A week ago, I wrote a draft post about maybe being finished knitting my Noro scarf...but I wasn't sure so I didn't post. The trusted knitting lady at the yarn shop insisted I knit until all four balls were completely used up. That felt too long to me, but what I had a week ago felt too short. I knit until I decided it was right and bound off with about 10 grams of each ball left over. Very happy!
As I worked, this scarf became all about the process. With knit one purl one, I had to pay attention to each stitch as I made it. The process of knitting dove-tailed nicely with the mindfulness lessons in the Buddism for Mothers books I've been reading lately, and I felt this knitting to be my own form of meditation at a time I needed it. All that knit one purl one did take quite a while to produce a sizable scarf, but it is completely worth it. The scarf is lovely, lofty and flat (as opposed to an awfully curly stockinette scarf). Even the texture of the Silk Garden grew on me over time, and I don't want to wash or block it for fear of disturbing the way it is now. It's a darn nice scarf, and I'm very pleased with it. I'm quite tempted to knit another one, except the next time, I think I would chose much more contrasting colorways for a greater striping effect.
Of course, as soon as I bound that off, I started winding yarn for my next project. I cast on this morning for a baby sweater for a very pregnant (one month to go!) friend. A side benefit to the Noro scarf is that it made the first 8 rows of moss stitch on this baby sweater (which I normally dread to knit because of that knit one purl one) seem like nothing at all.
I also have to love my new little frosted doughnut stitch markers, found on etsy here.