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The Purl Bee's Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf Progress

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Usually I have at least half a dozen knitting projects going on at once, and I'll rotate between them while I watch television or movies, while being a passenger in a car, or just while hanging out with friends or family. But being in France I couldn't bring my entire stash and giant jar of needles, so I had to figure out how to satiate my love for and need to knit for four months with a single project. I spent hours going through Ravelry, looking for the perfect pattern and I knew I'd come across my holy grail when I found the Purl Bee's Worsted Twist Seed Stitch Scarf. Nine skeins of yarn that create a beautiful, warm, color-blocked scarf that's really more of a giant blanket? Yes please! I knew it would fit my timeline because Danielle made one of her own last semester and it took her about four months.

I can safely say that I am in love with this project, although it does seem like I will finish it when the weather is too warm to wear it out and about, but it's the perfect way to be productive on twenty minute study breaks while watching episodes of Brooklyn 99 or Broad City.

Oh yeah, and for reference, I'm six feet tall. This wrap, at six and a half skeins long, is nearly six feet tall.

Fractal Scarf

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I've had this yarn for probably close to a year, sitting in my stash (currently a stainless steel drink bucket overflowing with yarn that lives under my bed at my parent's house) just patiently waiting for me to find the perfect project for it. Over the summer I'd start something with it, realize it wasn't right, rip out all the stitches, rewind the yarn, and start the process over. This happened countless times until Danielle and I went to Epicerie and I cast on 40 stitches and began knitting.

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I knit through packing for school, moving into a new dorm room, learning where all my classes are for the semester, staying up too late watching Bones on Netflix, grumbling at 9:30 AM classes, four or five hour long study dates with Danielle at Bennu, and relearning the balance between schoolwork and time for adventures.

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When I'd finished the skein of yarn I bought another in the same colorway, realizing that this scarf had to be insanely long. Danielle helped me pick the neon yellow yarn for the fringe -- a leap, as I've never been one for yellow, neon or otherwise.

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But when I put it all together, it all just clicked. I knew that making a basic scarf with neon yellow fringe was the right project for this yarn, giving it a chance to stand on its own. This yarn doesn't need a fancy pattern or cables to be amazing -- it already is.

[lightgrey_box]The yarns used are Manos del Uruguay - Maxima (in Fractal) and Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn (in Neon Yellow). Both yarns were purchased at Hill Country Weavers[/lightgrey_box]

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