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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A very frilly WIP

This morning when I woke up I opened the curtain to a really gorgeous sight:

It couldn't help but make me eager to face the day!

Last Sunday I went to a felting workshop at my local craft store.  It was really good fun, and a bit of hard work!  I made a bag and handle--but more on that on Friday.  While I was at the shop I couldn't help but have a browse, and I came away with two new balls of yarn.  The first one:
Colinette pure wool "sweet dreams"

I want to use it to make myself an ear flap hat like I made the girls (minus the pom-poms I think).  It was just too gorgeous to pass up, and it was in the clearance bin.  Yay!

The second ball is something I don't normally do--a novelty yarn.   It is called Tango by Woolcraft.  The shop assistant was sitting knitting a scarf with it, and she had me at the ruffles.  She assured me it was easy, "knit every row, skip the first hole."  I nodded like I knew what she was talking about.  Why I do this, I have no idea!

So I got it home and of course tore into it.  I learned two things rather quickly:

1) I had no idea what I was doing
2) I wound it into a ball thinking I was clever after the last tangled wool fiasco, but alas I didn't pay attention to the fact that it was flat like a ribbon.  So I actually twisted it all up as I wound it, and now I have to knit a bit, untwist, knit a bit more.  Live and learn.

The solution to my 1st problem, was YouTube.  How I used to live without the internet, I don't like to think about.  The video I used is here.  And it is, in fact, very simple.  I just needed a bit of help to get going.  

So that's what I've been up to.  Here is where I'm hopping:


  1. That is a cute and unusual scarf!!

  2. Those ruffle scarf yarns are fun - so easy to get such a cool effect (I had to watch a bunch of how to videos too!)

  3. I have been dying to try one of these novelty scarf yarns, yours is gorgeous! Love the colour!

  4. Lovely scarf! I agree, I don't know how we got along before the internet.

  5. I love that look, just not sure I could do the knitting required. Off to watch the video!

  6. Those ruffled scarfs do knit up very quickly and yours is very cute! Isn't YouTube great!

  7. Very pretty! I really like the colors!

  8. Youtube is my best crafting friend too. Love your colinette yarn. There is nothing better than a workshop to make you feel inspired. I shall look forward to your post on friday xx

  9. That is a very cute scarf, but even though the you tube video makes it look simple, it still boggles my mind! I'm so used to wrapping the yarn around that I don't think I'd know what to do if all I had to do was just slip the needle through the hole!

  10. Novelty yarn is a pain. I am glad you like it though. That first skein made me think of cotton candy it is very pretty. It will make a beautiful hat.

  11. The Colinette yarn colorway is lovely. I have crocheted with a similar novelty yarn, Bernat Boa. After the initial sobbing, the projects come out to be quite pretty.


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