That line from Mick and the boys is still running through my head, like a mantra, as I begin this new week. That, and the phrase I keep threatening to use as a new title for this blog: "however long it takes". Both began to haunt me when I finished P's scarf and found it continued to curl at the edges, even after blocking -- largely due to its 50% acrylic content. I couldn't get what I wanted: a flat, narrow scarf.
What to do? Add an edging, of course! The scarf is 4" or so from edge to edge, so I needed a trim that wouldn't overwhelm it, yet fit in with the pattern. After some searching, I found the one in the photo below, courtesy of Laceknitter's 1884 Knitted Lace Sample Book. With the help of tutorials from Miriam Felton and Kelly Petkun (KnitPicks), I managed to make a start.
But. (Notice there's often a 'but'?)
At 6 stitches across, in this yarn, on 4.5 mm needles (same as for the body of the scarf), it was too wide -- and too lacy. Hmmm. Still not getting what I wanted. So...I switched to 4 stitches, and a plain and simple seed stitch pattern which, as you can see from the photo, is moving along neatly, narrowly and smoothly. I got what I needed.
This scarf is over 60" long on either side. When I began, I wanted a simple, quick-to-knit gift for my friend. To make it properly, to do my best job, though, I realize I have to be patient for (you guessed it) however long it takes.
P.S. A word about 'followers': Somewhere along the line in the past couple of weeks, I've reached 50 followers -- 50 Gentle Readers who put up with my wildest, wackiest, most sentimental posts and keep coming back to see what's new. Thank you!!!!