Omigosh, I’ve been working on this scarf forEVer. It was in progress so long that I sort of forgot about it, and when it did wander across my mind, I doubted whether I was going to like it well enough to keep working on it. It hunkered there in the work basket almost a year. A year!
The problem is that the yarn is so utterly delicious that it hardly seemed worthy of any project at all, and the more I looked at it and cuddled it, the more I didn’t like the scarf, just for using it up. This is two skeins of Madelinetosh DK in the color “Faded Chinos”, worked on US 5 needles. Oh my goodness, the Madtosh. So gorgeous.
I saw the gingham-effect stitch pattern in this book, cast on with the Tosh, and was enchanted—for about ten minutes. After which time I had to keep reminding myself it was there. I took it with me to appointments; anywhere I knew I’d be a captive to it, just to make some progress. (That’s how this happened, incidentally.)
As it grew, it started to pull in like ribbing, and I worried, so I steam-blocked the first half, just to make sure. I almost ripped it out, so many times.
When finally it was long enough, I bound it off, worked a crochet crab stitch around the edge, and then blocked it again, this time by soaking it in the sink and then spreading it out on the floor. I glared at it as it dried, trying to make it stay flat with the force of my will. It still pulls in a little. Yargh.
Look at that stitch definition! Swoon. I am mad for the Madelinetosh. It’s the best thing about this project.