There are a few versions of this crazy scarf around town. It had a brief and shining moment at Anthropologie that was met with mixed reaction. People get so weird about animals–”it’s creepy” OMG. It’s knit. From yarn. Not an actual dead fox.
Here’s the Shrewd Fox from Anthro
Ok, so a friend of mine really loved this scarf (me too). We were out at brunch one afternoon and a few mimosas in I said (emphatically!) I can knit one for you!
Now let me be clear about something. I love to knit. I knit a lot. But, I don’t
know how to knit a dead fox. I am also a complete and total rule follower. I knit from patterns. It’s my dream to be able to create my own designs. While I’m
fairly proficient and can get myself through some funky written instructions and make some minimal adjustments, I’ve never ever considered going off the page.
In my years of knitting, the two best pieces of advice I’ve ever received are as follows and totally contradictory.
- Trust the pattern
- You are smarter than the pattern
Used with care and discretion, it’s great advice for almost any situation. Especially for us rule followers.
I made a promise and sat down and figured out how to knit a reasonably convincing stole. It was such a fun, surprisingly easy knit. And no pattern! It isn’t perfect, but turned out pretty cute.
When I write my first pattern it will have to be:
We promptly judged antique ivory buckles for the next prize.
Jelly-like above the high wire, six quaking pachyderms kept the climax of the extravaganza in a dazzling state of flux.
Which reminds me of this: