Another too-short scarf

My vacation knitting ambition fizzled and my hostility towards snobbish crocheters faded to nothing but affection upon receiving the news my 94-year-old grandma passed away. 94 years is hella impressive, but still. It’s hard.

We got the news on the return trip from our day at the Grand Canyon. I didn’t knit anymore during vacation. I spent a considerable amount of time staring, a smaller amount writing and a fair amount thinking about how someone dying is the best reason in the world to have a drink after 260+ days of being sober.

I didn’t. Having struggled through a way-too-long depression last year, one thing I feel certain about is that drinking will not make any of this seem easier. Also, the fear of being sucked under depression’s tidal wave is enough to keep me on dry land. Rule #1 is that depression medication can’t work when you drink alcohol (a depressant).

Nonetheless, experiencing the world completely sober feels like needing sunglasses on a really bright day. So I close my eyes and, subsequently, fall asleep. Lots and lots of sleep.

Here is the too-short scarf I came home with in all of its imperfect glory. I tried some fancy stuff with the purl stitch. Check it!

Here is the finished scarf. It’s really not that awful once you wrap it around your neck a few times to hide all the mistakes. It’s almost pretty, right? Right??!

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Don’t zoom in. Just admire it from afar. 

We are back home in the great white North. I planned to use this fuzzy yarn in Arizona, but ended up casting on tonight and starting something new. Maybe a not-too-short scarf? TBD.

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  1. Sherry Johnson · February 22, 2016

    Love you Beth ….


  2. 911knits · February 23, 2016

    Ironically enough, I was learning to knit when my grandma passed a few years ago. I stayed up through the nights and knit under a night light so I could help monitor her comfort in her final days. The knitting was like therapy. It is still a go-to when things get rough.
    If you haven’t checked out Ravelry yet, you should. There are several groups of new knitters helping each other learn new tricks.
    You’ll be a pro in no-time.


  3. Twilight Storm Crafts · February 27, 2016

    So sorry to hear about your grandmother.. Mine passed about 6 months ago but congratulations on being strong not to take that drink. I can only offer you some digital hugs / comfort / and congratulations but please know that it’s truly sincere. I’d love to send you a silly little thing when you reach your full 365 days but I don’t want to be creepy.
    On the lighter side:
    Snobby crocheters! *snort* If I remember correctly you listed knitting on a plane as a good reason to ignore people yourself! 😉 She mighta thought it would work for her poolside (not so much lol) 😉 The 5 rows of stockinette you did too on your scarf looks great though, it’s really nice and even tension. I think a scarf takes 2-3 skeins of yarn depending on the pattern which may be why you aren’t liking the length? Anyway I hope everything is going at least decently for you and your famly. Keep taking care. Rebecca


    • Beth Uznis Johnson · February 27, 2016

      Thanks for your kind words, Twilight! Also, it’s called a skein of yarn? Not a loaf? Huh.


  4. Twilight Storm Crafts · February 27, 2016

    Depends how it’s wrapped I think actually.. I usually call them all balls of yarn even if it isn’t a ball (stereotypical grandma basket/cat toy shape)….. The red heart, lion brand, carron yarns at like walmart, meijers or joanns are usually skein shaped. I think the loves are what you get from yarn winders but I’m not sure. They end up hockey puck shaped. Hanks are the twisted pretty things you need to use a ball winder on that open up into a hoola hoop you can’t really work strait off of a hank, you can wind them manually into a ball…. It’s Kinda Q-Tip vs cotton swab…(in my opinion. I guess it matters if you wanna be yarn-o-litically correct though.)


  5. Twilight Storm Crafts · February 27, 2016

    Oh, btw the v’s are stockinette stitch, it’s from knitting on the front and purling on the back. the v’s are considered the front side usually.


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