Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Dr. Who Scarf!

Yes, it is at long last finished.

Several years ago, I started a Dr. Who scarf. This was when I was first tip-toeing into knitting. I could cast on, and ...knit. Thazzit.

I got 8 feet into this scarf before I realized I'd made a mistake and made it far, far too wide. As dense as it was it couldn't be folded in half, and it was about 1.5 feet wide. Not good for a scarf.

So, I had to take that one off the needles and try again. After 8 feet of scarf. On size 6 needles. *sob*

But I gave it another go, casting on with size 8 needles for a looser drape. And eventually...it was completed. Here it is on Ed, the lucky recipient. And no, it wasn't a surprise...like I could hide working on a project this big in an apartment.

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Now, this is sort of a looser interpretation. Partly because I was working off instructions from the BBC which called for DK wool...and I wanted to use worsted weight acrylic. Hey, this much yarn, I'm going with the cheap stuff. So I had to fudge the numbers. This meant I ended up with fewer, wider stripes. But ya know? It still looks like a Dr. Who scarf.

It also looks different because you can't find such funky colors anymore as the original was in. I mean, that color of yellow/orange whatever hasn't been made since the 70s. The scarf was for Ed, who picked out the colors, so at least he's happy with it. We also swiped out the gray section for a dark blue just because it seemed to go better with the whole thing.

So...yeah, it ain't a exact replica. But...it still looks like a Dr. Who scarf. And it's 15 feet long. I ended it short to allow for some stretch (you KNOW a knit scarf that long is gonna grow longer with time) but...still. That's a lot of knitting.

Pretty epic for my first knitting adventure, eh?

Oh, and I've done other stuff along the way, like learn to purl, increase and decrease. But this was still my first project.

5 comments:

Dr Who Fan said...

that's a pretty nice scarf. the color's a little dark tho. =)

laughingattheslut said...

Congrats!

I know what you mean about the yarn adding up. Just using plain old Red Heart I think I spent twenty-five dollars just on that one. And you can totally forget about the colors really matching, just get them to match the rest of the scarf.

Did you consult doctorwhoscarf.com?

Phoenix said...

Yep, I consulted doctorwhoscarf.com...and then ignored a lot of it, lol. This is sorta a loose interpretation...but in my defense, Ed didn't think he'd be likely to wear one that looked exactly right (and therefore kinda ugly) despite his who-fan status. And I'll be damned if I'll knit a 15 foot scarf that will never be worn!

Anne-Marie said...

I love it!
I don't see myself ever making one. All my scarves end up short and thin to get them done quicker

magikjaz said...

if you remember , what colours did you use?