Pattern: Dr. Who Scarf
Yarn: Brown Sheep Nature Spun
First the dance of happiness! Now the song of good cheer! And now the sadness of the end.
I wonder how many of you watched the old Dr. Who. Not the really good episodes on Sci Fi/BBC with the really, really cute doctor number 9 and doctor number 10, but any of the ones from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Specifically doctor #4—played by Mr. Tom Baker. If you never saw it, the fourth Doctor had a really long scarf that every Dr. Who fan wants, has, or has had in his or her lifetime. I had two. Sad but true.
Anyway, my friend’s husband needed a replacement and they asked me to make the season 12 scarf. 6 months and 738,235,656,876,120 ends later it’s done. I was very worried about the length. The man is 6′ 9″ or something like that and the scarf was measuring 9 1/2 feet. So when I blocked it, I blocked it hard—not as hard as it could go but close. Now it’s just above 15 feet. I was devastated. It just wasn’t long enough. It didn’t drag in the photos of the Husband modelling it. It’s not good enough.
As a side note, I’m a perfectionist to a point then I get fed up and don’t care anymore. But since this was a project for someone else, I was devastated. I was beginning to contemplate ripping out and starting over. I used the yarn recommended but I could go up a needle size. I even offered to refund my friend’s yarn money for the project. I was so upset.
When clearer heads prevailed I did some research. According to this site Tom Baker’s season 12 scarf never cleared 13 1/2 feet. This would do. The birds began singing and sun poured in. Dear even came up to nibble at the sandwich in my hands, being at lunch time I was none too pleased about that. So in the end it worked out.
I went with the recommended yarn at http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com—Brown Sheep Nature Spun—and never once regretted that choice. It’s not the softest wool in the world but it’s not terribly scratchy (how’s that for a description). So far it seems to hold up well, although I can’t comment yet on pilling since the scarf has remained folded in a corner of the room. I ordered it from Lorien online (you can see my store review here).