all important photo


    Finally I love this picture on pretty kitty knitty city’s blog so I nominate her…


  19. StarsongKY

    I’d have to go with FrankenSock. My sock turned out too long in the foot, so I snipped & unravelled several rows just before the toe-up gusset and grafted it back together. On the right I started the 2nd sock with what I’d frogged from the first one.

  20. Catherine

    Hello! Longtime listener, first-time caller here. I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring for your lovely scarf.

    Out of all of my knitting posts, I offer up this pair. (They are related – does that count?)

    FYI, the posts have nothing to do with anything I have knitted, but I find them most intriguing:



  21. Carrie

    It was so hard for me to decide on one photo to enter since I love photography and I like to think I have many fun photos on my blog but I chose this one simply because it represents me and my knitting friends the best. A group of us meet to knit once per month and we call ourselves the “Moto-Knitters” since we all ride motorcycles as well. This particular photo chronicles one of our get togethers. I made it using a photo I took and an online mosaic maker.

    Well, here’s another one, I couldn’t resist…


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