Thursday, January 24, 2008

Inaguration Day Scarf-Along

I've started a separate blog for the Scarf-Along. Send me an email if you want to join.

Here's my progress as of yesterday.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Inauguration Day Scarf-along

This morning a coworker suggested I start a project that I could do a little bit on every day for the next 365 days and wear on inauguration day. So I bring you The Inauguration Day Scarf.

The scarf can be made of any yarn you like, but I plan to make mine out of the little balls and scraps of yarn that end up piled in the corners of my house (sometimes by me and sometimes by Lucy).
(Lucy thinks I put this basket together for her enjoyment.)

Basically, you cast on whatever number you want and knit a little bit every day for the next 365 days. Bind it off on January 19th, 2009 and wear it while you watch the next president be sworn into office on January 20, 2009.

You can do any pattern you want - I've listed some ideas below. Mine's going to be basic. I'm planning to do one garter ridge a day in a different color (leaving the ends hanging for crazy side fringe I think). It's going to be a crazy, chaotic, hodgepodge scarf (to match the crazy, chaotic, political hodgepodge I expect we're in for over the next 12 months).

A few of the Knitting Liberally gals have already signed on. Traci and I started our scarves today.DSC01943.JPG

I'll be posting regular updates (maybe on key political days like Super Tuesday and Democratic Convention Day and The Day Mitt Romney Dropped Out of the Race Day) here and on the Knitting Liberally blog.

Anyone is welcome to join in. Join any time, you shouldn't have any trouble catching up since it's just a row or two a day...

Should I start a separate blog for the knit-along?

Some scarf ideas:

Focus on Fringe (scroll down a bit...)
Noro Striped Scarf (because we love Brooklyntweed)
Meandering Stripes
Kureopatora's Snake

And if some of you are really anal about stripes, but still want to appear to be doing random stripes here's a cool stripe generator.

365 days until inauguration day

Proof that anger and frustration can affect your knitting gauge:

A couple of Januarys ago, I made a pair of mittens. I showed them to a friend and she pointed out that one of them was significantly tighter than the other. "Oh yeah," I said, "I made that one during the State of the Union Address."

Tonight I will not be knitting while Bush (can we now begin to refer to him as 'Outgoing President Bush'?) is speaking. Instead I will be quietly chanting, "365 days, 365 days, 365 days...."

Cross posted at Knitting Liberally.