Well, if you thought 82 photos was a lot to take of a scarf, how about the 180 photos I took of the finished Kushu Kushu scarf?!!! Yes, that was both pre- and post-felting but one of the reasons it has taken me so long to post this project is because I'm having a hard time editing it down! But it's time to give it a go...
Kushu Kushu scarf
July 11th - August 4th, 2007
About 240 yards(?) of Habu silk stainless A-20-16 lavendar
About 180 yards(?) of Habu super fine merino A-177-00 off white (only shown on the kit page)
I bought a kit and this was before I had a digital scale so I actually have no idea how much yarn came in the kit or how much I used... or how much I have left!
US #8 SPNs (Takumi bamboo) for the stainless and merino portion. I switched to a smaller needle size for the stainless only portion, as per the pattern, but I can't remember what, only that I didn't follow the pattern exactly.
Wow, this seems like so long ago! This was my first encounter with Habu. Inspired by other projects online, I visited the store (just mere blocks from my office!) and fell in love. And what better setting to swatch than by a lake?
I knit quite a bit on the subway (my first experience with GoKnit pouches - I recently bought a few more to handle my multiple active projects. It was also one of my early iPhone photographed and posted projects). I also knit by the river.
To be honest, it wasn't my most favorite of knits - I didn't have too much of a problem with the stainless but it didn't have the lush tactile quality that I enjoy so much about the process of knitting, and it was also somewhat monotonous, especially under the deadline of my sister's birthday. In fact, I had to "give" my sister the scarf unfinished at the beginning of a shared vacation in South Carolina, only completing it towards the end of the trip in time for her to take it home with her.
And because I was in such an intense production mode while knitting the scarf I didn't really get to "look" at it properly until I was finished and then... wow. The final product certainly didn't disappoint, and it helped that I had access to a beautiful natural light and surroundings to take final photos before sadly parting with it.
In progress shots:
Here you can see the whole length of the scarf:
For all the various abstract, textural and/or draped shots though, I have to say that this is one of my favorites just for the perspective: