So today was a cast on day. FOR JUST ONE SCARF. Actually it was yesterday, but I am writing it today... so....
Casting on and beginning a project isn't nearly as simple in practice as it is in theory. You have yarn, you have a pattern. You cast on the yarn and begin the project. Simple, right? Sometimes, matching up pattern and yarn doesn't go nearly as smoothly as you think it should.
I cast on the silly scarf 5 times.
First, I thought I would do a double knit scarf - so I tried different tubular cast ons. (By the way, I am very good at the tubular cast on now). I finally decided on a tubular cast on that I liked, and started knitting on the scarf.
Then I realized that I wasn't going to be able to do a double knit stockinette scarf. It would be too much stockinette stitch. I already have two other projects that are pure stockinette.
So I ripped it all out again. And I decided to rework a scarf pattern that I wrote a few years ago. I knit on it (with the changes) for a bit and realized that I didn't do a decrease about 35 rows back. So I thought I would back it up and knit again. Then I got to thinking. Do I have enough yarn to make this scarf in this width with the yarn I have at hand? What if I don't? Should I rip out? Well, I have to pull back anyway to fix the decrease snafu. I will just pull it all out and do a one row scarf (like I had originally planned).
I cast on and began a simple one row pattern (2x2 ribbing). After a few minutes I realized I didn't want a ribbed scarf. I cast on another one row pattern (the Yarn Harlot's pattern). I knit on it for a bit and thought that it really didn't show off the yarn like I wanted. So I decided to choose a new one row pattern. I cast on 30 stitches (multiple of 6) and used K1, P1, K2, P2.
I have knit about 2 feet on this scarf.
I have to say, I am not loving it. This patterning just doesn't show the beauty of this yarn. I really want to go back and start again. The reworked pattern showed the beauty of the yarn. I don't even care if I don't have enough yarn to make the scarf as long as wide as I prefer. I think it will work.
But I have been knitting on it for over a day. I have quite a bit done.
I may have to rip it out again.
I think I will sleep on it.