Wayfarer, A Scarf Story

It is very rare that it takes me longer than a month or so to complete a project. Sometimes my spinning projects will run long because of the whole space issue requiring me to set it all up and take it all down when I want to spin. Knitting, though, is portable enough that I have it with me almost everywhere I go. I pick it up and set and down constantly throughout the day. And generally speaking, I’m just very driven when it comes to my knitting projects.

Every now and then, though, a project comes along that drags for me. In the case of my Wayfarer scarf, this was definitely the case. There was no good reason for the running-through-molasses like progress, other than it’s a scarf and I tend to be slow with scarves. In any case, according to Ravelry I began this project on November 8, 2013. Now the actual yarn acquisition goes back another year or two…

This is a very lovely merino/silk single that I bought from Cloudlover Yarn & Fiber before I was a spinner, probably even before I kept a blog. I don’t know. It had been hanging out in my stash for a while. I had started a cowl pattern with it shortly after purchasing, but it just wasn’t right so I ripped it back and let it sit until I found the pattern. After all, it is super soft and one of the most beautiful blue colorways I own, so the pattern just had to be perfect. By the way, the colorway is called Blueberry Picking and for those who spin, it’s currently available in the shop in fiber form in BFL Top & Merino/SW Merino/Silk Top — and don’t forget to use the SOCKSWITHSARAH coupon code for 15% off your Cloudlover order!

But I will stop enabling you for the moment and get back to my scarf story.

So the story goes that one day last fall I stumbled upon Jared Flood’s Wayfarer scarf pattern. The yardage was close & in my mind’s eye I had a good feeling about this yarn-pattern pairing.

So, I cast-on and I knew very quickly that it was a good match…

Even in the poor lighting, I just knew it was going to be a hit.

And I kept going and it was indeed a scarf I was excited to be working on — and that’s saying something for me!

And then I stalled out on it. For months. I did hope to wrap it up during a finishing KAL hosted by Pia of Stitches & Scraps and Claire of Mollie & Claire this July, but while I did finish a couple other things during the month-long KAL this scarf was just not one of them. In fact, it wasn’t until September when I was doing a review of Knitter’s Pride Trendz Acrylic Needles that I found the perfect motivation to move this scarf from WIP to FO. Normally I wouldn’t switch needles mid-project, but I knew I needed something, anything to jump start this project.

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The needles were just the change I needed. I popped those super cute purple needles on their cord and off I went.

I was done in no time. Really, I put myself to shame for dinking around with this project for so long.

knitblockersOf course, as I told you yesterday, I used my knit blockers to block which made this final step super easy and painless.

wayfarer1And voila. I now have one really a fabulous, fabulous scarf.

wayfarerI think my favorite part is actually this edge detail. It uses a tubular cast-on & bind-off and although it’s a little extra work, it is 100% worth it.

Another awesome aspect of this pattern is that it is very easy to adjust the length. The pattern calls for 8″ x 78″, but includes two sections that are clearly marked as ‘adjustable length’ — so basically if you wish to add length, you just stay in pattern longer than recommended in those spots. I live in Wisconsin where is gets cold, so tiny little scarves are not going to cut it unless they are qiviut or some other uber warm fiber. I also had 500yards of very pretty yarn of which I wanted to use up as much as possible. I added about 6 or 7 inches placing my scarf in the 84-85″ range, a length with which I’m exceeding happy.

This is one of those knitting projects that’s story — in my head, at least — literally spans years. The day a few years ago when I splurged on 500yards of a beautiful blue merino/silk single. The attempted cowl which was quickly frogged. Finding the Wayfarer pattern and all the excitement that went with starting. Seeing the project take shape and knowing I’d found the pattern. The dark days when it was hidden away in a project bag… for months. And finally, the little purple needles the brought it back to life and finally into my wardrobe. Every knitted item has its own story though, doesn’t it? Usually I don’t give them this long to find their voice, but every now and then… it’s worth the wait.

For more information on this project, please see my Ravelry project page here.

15 responses to “Wayfarer, A Scarf Story

  1. Every time I think I’ve seen my favourite of your projects, I read your next post. πŸ™‚

    Beautiful wool, beautiful colours, beautiful pattern!

    • I kind of feel the same way! In fact, I was just thinking the other day about writing a post about my favorite socks from this year’s KAL and I realized that every time I put on any of my socks, I think “These are my favorite socks.” Every. Time. LOL!

  2. Good for you! It is a beautiful scarf. I’m on the final leg of my Christmas knitting and am getting itchy to return to one of my longest-running UFOs, a vest started in April!

    • Yay! I’ve had only a couple little holiday knitting projects, otherwise I’ve steered clear. I tend to leave the holiday knitting out because I think there’s enough stress this time of year and I’m not really one for down-to-the-wire knitting. Glad to hear you’re almost done & best of luck on the vest!!!

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