Knitting: My Sky Scarf

by Judy Tucker

Have you heard about Leafcutter Designs' Sky Scarf conceptual knitting project?  The concept, and the knitting, on this project are straightforward.  Each day you look at the sky and pick 2 colors from your small collection of yarn that best represent the sky you see that day.  Then you knit 2 rows using those colors.  In twelve months you have a nice scarf AND a weather report for the year!

This sounded like too much fun to miss. Leafcutter Designs has a lovely kit with yarns which you may purchase at the link above. I picked out my yarns at JP Knit & Stitch, my local quilt/yarn shop. I decided to add a bit more color so I chose a couple of balls of yarn to use on days with stunning sunsets. 

It's really interesting.  I'm purposely looking at the sky everyday now, really appreciating UP and feeling more connected to God's creation.  

The most difficult part of knitting this scarf is picking the colors for the day.  On the days when it rains all day or the sky is bluest of blues, it's easy.  But you know that adage about Boston weather:  "If you don't like the weather here, wait a minute"?   It is so true!!  I'll think I know what my yarns for the day will be and then an hour later the sky is completely different!  It can be a real challenge!

The little bit of knitting every evening is really nice, a quieting calm space in each day. 

Here's my first month of knitting:  June 27 to July 28, 2015.  

 Weather report: July 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts

Weather report: July 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts

The first row with red is July 4th.  The red and white rows symbolize the fireworks over Boston's Esplanade.  I didn't see them, not even on television. In an effort to keep my noise-sensitive English Springer Spaniel calm and quiet, I was watching a show about the British monarchy with a narrator who has a very calming voice!  (The show, and a lot of training for the past year, really helped Tipper a lot)!

The brighter rows up near the needles are a recent sunset.  In July I had expected a lot of deep blue rows.  But it turns out we have a lot of blue days with clouds.  So, lots of bright blue and light blue and white.

My yarn is a mix of fibers. It's from Denmark. I can't read the label but I think it is wool and cotton. I love the colors and it has a nice feel knitted up.

If you want to see other folk's Sky Scarf projects, check out #skyscarf on Instagram.  And join the party if you knit!