I splurged on some nice yarn from Purl Soho in March (those dang marketing emails are so effective...) But at least when you buy yarn from Purl Soho, you buy it with a pattern in mind and not just because the yarn is beautiful.
My plan for the lovely Mulberry Merino was to make a new scarf for my vacation to Paris. I haven't made a scarf for ages. I have several cowls, but had to go all the way back to 2011 to find the last scarf I knitted. It must not have been very memorable because: (1) I have no idea where it is or what I did with it (2) I have no memory of knitting it (3) I posted it on Ravelry, but never wrote a blog post about it.
Some of the very first projects I made when I learned how to knit were scarves. They're simple, don't require too many advanced techniques and easy targets for beginners. I think the reason I don't remember knitting any is that I never finished them or made them too short. Knitting this scarf reminded me that although scarf knitting is easy, it still takes quite a bit of time to make a scarf long enough. And it can be kind of repetitive after a while. I had a deadline to complete this one in April since I really wanted to bring it with me on my Paris vacation and suspected that if I didn't finish it before my trip, I wouldn't be able to use it again until the Fall.
The Broken Garter Stitch pattern is available free from Purl Soho. I followed the pattern and used the Oyster Gray yarn. The pattern couldn't be easier -- only knit and purl stitches -- and was easy to knit here and there while watching Netflix. I finished the scarf just in time (aided by getting sick and spending a lot of time on the couch).
I'm SO glad I had it for my trip! I wore it almost every day and it was the perfect accessory to keep me warm on the chilly days without needing a huge coat. The yarn was soft and warm against my skin and because I made it long enough (~80 inches) I was able to wear in in a variety of different styles. And Paris was amazing (naturally ;-) )