Wednesday, March 11, 2015

So, Here's the Thing*

The travelling scarf idea is this:
X number of people agree to participate, and each contributes a length of knitting to a scarf when she receives it.  I'll start things here, then send what I've done on to The Next Person.  Next Person adds what she wants, sends to Next Next Person.  And so on.
  The scarf would almost have to be striped;  not everyone might feel comfortable doing some patterns --- for instance, yours truly with cables.  But all would certainly be given free rein to be creative within your stripes: Fair Isle or patterned stitch. . .  Or knit a length of solid color.  Do what makes your needles sing.

The issues to be resolved are:
The weight of yarn to use.
Whether to use a pattern, or just freestyle it.
What the final length of the scarf should be (someone needs to be The Finisher.)
What to do with the finished scarf --- donate?  Give it to someone who contributed to it?
Should we make more than one?  Let it be a sort of ongoing project all year --- with several scarves to donate or sell in November/December?
Cost.  The longer the scarf gets, the more it is going to weigh.  Which means The Finisher will have to pay more getting the scarf back to me than I, The Starter, did at the beginning.  Would everyone be willing to pay their shipping, whatever that may be?

 Reactions?  Suggestions?  Participation?


*OF COURSE, someone has already done this: http://www.ravelry.com/groups/traveling-scarves.  I like the idea of everyone in the group getting a scarf.  .  .

3 comments:

  1. I will do the end part and ship it back to you even if its heavy if you need a volunteer.
    I would like it not to be a complicated scarf. I like the idea of striping.
    As a participant I give up the right to control or critique!!! The leader gets enough feedback in these things. I just want to be a part of your idea and your plan.
    It is a fun one

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  2. I would also love to do this. My problem is that I do not have much of an artistic imagination, I need a pattern. So, if the travelling scarf comes with a pattern, I'm all in.

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  3. The weight of yarn to use.
    Worsted or fingering/sock yarn. We all have some of those lying around. Fingering if a lot of people sign up, worsted otherwise. Also, should it be wool? Superwash? The latter would be a good idea if we decide to donate the scarf/scarves.

    Whether to use a pattern, or just freestyle it.
    I like 1x1 or 2x2 ribbing. Easy, tidy, and reversible.

    What the final length of the scarf should be (someone needs to be The Finisher.)
    60-70" (150-175 cm) is a good length.

    What to do with the finished scarf --- donate? Give it to someone who contributed to it?
    Donate. Maybe you could have a drawing among the contributors and the winner gets to decide where to donate it.

    Should we make more than one? Let it be a sort of ongoing project all year --- with several scarves to donate or sell in November/December?
    I like this idea!

    Cost. The longer the scarf gets, the more it is going to weigh. Which means The Finisher will have to pay more getting the scarf back to me than I, The Starter, did at the beginning. Would everyone be willing to pay their shipping, whatever that may be?
    Looks like someone has already taken care of that issue.

    County me in!

    Apologies if this posts twice. I think the first one got lost in the ether, and I didn't want to deprive you of my priceless input ;-)

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