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The geekiest scarf ever.

While I never make New Year’s resolutions -I believe ideas/learning/projects/resolutions should be a year round thing-, erectile this year I have a resolution to make. I would like to finish my DNA double helix scarf.

I started the DNA Scarf about 2 or 3 years ago, price but has become an UFO (knitter speak for UnFinished Object). Every time I re-start, I knit a few rows, get distracted and stop. The project only gets re-started when I have a few moments away from busy daily life and the knitting bag is close by, which isn’t very often.

I first came upon the DNA double helix scarf in the Fall of 2003 Interweave Knits magazine, where the pattern was featured. According to the article, June Oshiro was in the middle of a lecture when the idea came to her. She turned on her voice recorder (obviously to not miss the rest of her class, in bio classes we tend to get tested in things that are mentioned for 2 mins in class) and she started to draw the now famous pattern. This pattern isn’t just famous around knitters, it has even appeared in Nature Genetics!

For this scarf I chose a beautiful yarn I found while perusing the yarn at Iron Horse Farm, a farm in Sherborn, MA. I had gone there to purchased some of their llama yarn (they grow llamas and make yarn!) which was to become a scarf for Boombadeus…but that’s a different blog post.

While looking for that yarn, I happened to touch this one. I liked that the reddish yarn had bits of color here and there; from white to yellow, pinks and even a beautiful blue. It claimed to be 50% “soy silk” (I had never heard yarn made from soy) which I thought was weird but interesting, so I thought “why not try?”.

So the yarn was purchased and the scarf started. And re-started…and re-started.

Yes, the other reason this scarf has taken so long is that I’ve I started this pattern at least three times. I’d be about 10 inches done, only to undo it because I didn’t like the border. After searching and searching, I finally found my answer in the same Interweaves Issue: Why not try a linen stitch border?

So that is where I am now…I’m about 2 thirds done; and since now I’m done with Boombadeus’ scarf, I can focus on this one and finally say it is done in my Ravelry projects

I guess I should get back to my knitting, I can’t wait to finish it and wear it to the lab every day!

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