As some of you, who know me in person, know; I am knitting a serape. Not only that, it is a boring one. The person I'm making it for works as a dish washer at the restaurant that the Wed night group used to go to. For a list of reasons, the group doesn't meet there Wed nights anymore. Some of us go there still on our own, but not en-mass like we used to.
My mom and I still go there and our usual server told us that one of the dish washers has always wanted a hand-knit sweater or serape. Since I was the only one in the group to have ever made a sweater I was voluntold that I should be the one to knit it. I tried to suggest a serape to the group to get all the attention off of me, but it didn't work.
At first I thought it wouldn't be too bad, all the serapes I've seen pictures of tend to be nice and colorful and I thought that would be fun to knit. Turns out he wants it to be black with a bit of dark blue on the area around the head/neck opening. So now I'm knitting a giant black thing. It is pretty much a plain blanket with a slit in the middle. Ugh. I added a seed-stitch boarder around the thing in hopes that I don't have to move instead of admitting that I couldn't finish the thing even if he gave me 5 years to finish it.
Another thing I did to motivate myself was to buy some fun yarn. I've put it in the bag with all the black yarn so that I see it often. I've told myself that I'm not allowed to knit with this yarn until I finish the serape.
I also know that these scarves aren't very warm, but that's not always what people need. If this was taken to a battered womens shelter and it made someone feel pretty and special again, then it totally did its job.