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In my last post, I mentioned that I had begun the Tracing Shadows scarf using the shadow tracery stitch pattern and Patons Kroy Sock Yarn in taupe and dark grey. After working on this project for a couple of evenings, I had the same ambivalence about this color yarn that I had when I tried to use it for my crop circles project. I laid it down and never picked it up again!
Instead, I decided to gather all the tiny leftover balls of yarn that I had used for the 20 pair of mitts I had made over the holidays. Using a slightly different order of colors, I finished this new scarf project in two evenings! Of course, you can use any color order that you prefer and make it as long and as wide as you want it. Just remember that your puff stitch row must always be worked on the wrong side of your fabric.
When we moved into our house 3 1/2 years ago, we had just given up traveling in our RV for 7 years. Aside from what we had in the RV, we had no other furniture or possessions. It was a real challenge to purchase everything that we needed for home living in the first few months!
Our house had been built in 1987 and still had the original beigy-pinky formica counter. It was chipped in places and had a build-up of grease in other places that was so thick I needed a paint scraper to remove it! A thorough cleaning didn’t make it look much better. My husband promised me a new counter but as each year went by, somehow one project after another took priority. We managed to make the kitchen look much better by painting, replacing the floor and appliances, and adding a cute window treatment. I purchased a stainless steel cart at Ikea and used it as an island. Each time I wanted to use an item from the cart, I had to wash it since it had collected dust and dog hair.
Well, finally my day has come! Last Saturday we visited Advanced Granite Solutions and picked out a granite called Uba Tuba. You can see this color in the demonstration kitchen below.
Then I went to Kountry Klassic Woodshop and gave them the specs for my new island. This island will be very narrow and have glass doors on both sides to solve the dust problem. The granite engineer is coming tomorrow to measure and work up a template for my new counter. If all goes as planned, I should have a new granite counter, a stainless steel double sink, a new garbage disposal and a new island by the end of next week! I’m doing the happy dance here!
So now that I’m going to have this beautiful counter, I definitely wanted to replace my canisters. I had purchased my old canisters at Ikea and they were so small that I couldn’t get a measuring cup inside! Each time I tried to scoop out some flour, it ended up on the counter and the floor. Being the computer addict that I am, I Googled “ kitchen canisters” and discovered that a lot of folks loved the big Anchor Hocking glass canisters. I found them at Wal-Mart for $9.95 each and immediately purchased them and had them hold the items for in-store pick-up. As so often happens with my on-line purchases, I did not look carefully at the product specifications. Imagine my surprise when I picked them up and found that they were HUGE! Each canister holds 2 gallons! It was all we could do to fit the three of them into the shopping cart!
In the photo above, you see my old canister in front of the new ones. It looks like I will be buying in bulk from now on! But all kidding aside, these big hefty jars are gorgeous and I think that they will look great on the new counter. I never used that corner of the counter anyway!
For several weeks now, my friend Rose and I have been setting aside a day to take a nature walk. We normally meet around 10 am and spend a couple of hours walking, then we have a light lunch. This has not only been good for my body, but has enabled Rose and me to forge a strong friendship. There’s nothing like discussing the riddles of the universe while enjoying the gorgeous fall weather.
This week we went to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center in Hunt Valley, MD. I had been there many times when my children were younger but had to reacquaint myself with the center and the trails.
Above you see Rose at the entrance to the center. We chose a beautiful day, just after a rain. The ground was wet but everything smelled clean and woodsy. I hadn’t remembered that Oregon Ridge had a hen-house.
Inside the enclosure we found some lively chickens and a very dignified but shy turkey. Rose set about feeding the chickens grass but when the turkey came over to get some, the chickens pecked at him so he retreated to the back of the enclosure. Rose was finally able to throw some leaves through the mesh wiring on the top and the poor turkey managed to get his share!
Oregon Ridge was once the site of an iron forge. Surprisingly enough, the ore was dug from a huge pit in the ground right on the premises. Now a rustic bridge spans the pit and all you can see are trees and shrubs but we were both amazed that an operation like this was taking place in our area. One of the homes of the workers has been restored and is open for tours on designated days.
We hiked the trail to the top of the ridge and had a great view of the new Chestnut Tree project. The gypsy moths have decimated the chestnut trees in the area. Volunteers have since cleared a large portion of the summit at the end of the trail and re-planted the area.
There are various other foundations on the grounds, evidence of forge buildings and activities. Rose and I explored one of them after our hike.
Inside the nature center visitors will find a large window looking out onto the woods. Several types of trees and shrubs are identified with numbers and descriptions so that you can look for them as you hike the trails. The various rooms in the center contain exhibits including a working beehive, several native snakes and turtles in aquariums, and small interactive stations for children. Photos of the history of the forge line the walls in the hallway. As with most nature centers, Oregon Ridge offers many events throughout the year for hikers and families.
Once we finished exploring the center we discovered that we had worked up an appetite! Off we went to Wegmans at Hunt Valley Town Center to graze the wonderful offerings at the buffets.
A little project finished
Didn’t these turn out cute? The pattern for the fingerless gloves can be found here. As for the neckwarmer, you can get the pattern here: Flared Ribs PDF Pattern
The neckwarmer is worked in ribbed stitches so that it drapes nicely over the shoulder under a jacket. The turtleneck will keep you warm! You can wear the buttons in the front or on the shoulder. I used Martha Stewart Craft yarn for both. It’s funny, folks had been complaining that this yarn was only offered in pastels but I found this deep Sailor Blue at Joann.
Here we have the completed Vienna Scarf. The pattern is available in Kim Guzman’s book, Tunisian Cables to Crochet. This scarf took me about a month to make and I hate to admit it, I worked on it for hours most days. I have to say that I am disappointed. The amount of work that went into this project was not worth the result. It is clearly my fault. I tend to crochet tightly and this caused all kinds of problems when working with alpaca yarn. This was probably also responsible for my inability to identify my stitches. In addition, I think I chose a pattern that was not in line with my abilities. While I did manage to complete it and the scarf looks okay, I should have started with something simpler in a smooth yarn. Kim’s design is beautiful and probably very well suited to her expertise. I have enough yarn to make the hat but I am not planning to do that now, maybe in the future.
But on a more cheerful note…
This scarf turned out just beautiful! I used the yarn I had planned to use for another Tunisian cables project, Plymouth Select DK Merino Superwash, but I am tired of Tunisian cables for the present. This yarn has wonderful stitch definition and is a dream to work with. The weight was just right for this project even though the pattern calls for a lighter weight yarn. I just worked fewer edging rows so that my shawl is more like a scarf. For me, who rarely wear shawls, this was a great solution. I can drape it over a coat or tie it at the neck. I also added a row of spike stitches to the top edge to finish it off a little, And for all its great looks, this scarf was very easy to make. The Staggered Shells Wrap is available on Ravelry for free!
Lucky me! I had enough yarn left over to make these delightful little mitts. In fact, I was able to make two pair, one for me me and a set for my friend. The pattern, Seamless Fingerless Gloves by Cult of Crochet is not free but is only $1.66 in American dollars on Ravelry. You can download it directly to your computer. Again, a very easy project with great results.
I’ve always avoided making gifts for my daughters as they don’t seem very interested in wearing anything crocheted. This year, however, I’ve decided to make each of them a scarf and a pair of those cute mitts. I know that they both like the fingerless gloves. Both of them are no-nonsense young women and would not wear anything lacy so I have come up with two patterns. My younger daughter, who loves blue will get this scarf worked in Martha Stewart Crafts Yarn in the color Sailor Blue. The Martha Stewart Crafts Yarn I used is a wool and acrylic blend and feels very soft. Unfortunately, it has a bit of a tendency to split. In addition, there are knots throughout the skeins. On top of that, it was expensive, $7.49 a skein at Joann. I will probably use this yarn again, though. It has such a wonderful hand.
I found this beautiful pattern on Ravelry also. Worked in post stitches, it has a woven effect but at the same time is much more airy than most post-stitch projects. The designer, Jenny, has graciously allowed me to use her photo since I haven’t started my scarf yet. This pattern is available for $ 3.99 at Etsy. I will be using Caron’s Sheepish by Vickie Howell in off-white for this scarf and mitts set. Sheepish is acrylic but looks exactly like the Sheeps Wool I used not long ago for another project. It is soft and does not feel like acrylic.
As I mentioned in my last post, I was browsing through the stitch dictionary looking for a highly textured stitch. I wanted something thick for a scarf and beret project that I had in mind. Not long ago I had purchased 3 skeins of Vanna’s Choice yarn in one of my favorite colors, gold. The silt stitch was just the ticket. It is easy to work but results in a nicely textured fabric. It almost has the appearence of crocheted cables.
Swatching the Vanna’s Choice was not so much fun. At one point, I decided to have the design run lengthwise so I had to rip out all the rows that I had crocheted crosswise. The yarn began to pill quickly. In addition, it also began to separate. This yarn seems to be much thicker than most worsted yarns. Some people love this yarn. I finished my project but I will not use it again. You might want to try another brand of worsted weight yarn. You will find that the scarf fabric will skew slightly as you work, making it necessary to block the finished project. In this case, blocking really gave the scarf a professional appearance.
The trim on the ends of the scarf is very easy to work. I made this trim up myself but I don’t have any illusions that it is an original stitch pattern! I wanted something that dangled a bit but I didn’t want fringe. This little edging is the compromise. If you don’t like the trim, you can simply work your 6 rows of single crochet and end it there.
The beret is also worked in the silt stitch, this time in the round. You will be turning your work after each round because the silt stitch texture is all on the reverse side of the row. A narrow band of half-double crochet stitches finishes off the beret.
I want to add a word about pattern accuracy. I have proofread this pattern numerous times. I even let it rest for a week and then looked it over once again to be sure that it is accurate. The only way to get complete accuracy is to have somebody else make the pattern. So please, if you encounter a problem, I need to know about it so that it can be corrected!