Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Warm Things for the Neck, part 1
The other day I was commenting to Minnado that, like her, I have found these scarflets to be the perfect gift knitting pattern. OK, I think we used slightly different patterns, but the effect is essentially the same! Warm, fun, cute, stylish, work-appropriate [sigh, everything passes through that filter these days], colorful, fast to knit up ... really, it's perfect. I love both of these colors so much, it's making them hard to give away. I've already caved and kept the red one for myself, but the blue MUST go to my friend who already commented that she loved the color ... hold me to that, blog! Have a couple more that have come off the needles, but I think you get the general idea.
Pattern: Anthro-inspired scarflet (free Ravelry pattern)
So ... I hike about 3/4 of a mile uphill to work each day. And I have a choice: I could start off at the bottom of the hill, slightly chilly, and be completely overheated by the time I get in to work ... OR, I could start off at the bottom of the hill, freezing my arse off, and be just. about. right. by the time I get in to work.
I opted for the latter. Hence the "need" to make this scarf. Because the plan only works if I have a gigantic scarf, hat, and gloves to supplement the meager warmth offered by my denim jacket.
For this scarf I stranded 2 yarns together: one super bulky, fluffy, and marled gray and brown and cream; the other, a pretty blue and white self-striping sock yarn. Then I did a classic seed stitch on size 15 needles until the yarn ran out. My inspiration for the color scheme was this Free People cardigan:
It was suuuuuuuuuper cute. But it was also made with a suuuuuuuuuuuper crappy acrylic/wool blend that was pilling in the store, and that buckle detail I love? Suuuuuuper crappy pleather that was peeling in the store. Oh, crafting, what a quality snob you've made me! I just couldn't settle for something so cute that was so crappily made. But like any good DIY'er, I found a way to capture the essence and make it my own. With my own hands.
Stay tuned for part 2 of the Warm Things for the Neck series!