|Unblocked, but very wearable!|
When I near the end of a knitting project, I become rather obsessed with getting it off the needles, and this project was particularly compelling. I spun the yarn (superfine Merino) during Tour de Fleece and I think it is my favorite and best handspun yet. The pattern is engaging and knit from end to end, so no interminably long rows to bog you down. Finally, you can knit the increase side until you've used half your yarn, then start the decrease side and knit to the end of the pattern – perfect for non-standard amounts of yarn like mine.
My Mel ended up asymmetrical; when I reached the end of the pattern, I still had a significant little ball of yarn remaining. So I just kept knitting the decreases and was able to add several inches to what I knew was going to be more of a neckwarmer than a scarf. When it is wrapped around my neck and fastened with a pin, no one will know but me, and I actually like the tapered tip. In fact, if I knit this pattern again, I will start with fewer stitches to make both ends more tapered!
In the meantime, this forecast spell of cool, cloudy mornings (followed by warm, sunny afternoons) will give me the perfect opportunity to enjoy my Mel and hot drinks in the morning, and good sleeping weather at night. Color me happy!
That's it for today from . . .