Tuesday, May 01, 2007

The One Bright Spot

Wow, this has been an unbelivably crappy day. Have you ever been in a situation where someone is attacking you for no legitimate reason? Where the things they are complaining about have been festering for them for months? Where every problem they have could have easily been solved with a little bit of communication?

Well, that's what happened to me today. Remember when I blogged about the great office-sharing opportunity we had "lucked" into? Turns out--ain't so great. I mean, if you don't mind completely bat-shit crazy, it's probably fine. As for me and Eric, we're outta there. Reasonable, rational, grownup-type people can't function in an insane person's world, and we're not going to try anymore. It's not worth it.

My Tulsa readers: know of any office space? We're so going to need it. Email me!

On to the good stuff. This scarf--my God. So gorgeous.



After blocking, it laid so flat and nice. It's delicate, airy, very ethereal.



It's going to be hard to give up and send off to my Scarf Exchange Pal. The good news is my scarf pal is awesome, so I am going to be very happy to let her have it.


It will still be hard though.


Specs:

Pattern: Heart strings' Beaded Lace Scarf II (don't pay $5 for shipping though--I have heard you can find it cheaper elsewhere.)

Yarn: Hand-dyed 100% Merino laceweight from Etsy seller WhiteWillow

Beads: size 8/10 seed beads, approximately 1,175 of them--seriously

Needles: US size 4 KnitPicks Options

Length: 68 inches (53 prior to blocking!!!)

Width: 11 inches



It's been a long time since I have knit a scarf and I forgot how much stamina it requires. I loved this pattern the first few days, but the closer I got to the end, the more I couldn't wait to be done. I have enough yarn and beards left to make myself one, but I just don't know if I cold manage it. At least not for a looong time.



Thanks for all the great comments about this scarf. I can honestly say it's the most beautiful thing I have made thus far, and that's with all the credit to the pattern, and the yarn. All I did was knit it.


51 comments:

Alyson said...

Well, holy crap - that is just a really, really, really beautiful piece of work and you should be really proud. Your giftee is going to be totally blown away. I hope you get something equally spectacular!

Kara said...

wow. That is just lovely. So intricate and delicate. Especially, the beading! Love it!

Hope the office situation turns out!

Dave said...

Whoa, that's absolutely gorgeous. I've enjoyed your progress shots on the ISE blog and was looking forward to seeing it finished. It looks so delicate, and totally yummy.

innernana said...

That is just so divine, Emma. I've been watching it inch along on the ISE4 blog, wishing it was for me... I'm pretty sure it's not, sadly! And PS, thanks for the comment on my blog a while back. I'm a rude and lazy person who didn't reply to you!

knottykitty said...

OMG, that scarf defies description, besides simply gorgeous! (Of course, you know what I've thought of it all along...;) I do believe it's my favorite scarf in all of ISE4-land, and I'm crying a little tear because I know it's not mine...

Leone said...

Oh my- that scarf literally took my breath away! It is just- okay you already said it but it bears repeating- it is ethereal! The colours are very soothing.

Sorry about bat-shit crazy people. I thought they just resided in Northern BC but as it turns out- the bastards are everywhere. But you are right- so not worth it.

Again- scarf. is. amazing.

Beth said...

I have that pattern! Who knew it could be so gorgeous...

Dawn said...

It's a beautiful scarf. I'm still dithering with my scarf, but this pattern was one of the ones which appealed to me, it's lovely!

~Kristie said...

Your scarf is absolutely stunning! No wonder it will be hard to give it up!

yarn addict said...

The scarf is beautiful. you say all you did was knit but wow those beads must take alot of patience to work with. You have a lucky swap pal!

Helen said...

The scarf is so beautiful very soft and feminine. I am the same too, I can't get myself to knit the same thing twice at least not right away.
Hope your office situation improves soon.

Monika said...

How very pretty!

schrodinger said...

Sorry to hear about the office woes - good luck finding a new place. Now at least you have that beautiful scarf to smile about.

annie said...

Absolutely beautiful! That yarn is just amazing.

Thanks for your comment on my blog. :)

Knit and fall back in it said...

I had one of those days yesterday too. It must have been "Don't Take Your Meds" Day or something. What the hell? I know what will make you feel better. Give that scarf to me and your worries will be over. It's a horribly homely thing and I don't know what I would do with it, but I will take it off your hands just to be helpful. 'Cause that's just how I roll.

Catherine said...

Wow! That's absolutely gorgeous! I am totally jealous of your pal!!

Marianne said...

Ha ha ha "All' you did was knit it!
Emma, you're so funny. That scarf is absolutely beyond divine! You are amazing!

So sorry to hear about the batshit craziness that's been going on, so is it back to the homestead until you find another space? drats.

katie said...

Beautiful! That is a gorgeous scarf. And all you did was knit it? Girl, it takes a lot of skill to make a beaded lace scarf!

Macoco said...

Stunning! I don't think I would be able to give that scarf up.

I hope you find some good office-space soon!

Adriana said...

Wow! That is truly gorgeous. Scarves do take a lot of patience, as does working with beads. Good for you for seeing it through.
Your pal is going to be thrilled.

bradyphrenia said...

it looks amazing. i wouldn't want to give it up either!

Michelle said...

The scarf is simply stunning! I'd have trouble parting with it, too.

pat said...

What an beautiful, elegant beaded scarf - it is so pretty - your scarf exchange pal is very lucky!!

z said...

soooooo beeeeyoooooteeeful!! wow!! :D

Sarah said...

That scarf is gorgeous! The beading is amazing- so subtle. I can see why it's going to be hard to send away!

Tammy said...

That scarf is absolutely amazing!

Hope everything works out for you in regards to the office situation.

Happy knitting.

Sheepish Annie said...

That scarf is pure art!!!! Wonderful!

Sorry about the rough day and the need to relocate. But you're right. Getting out of a bad space-sharing arrangement is the fastest cure for what ails you in this case. Their loss!!!

Tanya said...

WOW! It really is beautiful! And you did more than knit it... You chose the perfect yarn for the perfect pattern. Great job!

tiphanie said...

Gorgeous! That is one gorgeous scarf. Can understand why it would be difficult to give it up.

g-girl said...

sigh...it's simply amazing and I can only imagine how difficult it's going to be to have to pack it up and ship it to someone else. I'm right there with you about not liking knitting up a pattern a second time--esp. one such as this but hopefully one day you'll spoil yourself with this gorgeous scarf! :)

midgeling said...

That totally sucks about the crappy people. I really know how you feel. But the scarf - Oh, WOW. I would have a seriously hard time parting with that. It is absolutely beautiful.

Nora said...

That is so beautiful Emma. I keep staring at the photos...
I'm sorry to hear about your work situation. I hope you're able to get away from there soon. x

Knit Masala said...

Sorry to hear about your office situation. But in better news, that scarf is absolutely gorgeous! You have a very lucky scarf pal!

Kirsten said...

Wow! Amazing! That is one lucky Scarf Swap pal!

Terby said...

Gorgeous. And this from a woman who doesn't have much love for the color pink. I'm impressed, and your pal will adore it.

Jen said...

That scarf is beautiful! I hope your office situation improves! :)

Jen

Leah said...

So sorry about the crazies but that scarf. That scarf is beyond superlatives!! So lovely!!

Desiknitter said...

My goodness, that is one of the most beautiful pieces of knitting and dyeing that I have ever seen. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.

Knittingbeauty said...

Wowza! That scarf is so impressive!! The color and beads are perfect and achieve such a lovely effect. Fabulous job!!

SpindleKnits said...

That is the most beautiful scarf! Everything about it is perfect! Fantastic job!

monica said...

Wow that is really gorgeous. And I know what you mean about losing interest in a long project, but it sure is lovely. I hope you find a good solution to the office situation soon.

lobstah said...

Definitely one of the prettiest scarves ev-ah! Sorry about your work probs--I think the full moon must have made the crazies come out last week, as I had a really crummy week too!

Kristy said...

Wow, it's really beautiful! That's a lot of beads, too! I know what you mean about scarfs--- I also start out loving the pattern, and then at the end I'm sooo glad it's done. I'm glad you pushed through. It looks well worth it!

Linda said...

That is a gorgeous scarf!

ruth said...

It's breath-taking!!!

Fannie Pie said...

It's even more beautiful in person! Sorry about the crap, we need to get together for a drink soon... it was fun to see you for a minute tonight. I'll email you.

Melanie said...

Your scarf Is so beautiful. You have made me want one! :)

Missmalice said...

Absolutely Gorgeous with a capital G. Hope your week has brightened up!!

knitting2relax said...

Wow! That is beautiful (and intimidating to someone who also fell in love with Brooke's lace, but hasn't started a project yet).

Coley said...

Your scarf not only inspired me to knit lace, I knit my first lace scarf for ISE4 and now I've copied your scarf entirely... well, sans bead color. Although now I wish my beads were just like yours. Thank you for inspiring me to knit lace and for introducing me to Brooke @ White Willow - her yarns are awesome!!! And your scarf is so beautiful, I wished for so long that it were mine... but alas, I will have to stick with the one I'm making for myself :)

KnittingKat said...

Wow! That scarf is gorgeous. I love the whole thing, the colors, the beads, the pattern, it's perfect!