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March 5, 2014

A Scarf Nearly Ten Years in the Making

Exactly nine and a half years ago I bought enough Jamieson's Shetland DK to knit Nicky Epstein's Floral Felted Tote. Years later the project got started then languished. Eventually I threw out the small bit of intarsia knitting I had done. There was no way to salvage the yarn because it was all in short lengths. The yarn sat. A little over a year ago I decided to use the yarn to knit charity hats. I discovered that once lightly felted it made a great fabric. I was looking at my bags of yarn and thought it would make a great plaid. It was time, I decided, to finally conquer weaving.

Well, that didn't turn out well. 

Now, another year later, I took another run at weaving, this time using a 10" Cricket Rigid Heddle loom instead of my 4-harness table loom. After initial success I felt ready for my plaid. I was also inspired by this great new book, Woven Scarves: 26 Inspired Designs for the Rigid Heddle Loom.

On Saturday afternoon I felt a bit of weaving inspiration and dropped everything I was doing and got started. I forced myself to go to bed with the scarf just a few inches from completion and finished it first thing Sunday morning. It's just what I imagined.

It's about 9" x 84" not including the fringe, which still needs to be trimmed. It's been washed but needs to be fulled more to soften it.

And it only took nine and a half years to make.

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