Partial Progress

Chapter 5 is now … uh, 76% done … but the Hitchhiker scarf is finished! I put it down on Sunday evening with only four (long) rows left to go, so after dinner last night I popped in a DVD and polished them off. If it weren’t unusually warm today (70 degrees and very sunny) I’d be wearing it right now. I did try it on this morning before I left for the library:


I bought the yarn for this scarf from Hazel Knits last year as a 30th birthday gift to myself. I had heard other knitters rave about Hazel Knits’ wonderful sock yarn, but at $24 a skein, it’s pricey. Definitely too pricey to make into a pair of socks! I love knitting socks (well, the first sock—the second can be a bit of a slog), but the sad fact is, they show their wear very quickly. If I’m going to buy one really special skein of yarn, I’m not going to make it into a pair of socks.

Hazel Knits specializes in rich, variegated colors, and it took me days (I am not exaggerating) to decide which one I should pick for my single birthday skein. I finally settled on “Bronze Age,” a mixture of browns and golds.* I carefully brought it to China with me and then proceeded to let it sit in my small yarn stash for six months. After all, I had to find the perfect pattern to use on this special yarn. In April, I decided that the time had come for it to turn into something. I spent many hours (let’s not think about how many) searching through Ravelry for ideas before choosing the Hitchhiker scarf … which turned out to be an incredibly boring pattern to knit.


However, I love the finished result. A true Hitchhiker will have 42 “teeth” along the edge (the name, and the number, come from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), but I only had enough yarn for 36. No matter; this is one of those rare satisfying times when everything—yarn, pattern, knitting skill level—comes together and results in exactly the finished object that I had imagined when I started.

And now, back to Chapter 5.

*I’m glad I chose Bronze Age when I did—I see that now it’s been placed “on hiatus” at Hazel Knits.

One thought on “Partial Progress

  1. Love the scarf!! Need to get the pattern. It would make those boring airplane flights a bit more tolerable:)

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