Monday, April 7, 2008

Scarves Galore

I know...I know...it's been way too long since I last updated. But not to worry! I am still crocheting/knitting. Recently, I've been leaning towards knitting more after I discovered the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern online. I love that pattern so much I am working on my 3rd scarf. Usually, I get bored by a pattern after one time, but surprisingly I find this pattern to be comforting yet still interesting.

Projects made:

First Irish Hiking Scarf - Used 2 skeins of Patons Classic Merino Wool in Dark Grey Mix. This even included thick, fluffy fringe. It was the first time I ever made fringe, and I gotta say, I love it! It really feminizes the scarf and makes it so much prettier! (Pictures to follow soon, I promise!)

Second Irish Hiking Scarf - Used 2 skeins of Patons Classic Merino Wool in Chestnut Brown. Again, same pattern. I will gift it to my co-worker Debbie for her birthday next week. It's a bit sad that is beginning to get warmer here in San Diego, but I suppose she can always use it when fall comes around again.

Third Irish Hiking Scarf - Used a little less than 2 skeins of Patons Classic Merino Wool in New Denim. For my father. I think it will be a perfect match for his blue Dallas Cowsboys jacket. However, I will leave off the fringe in hopes of making it a more "manlier" scarf. I only have a little bit of yarn left, and I'm afraid it won't come out to 60" as I had hoped. The other two scarves were about 57" before adding 3" fringe to both ends.

In other news, I finally trekked down to downtown La Jolla two weeks ago and bought a bottle of Soak Wash from Neroli in La Jolla. It is a upscale lingerie boutique. It's a rather strange place to buy something intended for my handknits/handcrocheteds. The LYS nearby, Knitting in La Jolla, only carried Eucalan, but the bottle she offered me looked really old and disgusting. Sure, it was $5 for about 14 oz. but I decided to fork over the $15 for the better quality and better smelling Soak from Neroli. In the end, I bought the Limited Edition scent called Celebration. It is a heavenly smell. The best part is that you just mix one teaspoon of it with 1 gallon of water. Put in your clothing and let it soak. Then you just pour the water out and roll in a towel to squeeze out the water. And dry! No rinsing! Makes handwashing stuff much more enjoyable! :-)

Speaking of washing, it also led me to buy this sweater drying rack from Bed Bath and Beyond this weekend. I bought two so they can stack on top of each other to save space. It works better than the pop-up dryer I bought from Linens and Things. Unfortunately, that one wouldn't fit on top of my dryer, and when popped up, it couldn't seem to support the weight of a water-laden sweater without tipping over. But hopefully these ones will work out! I also got a fabric shaver from Target and spent an hour shaving my favorite red shrug last night. Am I a dork to love these laundry inventions?
In crochet news, my bf got me a pattern booklet at my LYS in Mission Valley. It is for making amigurumi Pooh & Friends characters. For amigurumi, it looks amazingly like the real Pooh! Luckily, I know I have some gold and red Patons wool in my stash that will be perfect for making Pooh.

A preview...


He also spoiled me with this Candyland Winnie the Pooh edition board game yesterday. When I was in 2nd grade, it was my favorite board game. And childhood dream to one day own it! Hehe.


So that's what I have been doing lately. That, and browsing Ravelry like a mad woman. Man, do I love that site! So many things to learn and read about!

1 comment:

Sue said...

Don't you love that Irish hiking scarf?! I'm sure to make another. Thanks for stopping by my blog and you've been tagged! Check my blog for details. Have fun!