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  • I’ll be expecting to see “The Van” or maybe “The Amy” at XMAS. See you and the fambly soon. VG

  • That is some serious scarf action, girl. Only one true scarf heading out the door this Christmas to my list; I’m more in the cowl camp this year. (Love that cowl in the Tracy Ullman book, it gets a bonus prize for being FAST!) And hats. Hats are far more dangerous of a gift than scarves; not sure what’s I’m thinking there.
    And yes, of course you need to get going on that Knitty scarf. It is destiny! Have you started already since your post?

  • Just when I swear I’m done with scarves, you come along and get all cheerleaderish about them in true Mason Dixon fashion and now I have to go dig through the stash and see what I can scarf up before Christmas. Thanks a lot, Kay. Really. Thanks.

  • Wow. That’s a lot of scarves. I thought I was doing well, but you ….. you have me beat by a country mile.
    Re: the Manly Scarf …. did you alternate the yarn every few rows or so, or did you knit with both yarns at once?

  • I’d never heard of The Red scarf Project, what an awesome charity!! I just finished reading The Child Called “It” and The Lost Boy both by david Pelzer. It was just so nice hearing about people encouraging these kids after learning about the hardships they go through when I read the books. If you haven’t read them you should. They would super-inspire you for th Red Scarf Project!!

  • Hi Ruth, for the Manly Scarf I did 2-row stripes, alternating the Noro with the Brown Sheep. xox Kay

  • Your scarf tales were very timely as I am just finishing a feather and fan scarf for my mom on KnitPicks Panache (lovely blend of cashmere, silk and merino). I was pondering what pattern to knit for my dad’s scarf, and then your Manly Scarf jumped out at me. I have Panache in a dark blue for him (they like really soft stuff!) and it should look lovely. Plus, the pattern sounds fast! Thanks – I have much to knit and not enough time.

  • Kay, thank you for this moment of beautiful sanity. I’m in Arizona with a Mom and brother both in the hospital and while waiting for news updates to decide which hospital to go to first I decided to visit your site. It lowered the blood pressure just to look at it. What great ideas…. now where’s the nearest knit shop so I can knit up a couple of these babies.

  • I’ve been working on scarves all weekend, too – and thanks for the My So Called Scarf reminder, that one’s going on the list for the Red Scarf Project.

  • Thanks for posting the information about the scarves. I cannot stop looking at the “Jo-Ann” it is so beautiful.

  • ah kay….you are wrapping everyone up in LOVE!

  • Oooo…I’ve been wanting to do the Midwest Moonlight, and I’m dying for some of that Sea Silk! Can you make it with one skein? If it’s only one skein, I can justify just about any yarn purchase…(to the hubby; me, I don’t care!)

  • I love, love, love that Betty! Thanks for providing the link to “My So Called Scarf” — going to have to make a trip to the LYS and find something good to knit up in this pattern.

  • I’m doing the midwest moonlight too! Its a cool pattern, but I ran out of the yarn I was doing it in and now , well , I guess you could call it an eclipse.

  • Oh, Kay…love those scarves (and love that Betty…for one brief shining moment my office was across the hall from her science room and to this day in times of trouble I find myself asking “What Would Betty Do?). Sigh, and here I am trying to convince DD to re-gift her Form III advisor with fruitcake.

  • Those are all just wonderful. Lucky recipients!

  • Wow, Ann was right. You must have some evil secret to achieve such KWANTITY. Those teachers are very lucky to be the recipient of such nice neckware.

  • I’m going to agree with Cindra. This post really brightened me. I’ve only ever knit one scarf in my life and it was pretty boring and ended up in Cowboys colors, which I despise, but it was a knitted scarf.
    All of these scarves and the love knit into them almost make me want to knit one too. Yes I’m a sentimental fool these days – what of it?

  • I heart them all. My problem is that usually, when I knit something as cool as the Joanne, even if it started out for someone else, ends up being for me–is that evil at xmas time??? I did knit a kid silk haze one last year for my grandmother-in-law, but didn’t love the dental floss quality of it alone, perhaps in a mix….happy holidays!!!

  • It IS the moon. I was scarfed out for a while after doing a lot and then it just hit me again, looking up scarf patterns, looking through my stitch dictionaries and starting multiple scarves. So now I know I’m not the only one. Thank goodness!

  • what a great post! I just finished a so-called scarf in an unkown Rown colorway and am working on another one. All with lefotovers. Something soooo satisfying about getting them out of your life and especially turned into something beautiful. Your scarves are lovely and as always, thanks for the chuckles….

  • I love your definition of a ‘free’ yarn. I wonder if the(my)husband will buy the logic? The Jo-Ann is beautiful and girly.

  • The Buckwheat Bridge yarn is gorgeous! But I wonder why a company in New York has 8 variegated yarns (Comfort through Uvalde) named after Texas towns?

  • The Buckwheat Bridge yarn is gorgeous! But I wonder why a company in New York has 8 variegated yarns (Comfort through Uvalde) named after Texas towns?

  • I cannot believe it! that was the title of my latest blog entry! great minds and all that – just sayin’ …
    happy hols,

  • Oh, my. Squares in a scarf.
    I have been dreaming of Argosy for several days now. It is so lovely to just sit and ponder the possibilities.
    Dishcloth cotton has enthralled me through three baby bibs, two burp cloths, and a baby kimono. And endless warshrags. Discloth #14 (it’s a log cabin this time) is on the needles. I’m giving away dishcloths in lieu of holiday cookies.
    So I must thank you for wearing your scarf-knitting heart on your sleeve. It’s time for me to give the endless cone of Peaches & Creme a rest.

  • My friend Andrew (yes, gay) has been known to say to me: “Norma, you are such a MAN.” I ask you, does it make me inordinately manly that I am in love with the scarf known as The Eric? I know I should be partial to a Jo-Ann or a Carol — and don’t get me wrong — I wouldn’t throw either of them out of bed ….. Wait. What was I talking about?
    I love you!!! And I can see from the comments that at least ONE person didn’t know about the Red Scarf Project and you brought it to her attention. So I love you even more. Thanks! XOXO

  • Beautiful scarves, and I enjoyed the commentary about each. Someone at Buckwheat Bridge must be a native Texan, with so many of the colorways named after Texas towns, or else they seriously wish they were in Texas!
    Personally, I never understood why so many people were always knitting scarves, albeit beautiful ones. I just didn’t see the attraction. However, I spent several seriously cold and windy days in Kansas City last month. With the wind whipping around the downtown buildings, I wanted to grab a scarf off of one of the natives and wrap it around my bare, freezing neck! (Umm…I just finished knitting my first scarf. )

  • Hey! That’s not MY brown heather Brown Sheep your talking about now is it?

  • So, you are chatting with someone, a knitter, whom you have just met and who doesn’t know you from Adam or Eve or anybody, and s/he asks what you have on the needles right now and you say a scarf for your son’s teacher and s/he asks about the colors and you say brown with green and purple stripes.
    And s/he backs away slowly.
    But we all know the truth. The Eric is Manly and Gorgeous.

  • Next year, do you think you could put all these scarf pictures and patterns about a month or two earlier? I am supposed to be wrapping up presents/writing cards, not turning out stash in the attic.
    Incidentally, I see a comment from one Joan Hamer. Hi Joan, you don’t know me, but in our knitting group in London someone produced your pattern for wristers, I have done nine pairs, and I should think the group as a whole has done around fifty – we are all very grateful to you for this pattern! Several variations too, frilly cuffs, stripes, beads, cables, you would be amazed……

  • Ah. Evidently you purchase turbo-charged needles to turn out this much work so fast. What kind of batteries do those take, anyway? — LOL, the scarves are BEAUTIFUL, Kay! (And here I am plodding along, just finishing my second scarf last night.)

  • Yesterday I commented that I was going to make the Eric for my dad, so I cast on last night. After about 20 rows, I thought hey…these straight lines would be perfect for a cable crossing. I happened to have 6 slip stitch ridges, so I gradually narrowed them in pairs, crossed them over, and got them back to where they started…three lovely Xs from 6 crossing lines. My new plan is to knit until I’m about 20 rows from the end and then reverse the pattern. It adds just a touch more detail since my yarn is a solid color, not your interesting combination!

  • I’m coming out of lurkdom to say that all your scarves are amazing (while I’m at it I might as well fess up that I am a huge fan of your blog/book, too)!! I am also wondering if you made midwest moonlight (without modifications) with one skein of sea silk…my Christmas knitting may have to be put on hold…

  • Kay, you have inspired me! Most gifts are finished for this year (except a pair of socks for my dad). But… *I* need a present! I have had my eye on a skein of Lion and Lamb at my LYS… I’m going to buy it, and dig into Barbara Walked for a pretty pattern.
    BTW, my Red Scarf is on the needles — a hearty Cascade 220 number with a sort of nubbly stitch I made up…

  • This means there will be a cold neck shortage this year! Wow…

  • Not sure if it’s a coincidence – but Buckwheat Bridge yarns are mostly named after small towns in central Texas –

  • I love the look of the stitch in My So-Called Scarf, but I just don’t get how to do it based on the directions. Any chance you could be coaxed into showing some pictures of the stitches in progress?

  • I love the look of the stitch in My So-Called Scarf, but I just don’t get how to do it based on the directions. Any chance you could be coaxed into showing some pictures of the stitches in progress?

  • I just started an “Eric” using a hand dyed DK alpaca and a solid ‘brown heather” alpaca. This is so lush yet manly. Thanks for the inspiration.