in December 2006 Blaise approached me with a request to knit him a scarf. not any scarf, a scarf knitted with a binary pattern. he had found it off one of his sites and it came from a knitting website known affectionately as Knitty.
there was 2 new skills to learn: knitting in the round and using 2 colours.
the two colours was pretty easy to figure out, you just picked up the colour strand you needed as it comes up in the pattern.
-as an aside, learning binary was fun, making the message was even more fun ^^
the knitting in the round sounded simple enough, all you needed to do was knit and the round needles turned it into a stockinette tube. seemed hard though, i struggled to make 6 rows (which was one set of numbers). progress was slow, birthday 2007 came and went, as did christmas 2007, then 2008 passed.
it became the family joke, "what am i getting for Christmas?" he'd ask with a big grin, "A scarf would be awesome."
skip forward to 2010 and to New Zealand. the scarf came with us, still not a lot of work being done. then one day i went Knitworld where a lovely lady finally pointed out my round needle was TOO FREAKING LONG!! all the struggling to knit and slow progress because i was uing the wrong tools.
a shorter set of rounds and suddenly we were making progress.
finally in July of 2010 it was finished.
The binary scarf December 19, 2006 - July 5, 2010 - HUZZAH!