Unwittingly, two friends provided me with the absolute best AND worst project ever, for my birthday this year. Finished just yesterday, my "Fearless Zombie Hunter" scarf (or The "Walker" Wrap). A TRUE "love/hate" relationship, if ever there was one. The original name on this pattern, for all you Ravelry chicks, is LES MISERABLES, and clicking on that will take you there (just like in Oz).
The knitting bag and alpaca lace-weight yarn that inspired the creativity, coupled with a pattern I had catalogued in my stash. MANY hours spent knitting a very well-written pattern, with mind-numbing amounts of stockinette stitch, while watching Daryl Dixon and his crossbow prowess on The Walking Dead, Sunday evenings. And then, American Horror Story Freak Show started, and I knit right through that on Wednesday nights, too.
Felted yesterday morning, this came out SO soft and "drapey" - about 65" x 9" of intentionally tattered alpaca love.
Pre-felting, this measured about 96" in length - or long enough to wrap a zombie (yeah, slight exaggeration). Really fine, lace-weight yarn, coupled with large needles, made for scary knitting - LOTS of it. So much stockinette stitch that it got VERY boring in the middle parts. The fun came in watching the intentional runs being knit into the piece, and letting them ravel downwards.
Whether for Zombie Hunting, or simply as a fashion statement, it's going to keep me warm (I say, while secretly longing for a trek through the woods with a cross-bow wielding man, instead of just driving around town with it on). LOVE/HATE for sure, on this project - and evidently I hated it so much that I've pulled out another skein I have squirreled away, to make a white one next! Nuts? Undoubtedly. Thank you to Jackie and Christy, for providing the "vehicle" for staying awake on the couch during countless nights of horror shows this past month. May YOUR week be zombie free!