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What I’m Not Knitting

Now that I’ve finished the toe-up socks (an experiment I consider a success, by the way) I’m working on a new project. But you know what I’m not working on? That damned Celtic Cabled Scarf.

A lot of people would suffer through knitting the entire scarf, and then post a picture of the finished object. “Tra la la, this pattern was super easy, you memorize the cable pattern right away and then just knit away without a care in the world!”

Which of course makes you feel stupid and un-accomplished, while revering them for being Gods What Walk The Earth. Except that it’s all a lie, a lie told to make people feel bad about themselves. And where does that kind of thing get us? Nowhere.

I call this “The Martha Stewart Effect.”

Anyway. The Celtic Cabled Scarf is a gauge that makes my fingers ache to knit it, and pretty much every stitch on every right side row has to be cabled in one direction or another. I’m about ready to give up. It’s been in the Time Out Drawer for so long that it smells like drawer – a little bit skunky, with minty overtones from the box of dental floss.

celtic cabled scarf

This is me, 1) trying to decide if it’s long enough to wear as a tuck-in (it isn’t) and 2) wondering, “What’s that smell?”

15 comments to What I’m Not Knitting

  • You are brave indeed! Scarves in general make my teeth itch; wide ones doubly so, and we won’t even discuss cables.

    And if it hurts your hands, too? Throw in the towel, and make a cozy cowl at a loose gauge. It’s a pretty gray color!

  • Laura T.

    At least you have a Time Out Drawer. I keep the black all stockinette vest I’m currently not working on next to the couch so I can keep looking at it and remember that I’m not working on it…

  • Sam

    I’m a masochist & collect cable patterns, where did you find this one? Thanks!

  • I say eff it. You don’t have to finish everything you start. It’s the journey, not the destination, right? Could you stitch up the sides and make a little pouch out of it? I’d probably trash it and never speak of it again.

  • Also, it looks beautiful, but if it makes your fingers hurt, there is no shame in abandoning it.

  • Frog that bad boy! You don’t want the stink of unpleasant knitting (or drawer!) on your lovely yarn :)

  • Jen

    I’ve knit the exact same (center) celtic cable pattern in a scarf in balck and I will say this-it took two years and a lot of time outs. I think you scarf is totally lovely and worth finishing. Take your time.

  • Those are such gorgeous cables… but they hurt your hands? Screw it. Felt the sucker and make a purse/tote bag/pouch.

  • I knit that scarf blindfolded! With one hand! While feeding the homeless!

    Or not. It’ll be finished one day!

  • yvette

    can it become a cowl?? it’s pretty!

    oh and i totally know the martha stewart bloggers out there. i still love reading their blogs, mind you, but it does make me feel totally inadequate. most of them don’t seem to need a job, though, and that’s half the reason they craft as much as they do. or, they don’t need much sleep.

  • kellys

    HAIs, Erika!
    I like the purse/pouch idea.
    knitting should pain you unless you get a lot of money for it.
    so there.

  • Erika

    Knit it with my blessing! It IS a really beautiful pattern, and other people have finished theirs! I found it on Ravelry, but here’s the PDF:

    http://www.kraemeryarns.com/patterns/ViewPdf.aspx?PatternIdnt=20

    Note that there’s an error in the pattern. On row 6 and 14, change C4B to C4F. And if you end up making it, let me know how it turns out!

  • ayla

    If you get tired of it, I’d be happy to finish it for you. I love that cable.

  • minnie

    you could always graft the live stitches to the cast on and make it a cowl. (if you have enough). i don’t like scarves either,but adore cowls.

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