The first thing I have to do is acknowledge the prize drawing I won a few weeks back. During the Back to School Bash I hosted a comment-a-thon to raise money for the Houston Pittie Pack. The money I donated went into a drawing for a scarf that Madi’s mom crocheted and donated as a prize drawing. After all the raffle money had been collected Puddles was selected to do the drawing for the scarf and I won! In addition to the scarf the package came with a lovely card that was custom-made just for me and said that the scarf would give me a hug every time I wear it. I will also never be able to put it on without thinking of Madi and her mom.
I tried to enlist Charlie to take a picture of me wearing the scarf, but even though he is great at some photography, portraits are not his thing. I decided to display the scarf on my mannequin instead. I wish you all could feel just how soft this scarf is. Not only will it keep me warm, but I love that it isn’t scratchy either. Being a new hooker myself I can really appreciate the effort that went into making such a beautiful piece. By the way Charlie likes that the scarf is in such neutral colors so he may even wear it some this winter too.
A few weeks before I won the scarf, and before I even thought about trying to win it, I started working on my own crocheted scarf and matching hat.
Originally I picked up this yarn thinking I would make an afghan, but I loved the softness and decided some winter accessories would be more practical. I also want to make some hats for the Warmth for Warriors project and thought it would be a good idea to practice on one for myself first.
The hat is fairly simple and worked in the round. That means you start at the top with just a few stitches and keep adding stitches in a circle around it. I love the way this yarn makes stripes as you go. That is even more pronounced with the scarf.
The pattern I used for the scarf was adapted from a hooded scarf pattern I found in the February 2012 issue of Crochet World. It uses a large stitch they call a “V” stitch and worked up quite fast. I used two skeins of yarn to complete this. I still have a few skeins left and plan on making a pair of mittens to complete the ensemble.
|Deborah Norville – Serenity Chunky Weight – Color Stormy|
I think that this winter I will not only be warm, but look good too. Thanks Madi and Mom! I love my scarf (and might have a difficult time keeping Charlie from monopolizing it)!