This weekend I gave my friend Ben his birthday present – a replicate, hand knitted, Doctor Who scarf.
Luckily he liked it!
When your life is full of social media, keeping a secret is hard – I’ve been knitting this scarf since before Christmas and finished it at 3:20am on 2nd April. 2011. In that time I haven’t been able to mention it online at all incase he heard about it – we’re both active twitter users, we’re both friends on facebook, we subscribe to each other’s blog RSS (don’t you Ben…?).
And of course I had to instruct all our mutual friends to not say a word online either.
As someone that tells the world what I’m doing, keeping a big project like this under wraps has not been easy! But also quite an interesting experiment. Occatioanlly I would tweet about what percentage I had left – courtesy of my spreadsheet
The scarf itself was made from a pattern on the http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com site – the “original”, which is one of the shorter patterns available – remember when I started this project I could hardly knit! Oh I can now… if you ever want to learn how to knit, this is the project for you!
There was 1042 rows in the scarf, with 60 stitches across – a total of 62,520 stitches.
As I’m a slow knitting this took about 3 minutes a row (that’s 3 seconds a stitch allowing to turning etc), so that means this took just over 52 hours – and that’s without sewing in the ends, blocking and the tassels!
As I had wool left over I made a scaled down version for Darren, he seemed bemused which is exactly the reaction I want when I give someone something, which quite frankly, lets face it – it crazy.
My thanks to my mother and Katharine ‘The Sorceress’ for helping me knitting part of it!
I hope that Ben enjoys his scarf and wears it to many-a-geeky event, or just snuggled on the sofa at home watching the latest series.
Am I ever going to make something this large again? Oh yes – well, I want one for myself!