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  • Ahhhhh, I get it now. Thank you!

  • I’m closer to understanding the concept of the scarf…

  • Yep, now I get it, too. I want to show your photo of the FO scarf to #2 son — it seems like the kind of thing he might like.

  • Isn’t it “voila!”? Not to be confused with “viola,” which is that bigger violin alto instrument…

  • Note to Judy et al: I was tripped up by the “wala” thing once before. I think it’s like, an inner circle thing, or a where you grew up thing, thing. Cause it’s def. “voila” but *not*. Like maybe it’s “freedom fries ‘voila'” only I think it also way predates freedom fries, and goes all the way back to, like, mideast oil crisis of ’77 or whenever.
    ANYHOO. Excuse the comment-as-post; what I meant to say was I am a little befuddled by Kay’s TV schedule. Aren’t Friday nights for public affairs (you start off well with NewsHour) and Saturdays for Britcoms? Or am I just completely brainwashed by my own station? It makes me really happy to see Lehrer in the same post as Stewart and Colbert, though, so I’ll let you keep your Big TV Night and I’ll keep mine.

  • Great project name, Flipping Brilliant use of EZ’s clever unvention….and fine use of a beautiful Noro colorway !
    : )

  • I LOVE As Time Goes By! My favorite show. Yay tv!

  • Have you watched Rachel Maddow’s show yet? I might like this one even better than Stewart’s, Colbert’s, and Lehrer’s shows.

  • The scarf (by any name) is looking good! Can’t wait to see the crashing and such!
    p.s.
    I think the boldest thing I’ve ever done knitting-wise is to make an EZ Phony Seam after reading about it in – which book? the almanac, maybe? – anyway, it was pretty thrilling to drop that stitch down, down, down, gulp, down to the cast-on. But the payoff was big. I love the Phony Seam. And I love that EZ called it a “phony seam.” Makes me smile. just like this blog.

  • The name makes me scream!!!! It’s going to be so beautiful in the Silkgarden!

  • Very clever. I’ve used the phoney seam on sweaters but never thought of making a scarf with it. The only thing that scares me off is all that sewing up. However the beauty of it might just make me want to do that. Knit on.

  • “wala” = joke.
    Joseph is, of course, quite right. How will you ever learn anything unless you pay complete attention ? … :0)
    I love the whole scarf concept and execution. A knitter who thinks outside the box. I have a feeling EZ would have approved !
    It’s amazing how much knitting van be done in ‘dead’ time. As lonf as one remembers to stuff knitting in one’s bag as one dashes out of the door.
    x

  • That would be “long”. I obviously can’t type as fast as I think. Apologies.

  • Wow, another EE fan! (and i could recite ATGB dialogue chapter and verse)
    can’t wait to see last night’s eps (taped)

  • Wow, another EE fan! (and i could recite ATGB dialogue chapter and verse)
    can’t wait to see last night’s eps (taped)

  • Thanks. The rheostat in my brain is lighting up now…

  • The questions begs to be asked…But *why* does Joseph forbid knitting while he is doing homework?

  • I love the Phony Seam. I must make one now!

  • Kay, ever been to Wala-Wala Washington??…
    Seriously, now, I see the parts that I misunderstood about the scarf (which is looking very good). Thanks.
    About your knot nitting awl the thyme–you’ve still got to be pretty fast. Have you ever clocked your number of stitches per minute? I think (not sure)EZ’s was something like/on/near 200/minute.
    I don’t knit ‘all the time’ now, either. I joined a fiber group recently, two towns up. We’re working on a quilt for the local historical society. I (re)learned really fast how to applique. Is this a parallel universe, or what?
    LoveDiane

  • Love the idea of ‘crashing stripes’ and the phony seam is ingenious.
    No reading during homework, eh? I can accept that for Maths but knitting is the only thing that keeps from screaming out loud whilst being read the adventures of Biff, Chip, Kipper et al……

  • Aha. I get it now. Thanks.

  • Aha. I get it now. Thanks.

  • Thanks, now I am so much less confused (about the scarf anyway!!). Looks great. If things keep going the way they are at Citi, I may be able to knit during those 8 hours normal people work, who knows.

  • I was trying to picture Hyancinth knitting……..
    Love that show, and As Time Goes By. Very clever scarf – will have to add it to the queu.

  • Very clever…
    Question: are there photos of three different scarves in this post?

  • I phind phoney (cph. EZ KWT) seaming phun. Does that make me a phreak?

  • I still don’t get it … but look forward to seeing the finished project from many angles.

  • thanks for the clarification … I love watching this progress, and I hunger to knit one for myself! (of course for myself — who else could appreciate a phony seam so fabulous?) It’s also a reason to jump into the Noro silk garden pool!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Hi Kay,
    Your scarf construction is the same way that I made my mitered square scarf. I sewed together two long strips of miters and then folded the whole thing along the side seam so that the center of the miter would show. I too worried about my tube of knitting not lying flat. My solution – buttons – mitered square buttons – in the center of each miter. Nothing is better than a bunch of miters except more miters. http:[email protected]/542359831/in/photostream/

  • I am with you 100% on the knitting during all those times that I’m waiting. Or watching. Or trying to relax. I have given my husband strict instructions for a “Please knit” sign at my funeral. When my mom was in the hospital getting a defib. implanted, my brother asked, “How can you knit at a time like this?” To which I retorted, “How can you not??” It has been a Godsend for me, but I would have to insist on a reprieve, especially during December, on the no knitting while homeworking. I consider all the things I have made in “found” time to be extra special, as I’m sure your scarf will be.

  • I am with you 100% on the knitting during all those times that I’m waiting. Or watching. Or trying to relax. I have given my husband strict instructions for a “Please knit” sign at my funeral. When my mom was in the hospital getting a defib. implanted, my brother asked, “How can you knit at a time like this?” To which I retorted, “How can you not??” It has been a Godsend for me, but I would have to insist on a reprieve, especially during December, on the no knitting while homeworking. I consider all the things I have made in “found” time to be extra special, as I’m sure your scarf will be.

  • i have been watching the telly
    from england -and do we have
    a pattern for our american chickens
    lovely scarf- if i knit in in public
    lady you can hurt someone with those
    needles-our banks would like us
    to keep them home-or it keeps the wife
    busy while i play golf -guess ill buy
    some while i am in the store etc

  • I had to check out Francie’s mitred scarf because I could NOT figure it out from the description.
    Wowza!
    Fantastic, right down to the jolly i-cord fringe!

  • Beautiful scarf, although I’ve never seen a “foxy” Bob Cratchit before. Or is it a foxy scarf FOR Bob Crachit?

  • That is just too clever. I love it.

  • Whenever I think to myself “How does she do it?!” about someone, I really want to know the nitty-gritty answer. Thank you Kay, for giving us the details! That’s inspiration I can use. And now I’m going to tinker with my life so that it serves up more “yes!” responses to The Question “can i be knitting while does this?” Many, many thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS: pulled out Outside the Lines again yesterday and wish to report am still finding new pleasures there. Oh! Such a good book…

  • Gah, one phony seam per piece or two phony seams per piece?
    Knit on!

  • I started knitting “this scarf” as well, but what I decided was that I just love brown, and I have a lot of Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran in brown (deep chocolate brown, looks black in certain light) and just started knitting in stockinette. I did the lovely rib at the beginning of course.
    I held it up and realized that, indeed, it will need blocking because of the curling issue.
    Of course, I totally missed the crashing stripes thing. I thought it was folded or something.
    The scarf you are doing, Kay, sounds so much neater than mine, however, I do not knit quickly. I may start that one in January for next Christmas. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for the clarification of the scarf idea and the fake seem instructions. Can’t wait to see yours finished.

  • I don’t manage quite as much knitting time as you do, but it is pretty similar. On the train to work, knit. Over my lunch break, knit. In between important dinner-making activities, knit. While unimportant TV is on, knit… etc. I can easily get about 4-6 hours in small chunks that way, given my commute is almost an hour each way!

  • I have to agree with you that the answer to the question “Could I be knitting during this?” is normally yes. I for instance knit during class. I am sure that every one thinks I’m a bit strange but how else an I supposed to stay awake? And doing stockinette or garder actually helps be concentrate because then I’m not constantly thinking about how bored I am.

  • Dear Kay,
    Your comment about “a cylinder of stockinette stitch tends to twist” has got me thinking about a sweater I knit for myself in linen. The front and back were knit back and forth as separate pieces, and seamed up the sides, but it twists when I wear it! (From the top down, it swirls to the right, from my perspective.) Drives me crazy. Any ideas why (since it wasn’t knit in the round)?
    Thanks,
    June

  • Ok, I still don’t get it….You mean pick up one ladder, then two ladders together, then one, then two? And if that is so, then isn’t there an easier way to accomplish that, like doing the jog-less jog pick up every other row? or something…
    Anyway, I have been reading a lot about these knit-in-the-round scarves and I don’t really understand why. Is it because then you can have a scarf knit in stockinette, but the edges won’t curl?
    Oh well, I see I need to pick up some EZ books. I might be a new knitter, but I know she is a Supreme Being of Knitting.

  • I, too, do not understand the reason why you would knit a tubular scarf? Twice the aggravation for half the surface area for neck warming?

  • that is a very clever thing, that seam – have to try it out!
    did anybody look at the GAP web site, and realized what this scarf is called?
    the CROCHETED scarf.
    they do provide handy email addresses for comments….

  • that is a very clever thing, that seam – have to try it out!
    did anybody look at the GAP web site, and realized what this scarf is called?
    the CROCHETED scarf.
    they do provide handy email addresses for comments….

  • that is a very clever thing, that seam – have to try it out!
    did anybody look at the GAP web site, and realized what this scarf is called?
    the CROCHETED scarf.
    they do provide handy email addresses for comments….

  • very clever. thank you.