Sunday, June 1, 2008

Racing Stripes

The "Lance Armstrong, Eat My Dust!" Scarf for:

Name: Phillip Schlachter

Location: Seattle, WA

Job: Pediatric Mental Health Specialist- Inpatient Psychiatric Unit/ Children’s Hospital, Student

Age: 24

What I want to be when I grow up: I want to be the guy who sits on the beach in Hawaii and sells coconut monkey’s (probably private practice/therapy, and head football coach)

Best thing that happened to me last week: T’was my BIRTHDAY!

On my bookshelf most recently: I HATE reading, but am getting ready to start reading for Multicultural Issues, and Leadership I.

On my ipod a lot lately: MGMT-Time to Pretend, M.I.A.-Paper Planes, Peter Bjorn and John-Young Folks, Sufjan Stevens-Super Sexy Woman, and yes….New Kids On The Block-Summertime!!

Just watched this: Ben X (at the the SIFF) sad story of a high school boy with aspbergers. One of those films actually worth the $11 compared to the ridiculous nonsense our society calls entertainment.

Why I let someone knit me a scarf with hardly any say in how it would look: 'Cause I wanted to be the proud owner of a limited edition one of a kind scarf! And cause I look ravishing in it, seriously I DO!

And he sure does. This scarf was an easy pick. A month or two back, Philip overheard me talking to someone about making a scarf, and he said (and these might even have been his first words to me) "Ooh, would you make me a scarf?" Duh, of course I would. Especially because everytime I see Philip around school, he is bedecked in brightly colored athletic gear which I knew meant that I could have fun with whatever I made for him. I informed him that my current homework schedule was putting me on a scarf hiatus, but that I would get back to him. I don't know if he knew I was being serious, but I checked in with him last week and said, "still want a scarf?" and we went from there.

At first, I thought Philip was the perfect opportunity to bring back the lime green which I haven't used since the first scarf of "the collection" but when I put it alongside the mottled, jersey grey I wanted to use, it just didn't click. Then Philip dropped the magic words..."Maybe Yellow" and I was sold. Most people flee yellow (including me) but Cascade makes some nice gold yarns, so I was excited to finally have a reason to use one that was more yellow than orange.
This scarf, like Philip, is bold and leaning towards XTreme. It's Powerade via knitting needles. Thanks Philip, for letting me be vicariously sporty through you. I've enjoyed getting to know you while trying to express you in yarn form. We're off to a good start.


                                        "Yeah? What are you looking at?"


Anonymous said...

I really like this Powerade/knitting needles scarf, what a fun description!!
I am glad you didn't flee yellow for too long, yay yellow!
Let's talk soon... :) love Ken

Ian K. said...

I think this must be my favorite scarf you have made thus far!