Every once in a while a young member of my household requisitions an item from their personal knitter. I had been dragging my feet for a few weeks on the request for an “infinity scarf.” I relented when I realized that I was resisting only because I didn’t like the name “infinity scarf.” It gave me “mood ring” flashbacks. I worried that in the 2 days it would take to knit the thing, it would go out of style again for 50 years, and there I’d be, googling “infinity scarf makeover.”
Here’s how it went, the tale of one among the infinite number of infinity scarves on the necks of the young and the beautiful in the endless Winter of 2011.
1. Thursday, February 3. 6:30 p.m. Go to yarn store. Stare at colors of Malabrigo merino worsted for a very long time. Discuss colors with shop owner for a further period of time. Settle on a unique and special color (Vetiver 607).
2. Thursday, February 3. 9 p.m. Arrive home with Malabrigo. Realize that have once again chosen the color of my bedroom carpet.
3. Thursday, February 3, 11 p.m. Cast on the Gap-tastic Cowl, holding the yarn double, on US 11 circular needle. Notice that one of the needles has come unglued and keeps slipping out of the metal join. Decide can deal with this with careful handling of (i.e., death-like grip on) this needle. Knit for 2 hours in front of DVR’d episodes of EastEnders et cetera. Lose track of how many times the needle slips out of the join and frees up a few stitches.
4. Friday, February 4. Photograph previous night’s progress. Note that unique and special color also matches the chair and that, come to think of it, pretty much all of my knitting matches that chair.
5. Friday, February 4. Knit for 1 hour while watching school basketball game in which our team scored a total of 8 points. Pause frequently to feel gratitude to have knitting with me at such a time, and also to pick up the stitches that are let loose every time the needle slips out of the join.
6. Saturday, February 5. Knit for an hour or so more, ask recipient how wide she feels “infinity” should be, approximately; discover that scarf is already wide enough for infinity. Bind off circa 5 p.m., while helping a friend remember how to knit and cast on her first sweater.
7. Sunday, February 6. Purchase super glue to repair $%^&* circular needle.
Since Saturday evening, the scarf has seldom left the daughterly neck, outdoors or in. This is very satisfying indeed, for such a minor and pleasant diversion from the Other Knitting. About 6 hours, all told, including picking up loose stitches. Enough yarn left over to make another one, so that I can match the carpet, too. To infinity, and beyond!