In the fall of 2005, I knitted a scarf with KidSilk Haze.
The idea was that since I had a winter coat that was fairly... err... bold in its patterning, I needed black accessories to go with it.
It may well have been the single most miserable knitting experience of my life.
The post I wrote back then seriously undersells the pain I suffered. I refrained from grumbling about how many times I changed needles to find ones that worked well with the yarn. I never did find a needle that made it an enjoyable experience.
It was so awful I remember it well. Bitterly. I shudder at the thought.
And I was desperately unhappy with the finished result - it wasn't wide enough, I'd stopped short of the intended length, and the cast off was too tight. I put it away, and swore never to use the yarn again.
I had such a miserable time that I regularly warn people away from the yarn.
I nearly staged an intervention once when I saw a mother teaching her daughter to knit with this yarn.
But then, oh then... I found the scarf again this fall. And I wore it for the first time since the fall of 2005.
Oh dear god, it's gorgeous. It's light, and ethereal and warm and actually very nice. It's still too narrow to wear as I had intended, but it looks really rather great as a little cravat sort of thing.
So... as I'm noodling on a project I need to demonstrate the use of biasing to a newer knitter, I ponder again my garter stitch scarf. Am I crazy to think I should recommend this (with firm notes on appropriate needle choice and pointers on how not to lose your mind) to new-ish knitters?