As I mentioned, I am working on the Cedar scarf.  It has taken me a loooonnnggg time just to get to here:

I re-did the first 2.5 inches about 7 times.  For real.  I was about to give up when I remembered that I spent $90 (!!!!) on the yarn for this project.  I consider myself an experienced knitter.  But this scarf has a lot going on (see below) AND, I finally, finally realized, it has an error in it (see below for this too).  As my patience was wearing thin and frustration was mounting, I kept telling myself, “I am SMARTER than this scarf. ”

So here’s what’s going on:

– Two strands held together of 2 out of the 3 colors (carrying the unused colors up the side means that 5 balls of yarn get twisted around each other on every single row!);

– A 1×1 rib;

– Knitting and purling into the row below, certain rows knitting, certain rows purling; this is not a hard technique but it’s a lot to keep track of and it’s MUCH harder to unknit even one stitch if you blow it- so I am running a lifeline after every 4-row repeat;

– Some rows you turn, as usual; some rows you slide the stitches to the other end of the circular needle and work the row again in the other color;

– Last but definitely not least, there is an error in the pattern after you switch to the dark, contrasting color for 2 rows: it says you return to color A but you actually return to color B.  It was only after repeatedly insisting to myself “I am smarter than this scarf” that it occurred to me that the pattern might be wrong — not me.

So there you have it.  Now that I am on a roll — as much of a roll as you can be on when you consider the logistics above — I am, for the most part, enjoying it.  I am trying to stay zen about how long this will take because the end result is very, very soft and pretty.  Although I am a monogamous knitter, I may squeeze in smaller projects while making this scarf.  I hope you’ll stick with me on the journey!  🙂