Since I haven't posted anything knit-ish in ages, today feels like the perfect day to show off my Ludlow scarf. Just like Exeter, this was one of those projects that I thought looked great in the lookbook, but didn't seriously consider making at first (mostly because of the insane length of it, and the mistaken assumption that it would take two years to complete). Then before you know it, blammo: I've got two massive, marshmallowy balls of Cascade Eco yarn on hand, and I've finished the first band of moss stitch in the space of a single summer's eve (summer! I started this at the hellish height of August!! WTF was I thinking?!). Anyways, sweaty wool-covered thighs aside, this was not nearly as epic an undertaking as I feared, and was even pretty...enjoyable?
The wonderful part about this pattern is that all that lovely texture is made by nothing more than different combinations of knit and purl stitches. The results are beautiful but subtle, which makes the finished scarf super easy to wear, especially if you're careful to choose a neutral shade of yarn (although if you went too dark, some of the design might get lost). It also looks a lot more complicated to knit than it is: while you can't turn your brain off completely, the moss stitch bands are pretty mindless, and you get comfortable with the other sections pretty quickly. I personally managed to burn through several seasons of "Engrenages" while knitting this without screwing it up, which speaks volumes!
All in all, a pretty satisfying knit. I'm not gonna lie: there's something about wearing a massive, oversized, blankety scarf that instantly makes you feel like a majestic winter queen. It's like you're constantly getting a hug! The only other thing I should mention is that the aforementioned two skeins of Cascade Eco wool turned out to fall just ever-so-slightly short of what I needed to finish the project: I had to buy an ENTIRE OTHER SKEIN to finish the last four inches of moss stitch at the end (*shudders slightly with the ghost of fury past*). I'm sure I can find something to do with the leftovers, but head's up if you're thinking of making this and using the same yarn!
In parting, a quick word about showing my hair monster for the first time: the reason I don't normally wear my hair down in blog pics is because it just becomes one more pain-in-the-ass thing to "get right" (I also feel like it takes the focus away from whatever garment I'm trying to show off). Obviously, I didn't care about any of these things today, so behold my hair in it's natural state! Although I did try it up at first, and this gigantic-ass scarf made me look like a pin head...SO MANY PROBLEMS.