Thursday, December 8

The thing about Forbes Forest...

...is that I'm afraid it's going to take for-ever to finish. Well, melodrama aside, I'm afraid it will take me, at least, beyond Christmas. And that simply won't do for a project that I intend to give away as a Christmas gift.
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Now, I have knitted past the point shown here, but not much. You know why? Because it takes for-ever. Don't misunderstand; I adore this pattern. It's incredibly satisfying to work on, it is a very valuable lesson in knitting for me, I love the yarn (KnitPicks Merino Style). I could go on. But the sad truth of the matter is that the random snatches of time I have to knit it coupled with its slow, slow growth is causing me a lot of extra holiday stress. And nobody needs extra holiday stress. Malfunctioning strings of lights on your tree and worrying how snow and/or airlines might affect your travel plans (last year, we got snowed in at the airport on Christmas Eve and, on our way home after the holidays, the airline "misplaced" our reservation) and brainstorming present ideas for that one really pesky relative who is only into Star Wars and, thus, has every-Star-Wars-thing-ever-marketed--these types of holiday joys cause enough stress without any help from slow-and-steady-wins-the-race knitting.

[By the way, I'm not a Scrooge. Lest anyone get the wrong impression, let me state for the record that I love Christmas. Everything about it. I love the food, the decorations, the music. Everything.]

Besides, this scarf was a slight deviation from my original plan for my Dad's gift. See, I had wanted to make him a cashmere scarf ('cause, you know, he's my Dad). But forces conspired such that I was never able to find appropriate cashmere, and I settled on this merino concoction instead. But hubby and I are going to New York this weekend, and I'm determined to make it to School House Products (something I am mysteriously never able to do when we visit the Big Apple), and I WILL find cashmere. Then I can knit a much simpler pattern and it WILL be completed much quicker. (And I can finish the FF at a more relaxed, leisurely pace, or make the yarn into something else entirely.) For The Cashmere Scarf of Renewed Hope, I was thinking along the lines of the ever-popular Irish Hiking Scarf (Jess just finished a beautiful one. And in cashmere, too), or Grumperina's Sharfik or even this one. Or maybe I'll just make up my own. And my dear old Dad will love it just as much. Don't you just love Dads?

3 Comments:

Blogger amylovie said...

I agree that you shouldn't be stressing over the project. No matter what you knit, your father is going to love it.

Amy

11:06 PM, December 08, 2005  
Anonymous Becky said...

Your father will love it, even if he gets it after Christmas.

P.S. Love the bobbles!

6:15 AM, December 21, 2005  
Blogger Anna said...

Forbes Forest is for sure a slow knit, but it picks up and becomes addictive once you get the hang of the repeats. Hope the gift for your dad worked itself out!

11:32 PM, December 29, 2005  

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