My So-Called Scarf
This scarf is the marriage of two different yarns. It’s Knitpicks Essential in Cocoa, left over from Brian’s Diamond Waffle socks, paired with double stranded Knitpicks Gossamer. I bought this yarn in early 2006 for my mom’s Clapotis which she never ever wore. It’s a brown-orange/red-yellow varigated yarn and is seriously the most literal colorway I have ever known. It looks dated and it pools. Parts of this scarf have this zig zagging thing with the yellow going through it, not like it’s pretty or anything but at least it attempts some visual interest, and then there’s this nasty ass section where the yellow just kind of hangs to the side like a streak of mustard while the other colors pool. A double wrap around the neck hides it decently though.
The length of the scarf took a little more than one-and-a-quarter balls of Essential and a corresponding length of Gossamer and was steam blocked, which is my new favorite way to block stuff. The fringe was made up of as much Gossamer as possible, but I still have a few grams left over. This yarn will never die. The fringe was essential in that it took the dated look of the yarn one step further to a good place, sort of earthy and 70’s vintage, and in the end I really love this scarf. It’s soft and the right length and it’s just a totally different accessory with the fringe. I’ve gifted it to my best friend Natalie for her birthday. Natalie and I went to high school together and we hated each other freshman year even though we’d never spoken. Love her!!
Each fringe knot was hand-hooked with a crochet hook while listening to my new crush, This American Life. It was meditative. Trimming the fringe was a lot like trimming my bangs and in the end I decided to leave it choppy and uneven, which is also what happens when I try to manage my bangs as well.