Rip rip rip it.
Sometimes a project just doesn’t work.
No matter how much we want it to, it just isn’t.
It’s the one row scarf by The Yarn Harlot.
I’ve made this scarf pattern a couple of times but this time it just isn’t working for me. I really wanted it to. I love this yarn and this color. I got a few rows in then I realized I have 800 yards of this particular yarn. 800 yards plus a little bit of another color will make me a spectacular sweater.
I’ll pick a sweater eventually. I have 3 on the needles that I really want to finish. Now you know I have more then 3 on the needles but these are the 3 I really want to complete. Someday I’ll tell you more about them.
Simplicity Pattern 5106 is indeed a maternity pattern.
I’ve had it forever and I’ve used it a bunch. A couple of times, I used it for it’s actual purpose as a maternity top. I really dig the shape of the bodice. I know I could probably find a new pattern that is similar. There have been cases where I have actually done that with an old pattern. But there is something about this one that I am now determined to make and redo this until it’s about perfect.
Most recently on IG you might have remembered the saga of getting a dress done for my daughter’s graduation. It wasn’t that I really needed anything fancy, it was that I wanted a new dress. I managed it but there are things about it I still want to change.
This top is the “muslin” I made in prep for the dress. I wanted the dress to be more polished and this top helped me to get there. I finally did all the hems on it the other day so I could wear it in all it’s imperfections.
It’s comfortable but it could fit better. You can see that in the back mostly:
Which is funny because you’d think the front maternity part would need the most help. You can see I had to put an extra seam down the back to help with some of the fit issues. These issues were adjusted in the dress but I still had to put a tie back to make the dress feel more fitted and less maternity.
Well. I’m now on to the next step and I’ll be making myself a new pattern out of this old one and seeing about making some back darts to compensate for fit. Or maybe I’ll make it out of a knit fabric and adjust the whole thing smaller (except the armholes which were a problem that I have fixed). Maybe definitely it needs pockets for a work smock and then I don’t need back darts at all. I like a loose smock for work. So many options in one pattern.
Stay tuned. This isn’t the last you’ve seen of this maternity pattern. Though, at the moment I do have my 10th Dress No.1 and my 12th Washi Dress, cut out waiting to be pieced together. Don’t think I’m not acquiring new patterns, I’ve purchased 6 new ones in the past week (when there’s a good sale at Joann’s I’m there). I just get happily stuck in the old and making the most of one pattern when I love it.
I warped my loom at the end of winter and would weave a bit here and there when I had time. It wasn’t a project that I needed immediately so I took my sweet time getting it finished. After all, who needs a wool scarf in the middle of summer? Not me.
Well. It’s done now and I immediately want another.
I used 2 skeins of Spunky Eclectic Panda Sock yarn in the colorway “Brass to Sass”.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but this is my favorite yarn to weave with on the rigid heddle to make luscious garments. I’ve used it a bunch in our weave club and also for my own projects.
Ashford 16 inch Rigid Heddle loom
3 yard warp
Finished Scarf is 84 inches long (not including fringe) and 11 inches wide.
The fringe is about 12 inches long on each end. SO MUCH FRINGE
I didn’t use all of the yarn I had. Most of one skein went into the warp but there is about 60-80 yards left of the skein I was using for the weft. So if you plan on making a sock yarn scarf like this I would still get 2 skeins of sock yarn just for safety’s sake. Overall my estimate is that it used about 800 yards of fingering weight.
I’m lazy sometimes.
I make singles and then it sits there.
I need bobbins so I ply them and then they sit there.
I need the bobbins again so I skein it off and then it sits there.
Every so often I take a bunch of yarn and wash it. It’s just a simple soak in wool wash and warm water. It really doesn’t take any particular effort on my part. I just don’t often do it until I need the yarns or I run out of space.
I did just that and these are the resulting yarns.
Colorways L to R: No Mud No Lotus (SE Club), Pajama Party, Internal Fire (SE Club)
There weren’t a lot of yarns that needed to have a simple wash but I wanted to use one of the skeins so I might as well do them all.
And now that I’ve taken pictures of them lined up, I’ve changed my mind. Why? The yarns look good together. With just 2 more colors, these yarns could make a great Less is More style gradient. These will be set aside until I come up with a couple more yarns.
I’ll wait for kismet to come up with them for me. I make so many 4 ounce skeins of yarn in this general grist that I’ll just wait it out and then cast on for a sweater. Maybe I’ll finish up one of the UFO/WIP’s in the meantime.
Sometimes it seems like I so rarely do more weaving then test weaves for the club or for classes I’m working up a curriculum for. Yet, sometimes I manage to get in a little bit here and there. I have a bunch of looms available to work in the shop but there’s only 2 looms that I call my own for personal projects and this is one of them. My Ashford Rigid Heddle 15 incher.
They come unfinished and since I like dark woods I stained it a pretty walnut. I’ve had it for a few years but don’t always have it set up as I really do consider it a non-work loom. A girl has to have these things.
The current project I have on it is shaping up to be a favorite. I dyed 2 skeins of Panda Sock in “Brass to Sass”. It’s going to be a large scarf for myself when it’s done. My personal projects do go slowly sometimes as I have to set them aside for work ones but this one will surely be done by the time the weather turns cold again. Though I find this yarn woven like this and worn loosely can be a good scarf for cool spring nights as well.
Once I finished knitting that big sweater project I decided to work on shawls. Which both turns out are newer projects. We don’t need to talk about the 5 or 6 sweaters that are already on the needles or the 4 or 5 shawls I have waiting for me, I’m working on these.
When I have a little more brain power after work this is the one I work on.
It’s a Forest Canopy Shawl made in Spunky Eclectic Treadwell gradient dyed yarn. The colorway is the new one of the year called “Candy Coated”. I’ve made a few Forest Canopy Shawls previously so this pattern just needs a small refresher and it’s back in my head again. It doesn’t hurt that I just keep working for the next color change. It helps keep me moving forward. I might have to choose a new color and do another when this is done. It’s like potato chips. Just one won’t do.
I’m feeling much the same way about this shawl. I want to do more than one.
This is a simple granny triangle shawl. No fuss no muss. I’m making it in Spunky Eclectic Targhee Classic which is a worsted weight yarn. Its going to be a fun warm shawl/scarf when it’s all done.
And when it’s done, I’ll cast on for another! Or maybe we’ll see about finishing up another older project….