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Small, Addicting Scarf

Dear Kay,
Making that Grey Garments video meant that my entire stash was scraped out of the recesses of my house and into that spare bedroom, which was a good thing and a bad thing. The bad thing was that it was like stirring those ancient seed pods that can lay fallow for 6,000 years but still germinate when exposed to air anew. I now have a serious crop of suddenly sprouted yarn. I have so much knitting to do now. Maybe that’s the good thing?
Speaking of Good Things, amid the wreckage, I found a nest of old Martha Stewart Living magazines. Flipping through an issue and regretting my inability to roast giant pieces of meat, I discovered a knitting pattern.
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It may look familiar to you, but I’d never seen this before.
Here is the pattern, a little scarfie that makes quick use of a lush skein you bought in some weak moment. I seem to have a lot of lush skeins right now.
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The yellow yarn is Lynne Vogel Ltd. handspun, and the purple is Hand Maiden Great Big Sea (50% Silk, 30% Wool, 20% Seacell) in Stardust, maybe my favorite colorway of all time. There: I said it! This yarn is super impractical, and that’s why it makes such a great scarf.
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The only excitement here is when you divide stitches onto two needles to make a little pocket of k1 p1 ribbing–work one side, then the other–then reunite the stitches and you’ve made a loop.
I love this thing. I can’t recommend it highly enough. You finish one and want to make another one. Ay yi yi!
Love,
Ann
PS A big thank you to everyone who thought we looked worse in Grey Garments than we usually do. That means a lot to us.
PSS Hi to blogless Michelle, who said hello at the Art Institute of Chicago coat check line on Saturday!
PSS While in Chicago for an overnight visit with Hubbo’s sibs, we saw this fella at the Cloud Gate.
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Later, we saw him at the Art Institute.
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Don’t know if he made it past security. Probably wanted to see Monet’s . . . HAYSTACKS or something.

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  1. OMG!!! This is the scarf my grandmother made for us when we were kids! I loved that little thing, and for kids with heavy mittens, it was easy to adjust (no tying, no dragging ends). I’m going to the stash tonight to see what I can find…maybe a nice, plush chenille would be just right.

  2. I love the straw guy. That’s totally fantastic.
    I wonder if I could knit an outfit that looked like straw?
    Anyway, thank goodness for ole Marty. She’s a lifesaver sometimes, lemme tell ya.

  3. My Olympic project is a mink stole (yarn is http://www.greatnorthernyarns.com/servlet/the-Color-Card/Categories
    )
    and I’m using Carol’s Clever Little Shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carols-clever-little-shawl
    It’s just like your scarf, only bigger, wider, with a minimal pointy lace edge. Very easy, and quick and fun, too!

  4. That is a very neat little scarf!
    As for the Handmaiden Great Big Sea being fabulous yarn, I suppose it’s only fitting, since Great Big Sea is one of the most awesome bands ever. =)

  5. I just made one of those little scarfies for my daughter, after seeing one for sale in Anthropologie. A truly classic design.

  6. I would love to see his ID photo.
    What issue of Martha? I still have a HUGE stack of her magazines I keep meaning to toss out.

  7. Anybody besides me notice this is Another Garter Stitch Project? Anybody?

  8. But, but, but… What if I have NO lush yarns? Am I permitted to buy one? Please? That little scarflet would come in mighty handy…

  9. I have this scarf, knitted in alpaca. It’s my favorite, keeps the icy cold wind from going down my neck.

  10. I’ve seen dozens of variations on that pattern. It is such a quick fix for when you want to knit something special and use the best materials you can.

  11. Is it just me or does that look just like this one:http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bow-knot-scarf over on Ravelry. Martha Stewart’s site doesn’t give any credit to a designer, that I can see.
    I made a slightly smaller version of that for my daughter to use up a skein of Lion Brand Thick and Quick she bought for me at a garage sale for 10 cents!

  12. Wow, Mr Straw and Bamboo is it looks pretty cool wandering through the museum. Hope you had fun in the Windy City.

  13. Yet another knitting pattern that I love on a human, but flat on a surface for photographing… looks weird to me. Or am I the weird one?

  14. What does Straw Dude have in his hand at the Cloud Gate? It looks slightly sharp and dangerous.

  15. You know, I ALWAYS see someone interesting or obscure or down-right weird at Cloud Gate. The reflection must bring out the . . . odd. :-)

  16. I want to know about the straw man. Did he wander away from the Wizard of Oz? Is it performance art? A comment on the dire situation facing farmers somewhere? Genetic anomaly?
    What is he?

  17. I love those little scarfies! That pattern was Next in my line-up of winter projects last month, but then I slid down the Baktus slope, and I think another one of those is now Next.
    “This yarn is super impractical, and that’s why it makes such a great scarf.” Hmmm. My scarves take kind of a beating and frequent washing, so I probably need “super practical.” Unless by “impractical” you mean “wicked pricey” and therefore great for one-skein projects? More yarn research in my immediate future, I can see that plainly. :)

  18. he’s just looking for the yellow brick road

  19. Ha! just what I needed, more trouuuuuuble….now I have yet another project awaiting my eager sticks.Thank you. I think..

  20. I love that pattern – found it in a very old Workbasket – only done in stockinette and tiny yarn, which made it look very elegant.

  21. A friend’s mother knit one of those little scarves for my daughter when my daughter was a year old. We used to put it on her little bald head to cover her ears, with the “ties” in front. Ridiculously cute. Can’t recommend that look for an adult, though.

  22. That scarf is an oldie-but-goodie, like so many of us! The version I knit years ago used the double knitting technique for the “knot hole.” An excellent way to try out double knitting.

  23. Ha! My mom made me a scarf like that when I was a kid. I, uh, hated it.
    Yours, however, look lovely!

  24. Looks like Mr. Straw took a wrong turn on his way to Black Rock Desert. Maybe he’s trying to find a match.

  25. ba-dump-bump psshhhh!
    (that’s the rimshot for your Monet joke there :) )

  26. Did you ever see that perfectly horrible movie from some time in the 70s: “The Wicker Man.” Straw guy puts me in mind of that. Or maybe a tall gerbil.
    Nifty little scarf, too.

  27. Lord, Ann, that’s a scarf my aunt taught me years ago when I first started knitting. I love that it’s making the way around again because I loved it then and it’s cute as a button. It’s a great project for a present or for those who are staring out and tired of straight scarves.
    BTW I’ve been thinking about that three sock book. Given the way socks are constantly going missing at our house, I think that’s your next best seller.

  28. I just made three of these things over christmas!! Love the knitted ascot scarf :)

  29. I must have made a dozen of these back when, from the pattern that is now on Ravelry. Just realized I don’t have even one left! Where did they go? Must go cast on…

  30. And, about that Old Spice ad, there’s a “making of” on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDk9jjdiXJQ&NR=1
    Holeeey cow!

  31. De lurking to tell you about the Whittlesea Straw Bear festival which happens on Plough Monday in Whittlesea, Cambridgeshire…
    http://www.joebridge.co.uk/tourism/whittlesea/
    (scroll down for pictures, the Straw Bear’s own website is down…)
    I think Hay Dude is possibly a distant relative?! ;o)
    P.S …Also, while I’m here and fully delurked – my friend Janey was very happy to hear that her Liberty Jack quilt had inspired a Stars and Stripes version :)

  32. Way back when, I made up a pattern for a neckwarmer that looks exactly like this! I am glad you like it. Even the men will wear these–red ones for deer hunting, white ones for goose hunting. They stay in place so a person does not have to keep re-tying them and they don’t come loose like most scarves.

  33. My aunt, who lived in Astoria NY, knit I don’t know how many of those little scarves for the church bazaars. And she gave me the pattern as well…25 years ago. I need to find it and use up some lovely yarn. Thanks reminding us.

  34. Totally OT – but is there any way we could get an update on how the DVD is doing on its trip around the world?

  35. The first time I saw that pattern was in the OLD (1940’s) Red Heart learn how book that included knitting, crochet, tatting and embroidery! I learned knitting making one. Wonder what ever happened to it?

  36. I’m pretty sure that the “straw guy” is Nick Cave. He is an artist who teachs at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. His work is amazing and some of it can be viewed on youtube.

  37. Straw Man, apart from embodying a logical fallacy, looks like a character in a webcomic I used to follow. Thus ends my declaration of nerdery.
    However, I am totally making one of those scarves soon. One, or two. Or maybe eight. They’re super-cute.

  38. Here’s the scarfie at Ravelry:
    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-neck-scarf
    I searched on Martha Stewart and it popped right up. Thanks for the heads-up. It’s possible that I might have a few lonely skeins hanging around. . .

  39. Hi! This is blogless Michelle from the Art Institute. I am sorry I did not spend more time talking to you. I was totally star struck. I really wanted to say that I had your book and read your blog and laughed really hard at your you-tube video, made several dish clothes, and go on and on and on… Well I guess the next time I see you around :) I hope you enjoyed Chicago. My inability to come up with interesting things to say when I see famous people is a disease. I got the chance to meet Terri Gross from Fresh Air (NPR) and just said nuh, nuh, nice to meet you. Well, it was so cool running into you and it made my day.

  40. Straw Man reminds me of an outdoor art installation at my college in 1992 called Flatlanders. It was a group of life-sized sod people wearing sunglasses. There were a number of vandalism incidents with them getting knocked over, so some students started a kind of neighborhood watch group to guard them at night.