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12 January 2013

Scarves for Grandmothers

These two scarves were made as gifts for the grandmothers this Christmas.  Both were relatively easy to make, and I just used yarn I had on hand, as it wasn't doing anything except waiting for the right project to show up.

 This one came from Mrs. Micawber's Recipe for Happiness.   The pattern has a fantastic tutorial and comes with both charted and written instructions.

It's a narrow scarf that can tie in a variety of ways. It is a fast pattern and isn't picky about yarn size. I would say, though, that you should stay away from highly textured yarns for this pattern because the "lace" part of Queen Anne's Lace would be totally lost.

This scarf pattern can be found only as a ravelry download. It is called the Leafy Lacey Scarf, and it is written by Anette Bak.  It also comes with a really good tutorial.

As with the first scarf, a textured yarn would be a poor choice.  I worked this in a sport weight yarn, and I am really happy with the size.  It is easy to adjust the length on this pattern, though I just stuck with the recommended number of "leaves," and that worked for me.

Largish Doily

I'm working on a thread doily for my cousin to use in her upcoming June wedding. She has opted to use several doilies for her reception tables, and I LOVE the idea.

She selected this pattern. The site is a little obnoxious to me and requires registration, but I haven't received emails from them since I first signed up.

I initially used size 10 thread with a size 5 steel hook, but it was a little too loose, as seen in this photo. I started over with a size 7 hook and got much better results.

I took a pretty good break over the Christmas season, at which point I was gifted a few Jo-Anne gift cards, and I treated myself to a very nice set of steel hooks. The good news is that the hooks are comfy and high-quality; the bad news is that they don't include size 5 or 7. I went with a 6 and had no trouble.

 Here are a few photos of progress. I'll make a few more notes about construction when it's finished.