Most of us have taken up knitting as a way of relaxing and taking a break from our high pressured lives. It is rythmic and takes your mind off a multitude of problems. So why is it that we find ourselves taking on knitting projects with deadlines? A baby hat or blanket for a baby on the way? A holiday present we decide to make 2 weeks before the holiday arrives? A scarf exchange? Well I'm no exception and constantly find myself with at least one item of deadline knitting in my bag. Currently it is both my tote exchange bag and my International Scarf Exchange Scarf - both of which are due this month! Pictured here is my scarf on the way to completion. It is the Matthew scarf and I have really enjoyed making it. I'm using two strands of Koigu Painter's Palette held together. I've finished the 8 repeats up one side, the ribbing that goes round the neck and now I've come down the other side and have only 2 repeats and the edging to do. My goal is to finish and mail it off this weekend. I'll actually be ahead of schedule - imagine that!