Now that I have knitted all last night, and most of today, my hands (fingers and wrists) are covered with menthol smelling cream. Sometimes I am too stubborn. Well, I needed to finish the scarf for tomorrow...birthday gift. I did it. Actually, I could have made it longer than it is now (140 cm), but I gave in to the pain in my fingers. My friend, Sherri, keeps telling me to take a break, not to overdo anything. Sometimes I listen to her, and sometimes not.
I quit knitting, and finished the scarf, because I started dropping stitches. Have you ever knitted with size 6 mm aluminum needles, 25 stitches on the needles, using Bernat's Matrix "yarn"? It's like some sort of ladder thingy. Two very thin side strings connected in the middle by a blob of something, in red and black. The side strings are black.
Oh, well, here is a picture.
So, if you ever want to make something with this yarn, use very pointy needles, and not heavy, and DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES drop stitches, unless you like picking stitches that don't make any sense whatsoever. Garter stitch is a simple stitch, but when Matrix ribbon starts running with a wicked laugh, you are in trouble. If your fingers are numb and tingling or aching, do not attempt to pick the running stitch(es), WAIT, until all the pain is gone, and then try, with patience.
Other than that, I truly like the way this scarf came out. I hope the recipient will be happy with it. At least I found a nice bag for the gift.