Phew! I’ve been busy lately searching for a new apartment and such so blogging time was replaced with apartment searching, calling, appointment-making, etc (fun, fun). But, thankfully, the search is over and I won’t be busy again until about mid-Sept when we start moving. I’m really excited especially because we’ll be moving to a nicer area that’s closer to my job (and my job’s new location, come March of next year). We’re within walking distance to one of the nicest parks EVER! And the craft stores are in a good location as well. So once again, all is well over my way. So without further ado, my most recent FO:
Hoodie Scarf from d-made.com! This is my mother’s birthday gift, which isn’t until early Oct but I was really excited about the pattern I figured I get it done early. Plus, knitting on a deadline while moving is probably not a good idea. Where the heck did these time management skills come from!?
Pattern: Hoodie Scarf from D-Made.com
Yarn: Bernat Berella So Soft 100% acrylic in dark blue, less than 2 skeins
Needles: Size 8 Denise Interchangies
Mods: garter stitch edging on the scarf pieces
Woulda-Shoulda: Thankfully my mother doesn’t mind cheap acrylic yarns since that’s what she crochets with. So, no regrets there. Plus, a winter accessory should really washable. Stuff like that can get yucky pretty fast, and I know my mom would rather not be bothered with hand-washing. Secondly, for some reason my mind could just not accept this scarf’s construction so the garter stitch modification was my way of eliminating the wicked rolling on the edges. But I didn’t realize that the edge would be picked up and worked in 2x2 rib to help tame the edges. Read the pattern. Trust the pattern. The pattern is good. The pattern… is…. your friend…
And seriously, the pattern is good. I looked around quite a bit for a cool hooded scarf a few months ago and was disappointed. Then d-made came along and made everything all better. There's enough to this pattern to keep you entertained and easy enough to finish in a short period of time. Not exactly knit-stant gratification, but satisfying nontheless. Since this is my third FO from d-made I think that warrants an official link in the “Awesome Knitting Resources” section. So check out d-made’s quality, free patterns. NOW!
And since I’m on a roll with this gift-knitting I decided to start on my MIL’s birthday present which is in late-Sept. She’s getting socks made from some Knitpicks Simple Stripes. I'm following Knitty's Socks 101 tutorial for this, so it's nothing fancy. I’m about half-way through the first sock so it looks like I’ll be finished with this ahead of schedule as well. Nice!