25 January 2006


Saga of the DNA Scarf

So I'm a nerd. That said, I'd had my eye on the DNA scarf since shortly after I learned to knit. From all I'd heard, cables were easy to do, but I was a brand new knitter and had taught all I knew to myself except for casting on and the knit stitch. So I didn't feel quite up to the task. Time went on, and I'll admit I sort of forgot about it while I was busy with other projects. But I came back to it earlier this fall when I was looking to start something new. I devoted an evening to solving the mystery of cabling, and I was sort of ashamed that I'd ever put it off, but oh well.

I finished the first DNA section soon after winter break started, and I'd finished the neck ribbing as well and was walking around the house with half a scarf on when I realized it might be kind of short. I like longer scarves, and I'm fairly tall anyway, and the scarf was not highly flattering at that length. I was really tempted to just knit a few more inches of the neck ribbing and hope that would help, but in the end I went the perfectionistic route and ripped it back to ad another repeat. And from then on, the scarf exacted its revenge.

I didn't rip back far enough. I had numerous problems with the seed stitch even though I had managed to knit half a scarf without messing it up once, and I spent a great deal of time bonding with my tiny crochet hook. Somewhere in there, though, I learned to cable without a cable needle, and that is the most useful skill on earth, I am sure. Especially since I had to put off knitting more times than I would like to admit to because I couldn't find my cable needle.

Anyway, I finished it just before the end of winter break, and I really love it. The yarn is soft and warm and it shows off the cables really well, which is something I had worried about. Even my friend Andrew who had orginally avowed to de-knit everything we ever knit had to admit that it's cool. We determined that the scarf is actually displaying B-DNA, which perhaps forever cements our nerdiness. But we're Case students and it's what we do, sit in the sweet lecture hall in Wickenden and look up pictures of DNA structure to figure out which one has been knit into a scarf. It makes me sad sometimes, that college doesn't last forever. It's some kind of life.

As someone so wisely pointed out, the best part of this scarf is that you have to be a nerd to realize what it is.

Pattern: Double helix seaman's scarf, pattern here.
Yarn: Knitpicks' Elegance in Oatmeal, four skeins.
Started: Late November 2005
Finished: Early January 2006

I love that pattern so much, and i am scientifically challenged. Its so fun to knit! I knit it for a friend for Christmas, and he LOVED it. yours is lovely!
Dear lord, you amuse me so.

So I like, think about making the DNA scarf every now and then. And then I remember how EvGen RAPED ME UP THE BUTT. And then I think, "do I really want a reminder of that EVERY TIME I WANT TO KEEP MY NECK WARM AND TOASTY?" And then I think, "hell to the no."

And that is my story. But yours is nice.
I know you're busy with school and the knitting olympics and all, but don't you think you should be documenting the olympics?
I didnt find thing that i need... :-(
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