Friday, January 16, 2009

Scarfing & CraftyPod

The other night (actually now a week and a half ago ...) I heard this pink yarn* calling to me.  I dug it out of my stash, flipped through all my pattern books, and decided to make a simple filet crochet checkerboard scarf.

Sometimes I just need a simple, repetitive project to occupy my body and the front of my conscious mind while I let the rest of my mind wander.  It's very close to meditating for me.  This yarn is so silky and fluffy, too.  What a dreamy baby yarn.  I'm kinda sad the whole skein is gone.

During my scarfing, in addition to letting my mind wander, I listened to Diane's latest podcast interview with Kim Werker on CraftyPod.  If you're a crocheter like me, you're probably very curious about her recent departure from Interweave Crochet and the fact that she sold her website Crochet Me.  Wonder no more!  The podcast has the skinny on the changes and much, much more.  I strongly urge you to listen.

Does it matter that I'm not a pink kinda girl or that I already have 800 scarves?  No, I didn't think so.  Ha!

* I don't know what kind of yarn it is, but I'm guessing it's a baby weight acrylic.  It was part of a gifted box of yarn I got from Shannon of Birdstar.  Thanks again, Shannon!
10 Comments leave a comment

UK lass in US said ...
Oh that looks cosy. I'm not a pink kinda girl, but you've still given me crazy thoughts about wanting a scarf like that. I'm trying to remind myself that it's too darn hot for scarves here and that just a second ago I posted that I was trying to avoid craft stores. If I end up yarn shopping today I'll blame you...
1/16/2009 11:58 AM

Shannon said ...
Yay! You're so welcome. I'm glad it became something beautiful. I've been having a lot of reminders about my grandmother this week - that skein was left over from a baby blanket project I did when she was teaching me how to weave on a loom. I think it's kind of cool that it's part of another person's life now too!
1/16/2009 12:56 PM

sulu-design said ...
Speaking of crochet... I thought of you when I checked my first crochet book out of the library yesterday. I'm going to teach myself, and have your inspiration to thank!
1/16/2009 3:24 PM

Jackie said ...
Yummy! Looks like cotton candy. It makes me want to make something besides purses. Something pink and fuzzy. . .
1/16/2009 7:40 PM

Sister Diane said ...
Hey, thanks for the shout! Your new scarf is lovely, and a girl can never have too many. :-)
1/17/2009 1:22 AM

Jennifer said ...
Looks so delicate and beautiful. love love love.
1/17/2009 6:33 AM

Joanne said ...
I just stumbled across your site and LOVE IT. What fantastic work you do! I'm a busy newlywed, in the beginning of a high-stress (but wonderful!) career and am STRIVING to keep everything in balance by letting my creativity and craftiness take the lead in my free time. Your blog is just the inspiration I need! Thanks!
1/19/2009 3:02 PM

If you never wear it you will undoubtedly have a friend who loves pink who has a birthday, right? Viola! Now you have saved $ on a gift. I just love watching the no spending on craft supplies challenge in action.
1/24/2009 9:58 PM

Taylor said ...
I absolutely adore your site! I found it through Stumble Upon and am having issues leaving it, you're so amazing! I was wondering where to find this checkerboard pattern though, I'm running into problems finding it anywhere and I really love it. Is there a place you could recommend to me?
9/13/2010 1:22 PM
futuregirl replied ...
Taylor ... Aren't you a sweetheart?! The checkerboard is just a series of double crochets and chains; typical filet crochet. Basically, make a row of double crochets with a count divisible by 3 and then add 1. Row 2: dc, then chain 2, then dc 4, then chain 2, then dc 4, etc. Row 3: dc 4 (the middle two will be in the chain space below), chain 2, dc 4, etc. When you start a row, chain 3 and that will count as the first dc of the row. Make sense? :)
9/13/2010 2:00 PM


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