Chameleon Off My Back

We’ve got ourselves the very first summer cold of the season :(

  • Sore throat – check!
  • Headache – check!
  • Achy muscles – check!
  • Post-nasal drip – check!
  • Boogies – check!
  • Sick baby, sick Mama – check!
  • Ancient 2-year old unfinished scarf, now finished – CHECK & CHECK!!



  • Pattern:  Chameleon Scarf by Lorilee Beltman (Ravelry link here; My Ravelry project link here)
  • Yarn:  Yardage is approximate here as I didn’t keep good track of exactly how much I used.  Something like 2 balls of Patons SWS in “Natural Green”, 2 balls of Patons SWS in “Natural Crimson”, and 1 ball of Patons SWS in “Natural Geranium”.
  • Needles:  Size 6 bamboo dpns
  • Mods:  Substituted a different striping yarn and only worked 10 large motifs and 9 small motifs (instead of 11 large and 10 small)


I’m calling this “That 70’s Scarf” because the colors remind me of retro-nasty appliances and tableware.  You know the ones.  All orange and avocado and yellow with crazy mushrooms and weird chickens strewn all over the place, and those creepy little kids with big heads and big eyes looking out from those “Happiness Is….” pictures.  I’m not usually diggin’ on that, but for some reason I kinda like how these colors look together.  This scarf makes me, well, happy.  I only wish I had knit the squares on bigger needles so that it was a bit lighter and airier.  Because this thing is frickin’ heavy & dense as all get out.  Good thing I shortened it a little too because it’s plenty long.  I don’t know why it took me so long to finish this.  It’s not like it was a difficult knit. Even the seaming, which I was dreading like the pox, wasn’t so bad.  I finished all of that in two quick sittings.  No, I think the real sticking point was my lack of imagination.  Because the Patons SWS ended up having much shorter color repeats than the Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Cotton that the pattern called for, I had to do a lot of planning ahead to make sure I got squares with enough variety to offset each other when sewn together.  After a while I just got tired of lugging them all out, laying them end to end, and trying to decide what colors needed to come next.  But eventually, the idea of having this fantastically old UFO just hanging about, became harder to deal with than just sitting down and planning some colors dammit.  So I got myself motivated and finally finished it.  And it feels so amazing to have finally completed this!  Now onto the next UFO….. my Jaywalkers!

An Outtake

And on a gorgeous sunny Saturday last weekend, my darling hubby and I took the baby for a walk in the warm sunshine and snapped some great pics.  No idea where we caught the sick-nasty cold bugs, but at least we got out to enjoy some fresh air before we had to be cooped up inside getting over the yucks. Hope you’re staying healthy!


10 thoughts on “Chameleon Off My Back

  1. I hope you get healthier soon! Your scarf is gorgeous and it looks like it’s fresh enough in your area to enjoy wearing just now! Or maybe it will cure you ;-)

    I bought some sock yarn last Friday and I’m seriously thinking about knitting Jaywalkers with it!

  2. Cool scarf-so awesome to finish an old project! It looks great on you, and I like your hair in the pictures. When can we have coffee? I swear I’m ready for a sick day-just don’t tell anyone.

  3. I love the scarf and kudos to you for finishing an old UFO. I know how your family is feeling, I too have the icky summer cold. Here’s hoping we all feel better soon! (:

  4. You look gorgeous!! The scarf is lovely too–those colors are just a bit brighter than the 70’s shades and they do look wondeful together.

    Sorry about the summer cold. Feel better soon.

    I can’t believe it’s July already….I haven’t finished anything as large as a scarf but have been crocheting lots of small items.

    Will send the partially knit blanket your way soon now that I have a little more free time and breathing room.

    Take care!

  5. Ok first of all, you do NOT look like a woman who just recently gave birth!!! Argue how your body has changed, but you look fantastic!! Great scarf too. Hope you feel better. There seems to be quite a few people suffering with the crud.

  6. i love the colors…and i have one of those funky colored mushroom coffee cups that was my mom’s…i’ll have to remember to take a pic of it for you :-)

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