Before signing on to the Red Scarf Project, I had recently completed another scarf for myself. It's red, but not exactly red enough to qualify as "good luck" red. And it was fun to make, my first time doing yarn overs and drop stitches and knitting with ribbon yarn.
The pattern is from Candi Jensen's Knit Scarves! and the yarn is Tartlette from Knit One Crochet Too in Velvet Rose - exactly the color and type of ribbon yarn used in the book, but I used it only because I stumbled across a good deal for it on eBay.
I really need to learn how to photograph knitting projects. Oh, and I need to learn how to knit better, too. I'm still plagued by uneven tension and by binding off much tighter than I cast on. Nonetheless the scarf turned out really cushy and springy and fun to wear. Doubled up like this, it provides just enough warmth on a not too cold winter's day. And it can be left on and worn like jewelry.
As for the Red Scarf Project scarf, that one's finished, too!
I knit a red neckerchief based on a design from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Halverson. Beyond being relatively quick and easy (necessary for this newbie to be able to stick to her commitment), I chose the pattern for several reasons: it's not your conventional scarf in that it can be worn around the neck or as a head scarf, so that its suitability is independent of the season. It is knit on the diagonal the same way as a popular yet basic baby blanket pattern, which provides a nice connection to the original impetus for this outreach project. Also, it's small enough so that it could be knit from one skein of yarn - resulting in no broken threads, which is important to the tradition that the project idea was drawn from. The yarn... well, I'll admit that it is a very practical sport-weight acrylic, Red Heart's Luster Sheen in Warm Red, which actually has a very nice silky feel and drape. (Yeah, I know. Acrylic. I need to find a real yarn shop close to hand, instead of relying on those craft-box places when I'm in a hurry.)