This picture doesn't really do the scarf justice (partially because you have to deal with my huge face, but ya know, whatever). Trust me when I say it's gorgeous! The scarf, not my face.
A friend of mine visited the homestead a few weeks ago so we could essentially have a yummy dinner and spend the rest of our time knitting (and yarn shopping, too, but mostly knitting... and drinking craft beer). I was leaving to work in Las Vegas the next weekend, so I wanted a quick project I could whip up in any down time I had, which I knew wouldn't be much. My preference for quick projects means that I can finish them in a couple days, but they can't be boring, either, or else I put it down and dread going back to it.
I also knew I wanted to make some sort of scarf, but not a typical scarf. See, here's the thing: I hate making scarves. Hate them with the fire of a thousand suns. I get so tired of working the same stitches over and over again for what - six feet? No thanks. So instead, I wanted a triangle scarf that I could wear like a cowl and maybe help jazz up my plane ensemble a little bit. Because when you're on a plane for 5.5 hours, it's important to not look like complete crap even if you're aiming for comfort (if you could pass that message along to some of my fellow travelers, that would be swell - pajamas in public are unacceptable after post-college graduation).
After a brief skip through Ravelry, I found the Gallatin Scarf knitting pattern. I have to admit that it wasn't love at first sight, but the construction seemed interesting and the lace pattern was simple enough that I knew I wouldn't drive myself berserk trying to figure it out in less than a week. I chose some yarn that had been sitting in my stash for well over a year - maybe even two years - and went to town.
The yarn I used is Mountain Colors Twizzle in the Springtime colorway and I love the way it turned out with this pattern. I'm not a huge fan of variegated yarns, but the color change on these isn't close enough for pooling to become an issue (at least with this pattern).
The result? I'm in love. I wear it everywhere, especially now that a bitter cold front has moved in and I don't want to leave the house without first putting on at least 15 layers. I did manage to wear it on my flight to Vegas and have received many compliments since. My mom even wants one for Christmas, so I'll be seeing many more of these in my future. And that's a good thing!