You can probably hear me sighing from my perch in the Library as I post this.

It’s been a trial and error- mostly error- time with Anthony’s scarf.

I love Caron’s products. I always make items super cheap with their stuff and I found all the yarn for my friends’ Christmas presents through Caron.
I went with the tried and true: Caron Simply Soft. Then I looked to the left and saw “Simply Soft: Eco” and thought it was worth a try. It was the same price as the Simply Soft but was just a little bit softer.

I first tried a simple garter stitch but I didn’t like how it looked so I decided to try a rib stitch but I hated how that looked and finally settled on the vertical scarf via garterstitch. Mom said it was a beautiful effect when turning the stitches so they appear as vertical stripes on the yarn.

THEN (yes the mistakes continue) I started knitting but found that it was too short. When I went to graft another piece to it, the seam was so ridiculously clear that I couldn’t keep it like that and respectfully give it to him.

So I frogged it… all of it…

Then I made the swatch and figured out how many stitches I’d need for it to be 6 feet with the needles I was using.

After casting on 300 sts, I found that the sts were completely crammed on the circulars I was using. I dealt with it until my mom’s metal circulars BROKE.

Yup. They broke. The nylon just separated from the metal part of the needle in a clean break. It was saddening but I dealt with it and went out and bought a new pair of bamboo needles to repay mom for her loss and I got me a pair too.

I lost one stitch in the process of trying to get the yarn back on needles. Luckily I picked it up the following row so, while there’s a tiny hole where the stitch was lost, I didn’t lose all that much ego boosting quality.

Having 300 sts on the needles is a bit daunting and I’m finding myself wishing I hadn’t put so many on, but I just keep plowing through and finish every row one at a time. I don’t think about how many rows I have left… and if I’m tired I remember that Anthony is going to be so happy with this scarf (he already is and he’s not seen it yet!).

I’m so far around 16 rows. I’ve got about 10 more depending on how wide I want it. I’ll probably stop when it reaches about 6 inches wide since I feel like a scarf doesn’t have any quality unless it’s thick and wide- better to cover you up in the cold weather!

It’s perfect timing too. The semester is over in just a couple weeks and then Anthony is going abroad- hopefully to some cold countries!- and will be taking the scarf with him. We’ve recently been getting some seriously cold weather and we’re expecting our first snow in Milwaukee so I’m hoping to have it done for him tomorrow so he can start wearing it and hopefully keep warm and comfy while braving the many wind tunnels that populate UW-Milwaukee.

I promise I’ll post pictures as soon as this sucker is done. It’s taking a lot longer than I thought it would. I’m glad to be making it though. I love the feeling of seeing their faces light up when I give people one of my presents. There’s such a gratifying look on their faces that just lights up my life regardless of my stress level.

Yup… pictures will go right here!

Anthony’s basic black scarf
Size 10.5 needles
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco. Colorway Black
Bought at Joann Fabrics and Crafts- Brookfield WI.


Who wants a hat?

I’m going on a spree of getting rid of my scrap yarn. I have giant amounts of yarns that I’ll never think of what to make out of them so I think a hat spree will be a good idea. I’m planning on working on them after I’m done with a friend’s Christmas present, and Anthony’s scarf (Thanksgiving weekend I’ll be done, my friend!)

So… 15 dollars for a crocheted hat sound reasonable? I think I’ll start working now and sell them as I make them.


Throm Designs may be going international!

A friend of mine whom I met on the message board for The Matches, a band out of Oakland CA., wrote on my wall yesterday:

“I want you to make me a hat.”

I thought about it for a few minutes and decided it might be a fun idea. He’ll be the first boy I make something for and it’ll be the first time that my designs could possibly be in another country, let alone another state.

While I’m working on a generic scarf for Anthony, the crocheted Flappy Hat is a design of my own making, which makes it feel even more like mine than anything I’ve ever made. He even said he would only wear it because I made it- which made me blush but… you get the point!

In any case… I’m wondering how lucrative this endeavor could be. My friend said he was considering the transaction- by paypal-ing me the cost of the hat and I’d ship it across the pond to England for him.

I find it very interesting that people are willing to pay extra for something that they could easily get for 10 bucks at Target, but the fact that it comes from someone they know and they know it’s not going to be mass-made, they always want to go for it instead…


I never thought this could happen…

I’m actually running low on supplies.

I’ve been knitting like a madwoman lately whenever I can get a chance and I’m actually running low!

Two of the M’s presents are done.
I made an orange headband out of my hand-dyed Orange Koolaid yarn (post and pictures to come!)
I’ve made two hats out of the gorgeous red yarn
I made Quincy out of some left-over white yarn (**Currently for sale… if anyone is interested)
I’m working on Gryffindor and Hufflepuff
Anthony’s scarf is about a foot and a half done and I haven’t had the time or the inspiration to continue working on it… Sorry, Anthony!
Graham is still being worked on. I’ve not had time over the last couple of days to get a single stitch on the needles so I’ll have to really get working on that this weekend if I want to be able to wear it any time soon.

I’m still a little behind of where I thought I could be right now. I wanted to have all my x-mas presents/friend’s creations done by now but I’m still scrambling. Christmas is over a month away so I know most of you are wondering what’s wrong with me that I think I’m behind schedule, but it’s just how I am!

In any case, I have about 4 full skeins of yarn from my Christmas extravaganza, and those are for two people, T and C. I’m still contemplating what I want to do for C because I’ll want to make hers long- requiring the yarn be held single, not double. Luckily Caron doesn’t make yarn with dye-lots so I don’t have a problem with multiple colors seeping into the yarn. I’m thinking a simple K1P1 Rib Stitch will suffice for her… thought it’ll take me longer to do.

Then with T’s scarf, I need to wait until I finish Anthony’s scarf… because Anthony’s is on the needles that I need for T’s.

Then, last night, I came to realization that I have about 5 or 6 skeins of the old brown that I wanted to make a sweater out of and 1 blue. I’m thinking a vertical striped scarf with a blue outline or a brown hat with blue crown, brim and flaps is in order soon.

I guess I’ll have to do an inventory when I’m done with the Christmas collection. Hopefully these yarns can last me until Seattle so I can go crazy with buying lots of yarns!


Anthony Wants Anything

I started this blog at the beginning of the semester, and I’ve made a friend in Anthony, a guy in two of my English classes this semester. I told him about my blog and how I love to knit and he said, “Do you have a black scarf? I’d buy it off you!”

I don’t have a black scarf in my current inventory. But I’m totally willing to make him one.

Anthony has an amazing idea for the end of his college career. He’s currently in the process of selling/giving away all of his possessions and has the plan to buy a plane ticket and is going to backpack across Europe.

I’m thinking that a black scarf will help to keep him warm if he’s in a cold country (he’s leaving in the middle of a Wisconsin winter) and will be small enough to stuff in his bag whenever he doesn’t need it. I’ll be presenting it to him as soon as I’m done and satisfied with it.

Once my size 8 needles have become free from their use of the Broadway Baby scarf, I’ll be starting on his scarf. He left me free reign on how the scarf should look so I’m going to go with whatever looks best with the yarn. I’ll be doubling up the yarn so as to make it look fuller and be more plush on the neck, but I’m not sure which stitch to go with, if I should venture into cabling, or if I should just make a simple K1P1 scarf and be done with it.

It helps, when making something for someone, to always have that person in mind; that way you won’t get attached to the item and not want to give it away. If you make something specifically for someone else, you won’t have that big of a problem giving it away (or in this case, getting the money for it!).