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.


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!