Legend of the patient boyfriend
(my brother is trying to weasel his way into this picture)
Once upon a time (last December or so) our knitter was preparing to go on a wintry excursion with her handsome and patient boyfriend. As she donned several layers, her boyfriend noticed a small blue scarf with a slit in it.
The knitter explained that the slit was for her to slip the other end of the scarf in, and it would lay flat around her neck. This boyfriend, who never before had expressed any interest in having something knit by the knitter, was entranced by the scarf and, seemingly surprised by his own reaction, asked for one just like it.
"But longer. And twice--no, three times as wide. And purple."
Delighted, the knitter set out to create something worthy of the handsome boyfriend. She selected several balls of Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk in a deep maroon color and learned how to do cables so the scarf wouldn't bore her out of her mind.
(It's so much darker and manlier than in these pictures)
She added the slit and was tremendously pleased:
She finished the scarf in early February and gave it to her boyfriend for Valentine's Day. He loved it and actually wore it! Both knitter and boyfriend were tremendously pleased.
Until tragedy struck. The bajillion tails of the slippery smooth yarn began to work their way out. What had once been a beautiful scarf quickly transformed into a nice-ish scarf with little caterpillars hanging off all over the place.
The boyfriend, worried that the whole scarf would dissolve into pieces, returned the scarf to the knitter to repair. Months went by, and it was 90 degrees outside, and the knitter forgot about the project.
In the fall, when the first hint of cold weather arrived, the boyfriend ventured to ask about the scarf. The knitter eventually bought some sewing thread, which she had heard could be used to tack down the little ends. But she had other, more exciting things to knit, and the scarf was tucked away in her UFO drawer, and she kept forgetting.
Many months later (yesterday), the boyfriend kindly reminded the knitter of his scarf. And she suddenly became motivated! She got out the scarf, a sharp needle, and the sewing thread, and finished the scarf during two episodes of Futurama.
At long last, the knitter will be able to give the scarf to the wonderful and patient boyfriend, who first received this scarf 11 months ago.
And they all lived happily ever after.