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A Couple of Finished Things

Posted by Janis on September 11, 2007

I wear scarves a lot. Not just winter, muffler-style scarves, but anything that wraps around the neck is my kind of fashion statement/accessory item. So this spring and summer, I made a few accessory-type scarves to add to my scarf wardrobe. The first was the bamboo one from Victorian Lace Today (how I wish I hadn’t made it in bamboo — so limp now). And in the past month I’ve finished two more: the Lacy Kerchief Scarf (curve already featured in this space), and the Montego Bay Scarf (IK Summer ’07), of tangled-skein fame.

Just had to do a front and back view of this one, even though it isn’t centered on my back very well. This is the first thing I’ve knitted besides socks that has really gotten rave reviews. Yes, I am bragging, as unseemly as that is. (Not only unseemly, but unlucky, as it will surely call down the wrath of the knitting goddesses upon my head. Oh yeah — that already happened with the skein of Sea Silk. So I’m good now…)

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With the Montego Bay Scarf, I ended up not like the braided fringe at all. I braided about 3 or 4 of them and thought “too fiddly.” So I decided to add beads instead. (I’m on a little beading kick, thanks to the Hanami Stole Knit-along. More on the bead store later.) I alternated silver foil and blue glass pony beads on the fringe and let the ends stay free. I’ll have to see how badly they fray over time.

So – about the bead store. Having a keen self-awareness as I do, I figured that going into a bead shop to buy beads for the Hanami would be an exercise in sensory overload — and I was right! I had waited and waited, knowing that when I did go, I would turn immediately into some kind of crazed bead fiend. (And I was right – mostly.) First, I did the right thing — I went straight to the seed bead section (gigantic) and looked at all the silvery ones. Prreeeeeettttttyyyyyyyyyyyy… Then, just when I was probably starting to look as if I might start eating them or stuffing them in my purse, an alert shopkeeper asked if I needed help. WHEW – boy, do I! I need 44 seed beads, size 8, with silver linings. She showed me 3 or 4 different kinds, patiently waited as I held them up to the light and muttered to myself over which were shinier, brighter, nicer, more uniformly shaped, etc… Finally I chose just ONE tube of them — what self-restraint! Then I turned around, bumped into the red coral display, and ended up with enough stuff to make a necklace, plus a few other little things to make earrings for a friend’s birthday and like that, you know… If you’re in St. Louis or coming this way ever, the name of this crack house bead shop is Lady Bug Beads. Enter at your own peril. It is too shiny and colorful and pretty for mere mortals to withstand its glittery allure. You have been warned.

(I apologize for the wanton plastering of my own image in this post. Next time it’s back to laying stuff out on the table.)

KNITTERS’ NOTES ON THE FO’s:  The pink one is the Lacy Kerchief Scarf from Interweave Knits Holiday Knitting 2006, made up in Kertzer Butterfly Super 10 mercerized cotton (DK weight-ish, color – raspberry?) on US #6’s – Addi Lace needles – yeah! It took just a smidge over 2 skeins. (Yes, I have an almost-full skein left — what to do, what to do…) The blue one is the Montego Bay Scarf from IK Summer ’07, made up in HandMaiden Sea Silk, color Periwinkle, on the same US 6 Addi Lace needles. (Love those needles!)

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5 Responses to “A Couple of Finished Things”

  1. Sarah said

    Janis,

    I LOVE the scarves! Gorgeous!!! Is the pink one the pattern from Victorian Lace Today? It’s a stunning pattern, whatever it is! Lovely colour too!

    Oh and I feel your pain with the never ending untangling. I can’t tell you how many hours in my life have been spend untangling yarn…

    Sarah

  2. ~k said

    The pink one is ab fab! I love it very much. I love your bead shop story, too. But haven’t you found that once you select the one tube of beads (or yarn, or buttons, or DMC), and get it home, it looks drab and lonely without all the other rainbow colors that surrounded it at the shop? So the last time I picked up some DMC floss, I decided to get the 24 skein variety pack, of variegated tones, no less. As if I am actually going to do that much embroidery! ha! Maybe I shall take up embroidered jeans again.

  3. That blue looks fantastic on you!

  4. Janis said

    Thank you, thank you — I’m blushing here in cyberspace. Sarah – I added some notes on patterns and such. I really should remember this is a knitting blog, after all! ~k — yes, exactly! One does yearn for all the surrounding color and bling… come down and I’ll take you to that place! Penny Karma — oh good! I was thinking of wearing it for school picture day on Friday and now I will for sure!

  5. I like the blue Montego Bay Scarf. It looks good with the blue jeans in the picture! How long did it take you to finish it? Happy knitting 🙂

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