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Friday, February 07, 2020

Starts and Finishes on the Road

 This scarf shawl........finally finished.  You might remember seeing it when I started it, then again after I ripped it out and started over........and finally it's finished.  It's unbelievable soft, probably more soft than anything I've made to date.  The yarn comes from 3 different yarn shops.  First purchased the lightest variegated (here in Columbus), then the darker version (Park City, Utah), then the yellow here in town, but a 2nd yarn shop, lol.  It's wide enough to be a shawl and covers shoulders nicely, but here I'm wearing it sorta more like a scarf.  I think in spring it will be worn more as a shawl/wrap/stoll and will be light, airy but helpful against air conditioning.  I used drop stitches with 2 yarn overs/wraps.  It's fingering weight yarn, size 5 needle.
 A few posts ago, I told you I had start-itis and really wanted to do something with some new yarn I had purchased.  After finishing the above yellow, I started this scarf.  It too is fingering weight yarn, but with this I'm using only a size 4 needle.  Simple 2 row repeat pattern which will produce a asymmetrical scarf.  LOVE LOVE these jewel tones.  The pattern was written for ww yarn and has you cast on 5, so I thought casting on doubling that (10) would make it wide enough to compensate for the difference is yarn weight.  I started this on the same trip but, believe it will take a while to finish.  Thinking if I were to do this again with this weight yarn I would cast on 15...so we'll see how it turns out.  I think the 10 would be perfect for maybe sport weight yarn.  But, I have enough yarn to make it long enough to wrap around at least twice so hoping it will be ok.
 This Afghan, Coffee Latte was started about a year ago and put away in the summer when I didn't want a heavy ghan on my lap.  Decided I needed to bring it along to see if I could get it finished.  I'm close.  The section at the bottom, closest to you is what's on the needles.  Need to finish that solid brown section, and then just have one more section of the variegated and it will be done.  Once finished it will donated through my charity, Bridge and Beyond.
 Worked on this scarf in the car on the way to Hilton Head and finished it the first week, so was able to wear it while there.  Love the bold color sections.  This is the same pattern that I'm using on the above jewel toned scarf.  This was very nice yarn to work with and went pretty fast since it's WW weight.  25% wool and 75% acrylic but didn't have the harsh feel that some acrylics do on your hands.  It's Plymouth Yarn Hot Cakes 404 yards and one skein made a nice size scarf.
Here you get a little better feel for the shape and size.  This is a king size bed.
**you see the yarn for jewel tone scarf and burgundy/black/gray scarf in the start-itis post.

What are you working on?  Do you like to knit or crochet when you travel?

36 comments:

  1. Sandy: You look adorable, the color of the yarns are refreshing, it does look soft and lite weight.
    The afghan is beautiful.
    Sometimes I have put projects away to work on later, somehow the cross stitch never gets put aside.
    The shawl on the bed is beautiful, I love the color blocks.

    Catherine

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    1. Thanks for the visit and sweet words Catherine, must appreciated.

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  2. LOVE those colours - and hooray for finishing projects.

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    1. It's been awhile since I've had a finished project so was pretty happy to get a couple while away. Thanks for the visit.

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  3. Your yellow scarf looks great with the top you are wearing. It is a good color for you. I laughed when you said you bought the yarn at different shops. There is only one true yarn store near me other than the usual craft stores. I really like that jewel toned scarf/shawl you are making. I hope the size comes out right.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Cathie, much appreciated. I know I'm pretty lucky having multiple yarn shops to play in. It's not so good for my wallet though, lol. Fingers crossed on the size of the jewel toned scarf, I also love the colors. Thanks for the sweet compliment on my yellow scarf.

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  4. Lovely scarf looks wonderful.
    Thank you for your visit to my blog

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    1. Thank you butterfly, appreciate the visit and kind words.

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  5. The yellow scarf/shawl is very pretty on you. The jewel tone is going to be gorgeous. I love the blues and purples though the same pattern in the worsted with the other colors is also very nice. The Coffee Latte I saw at the Bridge. It is going to make someone smile. Very nice job on all of these!

    What I'm working on right now is scarves. Right now, I'm dividing my time between scarves for you and Millie, and wee blankies for infant loss. Always something in the works. I only crochet. I've tried knitting but it doesn't stick. I have a loom in my closet that I really need to put together and try.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Sandie, much appreciated. I'm anxious to see how different the size of the two asymmetrical scarves will be given the difference in the yarn. Thanks for the sweet words. You and your hook keep very busy. I bought some of those round looms, but never actually used them and think from time to time I should. Then I sorta think maybe I gave them away...I can't remember, lol. Need to go look. If you try your loom good luck with it.

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  6. Thank you for visting my blog and leaving a lovely comment. All three scarves are super. The yellow one is so pretty and as you mention is great both as a scarf and a shawl:)

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  7. Thanks for the visit Rosie, appreciate it and your kind comments.

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  8. Dear Sandy
    Your scarves/shawls look great. It is always good to finish a project, particularly when the end result looks so good.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Thank you Ellie, appreciate the visit and kind comments. I hadn't finished anything in awhile so it did feel good.

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  9. Sure looks like you been busy with playing with yarns.

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    1. I really have, lots of yarn = lots of fun play. Thanks for visiting, much appreciated.

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  10. So many beautiful projects! Love all the beautiful yarn.

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    1. Thank you Margaret, so nice to see you here.

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  11. Always great when projects get done. Congrats. Sure big when viewed from the king sized bed.

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    1. Right you are, getting things finished feels good. Trying hard now to finish the Coffee Latte Ghan, thanks for the visit, always appreciated.

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  12. Sandy, I do some of the round looms but the loom I'm talking about is a different kind. It sits on a table for weaving. I think it's a child's size version if I remember correctly. It's still in the box.

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    1. YOu should take a picture of it and blog about it. Might be fun to try something new. Thanks for clarifying it.

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  13. The scarf is wonderful and looks super on you. Believe or not even in Florida I carry a lightweight cardigan any time we go to a restaurant even in the summer. I call it overzealous air conditioning.

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    1. I'm with you completely. I like air conditioning, but there's reason it needs to be so cold and uncomfortable. Thanks for the visit and sweet comments, both are appreciated.

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  14. Hi Sandy
    I don't knit or crochet when travelling as I'm usually driving (ha ha) but my sister says it passes the time for her when her hubby drags her off on long road trips. Your scarf looks wonderful and will be really useful I'm sure.

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    1. Thanks for the visit Margaret, much appreciated. Yeah if you're driving no time to knit or crochet. Hubby does all the driving, so I get the craft time.

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  15. Sandy,
    Love the shawl scarf especially the colors!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks for the visit, always nice to see you.

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  16. Congratulations on finishing it! It's gorgeous, and great colors for you too.
    Stay warm and comfy, Sandy.

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    1. Thanks for the visit and kind words Robyn, always nice to see you here.

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  17. Congratulations on finishing it and sticking with it... some Projects don't come together as effortlessly as others and it's so easy to give up... it turned out really Cute and looks Adorable on you!

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm sitting here wearing the yellow one right now. It's soooooo soft, so I;m glad I kept at it.

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  18. Your scarf shawl is lovely, I really like the colours. I always take some knitting with me when I travel but I must confess that I never really get much knitting done when I'm away.

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    1. Thank you Jo, so nice to see you. I tend to get a fair amount done when away, as I knit while hubby's golfing.

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  19. Hey Sandy! I love your crochet work, you are really good!
    I LOVE to crochet, LOVE it! I haven't had much time lately to do anything great, just made a few scarves for friends and a few dishcloths. OH! And I like to buy washcloths from Target and crochet around the edges and give those as gifts! I find that quick and relaxing.
    I would crochet in the car if I ever went anywhere! LOL!!

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    1. Thanks for the visit Kay, always nice to see you here. Hope you'll find some time so you can crochet.

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