For the first FO of 2014, I have a scarf, but not just any scarf. This is the sort of scarf that only a crazy person would begin, since it is done in fingering weight yarn on 2.75mm needles. I also had to learn a new technique (Brioche stitch) to knit it, but once I saw the design up on the Purl Bee, I just had to do it.
The first question, then, was what yarn to use to knit it. I'm a huge fan of Madelinetosh and when I saw the Spectrum colourway of their Tosh Merino Light, I fell in love. My skeins are a bit darker than the samples on the website, but there is still an undertone of deep purpley blue with all of the colours of the rainbow within. I like the way that, at a distance, it appears to be more of a semisolid, but up close it is so complex and beautiful.
Brioche stitch turns out to be pretty simple and also fun to do, which made it easy to dedicate a lot of knitting time to this project. I also wanted to get it done quickly, to make sure I got some good use out of it this winter (I'm sure that won't be a problem, given the weather lately) so I watched a ton of Battlestar Galactica while I knit row after row, inch after inch, of Brioche. It seemed like it took forever, but according to the Ravelry page, it was actually only about 35 days. I guess that just proves how hard it is to be monogamous to any one project. Thank goodness I have a bunch more to work on, now.
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