Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Treat scarf ta-dah!!!

Soooo....yippeeeee!!  I have finished my scarf and I have actually worn it too!  I am so excited about this little project - I have loved everything about it: I love the yarn (Sublime cashmere, merino, silk), I love the stripes (hooooow long did I take to decide on stripes???), I've loved making it up, and I love, love, love the long, swingy-ness of it.  Hurrah!
So, would you like to see it in all its stripy glory?  I hope so, cos here come the photos....!
And here it is being rather cringingly embarrassingly modelled by a headless me; see, it's long and swingy:
ooh, and now it's short and wrapped up.
There are three things I have learned from this project: 
1) it looked best when I did only one chain at the start of each new colour change, even though I was using treble stitch (if I did two chains, it made the edge wavy - shame I only realised this half way through...) 
2) I need to work out how to get all the right sides of the rows facing the same side - is this what frogging is?  (Why does that word sound a bit dodgy to me?)  In this project I have the rows going right side, wrong side, right side (you get the gist), but I don't think it matters as you can't see it really.  
3) When you're doing stripes in highly-contrasting colours like this, I don't think weaving the ends in as you go works very well, because you can see the old colour yarn through the new colour row.
You live and learn...
It's not just me that's been a crafty bee lately either; middle nut came running out of school the other day waving this rather lovely little objet (check me out, a French word - ooh lah lah):
Willow weaving?  In Reception?  Brilliant!  This lovely fish now hangs proudly on our bathroom wall, and every time I look at it, I think about how proud I am of my boy, for so many reasons.
I'm going to leave you with this slightly dodgy photo of a lovely book cover I found the other day:
I keep seeing variations on this colour combination and I'm definitely feeling a slight tingle of inspiration.  Oh god, mentally I'm moving on to my next blanket, even though I haven't even nearly finished my springtime throw.  I.  Must.  Remain.  Focused.  I have two WIPs at the moment: my throw and my secret Fimo-related project; and I absolutely must get on with them before starting something else.  I really, really must...x

12 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!!! So feeling the stripe love!!!!!!!! x

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  2. Oooooh I dunno about the anonymous thing other than when I click to follow it gives me the option of following publicly or anonymously. Have a poke about in your blogger and google account settings. There may be a box you need to tick. Also did you know you're a "no Reply" commenter? I tried to answer your comment on my blog through my gmail account and couldn't. You need to go into blogger account settings and tick the emaily bit.

    What do you mean by your point 1 and 2 of things you learnt? I think I need pictures to go with the description as I'm being particularly stoopid today. As far as i can see your scarf is gert lush and I would quite like to meet up with you for a cuppa so I could nick it off you ;oD. Only I wouldn't do it personally, I'd pay a professional scarf snatcher and I'd sit there looking all shocked and horrified.


    xxx

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  3. I love your scarf (and would be willing to trip up Cuckoo's professional scarf snatcher and steal the scarf!) and the fishy is wonderful!

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  4. i LOVE your scarf, especially the pretty edging...just beautiful.
    and oh my goodness what a fab fish.
    j x

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  5. You seriously started crocheting in February? I shouldn't read blogs like yours, they make me feel like a slow learner! I wonder if I could have a go at making a scarf. Was it a pattern or did you just, you know, go for it?(Please say it was a pattern, I can't cope with the envy if you say you just sussed it yourself!) I will check that yarn out, thanks for the deets. I really wish there was a good yarn store near me so that I could go and have a look-see and actually feel the balls (schoolgirl snigger). It's not just about the colour when you make something is it, it's how the yarn feels. I'm off to Newcastle next weekend so I might see if there is a good store I can stop by there.

    Hey, loving that I'm appearing on your blog list! How gorgeous is that, with the little photos too?! I might try that on mine - v pretty.

    Nicki xx

    (can't leave without saying what a clever little boy you have - that fish looks like something that would sell for £20 in an artsy shop in Cornwall!) Sorry for waffling on.

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  6. Cute scarf. I remember doing basket weaving at primary school in the 1970s. I loved it and have recently been trying to find a local course so I can have another go. It's funny what you remember from school. Enjoy wearing your scarf. x

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  7. Hey Emily :o)
    my friend chrissieA has left a helpful comment on my blog about right side/wrong side crochet which i think may help you out
    j x

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  8. I love your scarf, well done. Cute fish too. Liz :)

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  9. SUCH a gorgeous scarf.. looks so scrummy and soft. Love the fact you only used those two colours, makes it so eye-catching. I'm nearly finished on my japanese flower scarf... just need to get my bum into gear and get it Done!

    Ashley
    xxx

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  10. Hello Emily, so glad I visited your blog! I recently found out that 'frogging' is when you unpick stitches - you go 'rip-it rip-it rip-it' - get it? Silly but useful term...I look forward to reading more from you!

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  11. ha ha - I get it now, Chrissie!
    Emily x
    PS - do you have a blog?

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  12. No I don't...yet! But I am so inspired by the likes of you!

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