This scarf has haunted me for at least 6 years.
When I was a sophomore in high school, I had been knitting for less than a year and was still in my scarf phase - that period in a beginner knitter's life when literally the only thing you can conceive of making is a scarf. (Seriously. I bought more yarns because they were "perfect for a scarf" than I could ever possibly knit anything with.) I knit a green scarf for my friend Casey. It was made with a really soft yarn that had both a regular strand and a fluffy strand. After I knit that scarf, I went back to the store and bought some more of it in a different color to make one for myself.
If my timeline is correct, that would mean that I started knitting this scarf in 2005. 8 1/2 years.
I remember driving to Red Lobster for my birthday, poking my sister in the chest as I sat knitting this in the back seat. I was in high school, so at the very latest, I was knitting this in January 2008 (hence: at least 6 years). But it could have been the year before. Or the year before.
All I know is that this scarf has sat, unfinished, for years, and has followed me everywhere my knitting has gone. College and back, probably a couple times. It haunted me constantly as "that one project I never finished."
But the thought of finishing it made me cringe. Uuuuugh, I thought every time I saw it. I really should finish that. But it was in K1P1 rib, and to me that is literally the most annoying stitch ever, especially for a scarf that never seemed to want to end. I have no idea what yarn it is, but only that I bought it at JoAnn's, and I think it was some sort of store-produced brand.
But I've reached the end of an era, folks, because I finished it this afternoon. Ends are all woven in. Literally the only thing left is for me to wear all 103 inches of it.
(On a side note, these two photos were taken months apart - one when I was just testing to see how much farther I should keep knitting, and the other this afternoon - and I somehow managed to have on the same sweatshirt. AU REPRESENT.)