There *is* some positive to simple scarf making, and that is it's uniquely suited to turning off one's brain while crafting.
I made several inches of progress on the Bernat Boa scarf this weekend, although I don't know how long it is exactly (at this point), nor do I have pictures. I need to do that.
I also want to take pics of the newest (temporary) addition to my stash. I had about 20 minutes to kill on Saturday and there was a Michael's very near where I was when coming to this decision. So, I went in to Michael's simply to see if there was anything there that called out to me. I helped a very sweet but clueless middle-aged woman decipher a pattern book and a pattern therein for a fuzzy hooded zippered cardigan (I believe) and even bit my tongue when calculating out that she would need at least 10 balls of Lion Brand Fun Fur (at $5 a whack) and that didn't include the Homespun it also called for, and she observed, "That would make an expensive sweater." Yes, ma'am, it would. Welcome to the world of Money and the Handmade sweater.
And then, I picked up the Paton's Carmen
, and the stuff got velcroed to my hand (note to aelfsciene
: Doom. They do have non-neutral colors after all). I could *not* put it down. The stuff is softer than it has any right to be, being 100% synthetic--it feels like angora. It's probably a good thing that the Michael's didn't have the Wine color, or I would've had to buy it. Instead, I picked up four skeins of Steel on the excuse of making a scarf (and possibly a hat, now that I have realized I probably only need 2.5 skeins to make a scarf) for my near-sister/cousin, Kristina, for Christmas, because I HAD to buy it to work with. Had to. Must. Going to.
pointed me at some eBay crack last week: some user with multiple auctions for 4.1 oz (152 yds) of handpainted, bulky-weight, 100% Iceland merino yarn, which I saw and immediately fell in love with. I decided I Must Buy This Stuff and make a sweater with it.
I hope to dear God that her yardage is correct, because based on that and the yardage info in The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
, I should only need at absolute most about 1100 yds of it to make a multi-colored, color-shifting sweater, or about 8-9 skeins. I'm getting 10 skeins (2 skeins each of 5 complementary colorways) to make it with. And I will cry like Nancy Kerrigan if the yardage is completely off and I don't have enough when all the auctions are said and done with.
In pursuit of this goal, though, I successfully bid and won 6 of the 10 skeins of this stuff yesterday.
- Purple-Gold-Green-Soft Blue
- Plum-'Teal' (which looks more greyish violet to me)
There will hopefully be a couple more colors between #2 and #3 when actually in the sweater, unless I change my mind and decide to go with a couple more skeins in a different colorway whose auctions are still going on (along with the other two colorways I definitely want).
No one else reading this should find and bid on the stuff this week so I can get the yarn and win it!