January 28, 2013

Yarning

Once upon a time, I thought I'd crochet myself some socks. I bought two balls of sock yarn and found a pattern to download.

And made exactly 1.4 of the ugliest socks ever. I don't know if it was me or the pattern but this was a sock designed for someone with a large growth protruding from the top of her foot.

I did the only sensible thing: tear it all out and pretend it hadn't happened.

Now, what to do with two balls of sock yarn? I started a shawl. It made sense at the time.

My shawl pattern was chosen in part by the weight and yardage of the yarn on hand. Next time I do something like this, I probably should pay more attention to the finished measurements of the item in question. Maybe I would have learned ahead of time that my two balls of sock yarn wouldn't possibly make a shawl my size.

Maybe not.

I ran out of yarn. The shawl wasn't finished.

Since getting more yarn (fortunately I was working with a standard item from Jo-Ann, nothing fancy, so getting more yarn was actually an option) wasn't going to happen immediately, I started poking about for some other yarn-y project. It made sense at the time.

I've got some odds and ends from other projects so scarves and hats are not entirely out of the question. But did I stick with what I already had? Nope, I discovered Sashay.

Which is how Caitlyn got this scarf.
Caitlyn and a new scarf
I wish I could take credit for the ruffles. The magic here is all in the "yarn". Which is really more like ribbon or lace. It ruffles itself as you crochet with it.

Which makes me wonder: can you do anything with this stuff besides make scarves or trim the edges of something? I did see a photo of a ruffled pillow, but it's total cat bait. Such a thing wouldn't survive overnight unsupervised in our house.
ruffle scarf in a tree
When I got the additional yarn I needed for my shawl project, I may or may not have picked up a couple balls of this Sashay stuff in a more restrained color combination for myself. After all, it made sense at the time.


2 comments:

  1. A quick search on Ravelry looks promising for at least some options other than scarves and trip:

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ballerina-ruffle-skirt

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kelp-forest-shawlette

    I found these under the "pattern ideas" tab of the Sashay yarn pages. (Separate pages for multicolor and solids.)

    Multicolor: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/red-heart-boutique-sashay-multicolor/patterns

    Solids: http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/red-heart-boutique-sashay-solid/patterns

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  2. Thanks! Really like that "Kelp Forest Shawlette"... although I can't quite see it on me.

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