Another scarf was finished this morning (my FAVORITE so far).
Pattern: Arugula Scarf
Size: 2" x 80"
This is the third of this pattern that I have worked up; and other than adding more initial chains (due to the lighter weight yarn, I chained 300 to get the length to 80"), I followed the rest of the pattern exact.
It is SO light and has almost a lacy weight to it, and the colors should blend nicely with any color. I can totally see this as an accessory to jeans and one of those adorable cutesy T's that are all the hit lately.
I ended up using just a tad more than one skein of some el'chipo yarn from a bargain bin.
Yarn label info: "Flamme" 75% cotton, 17% acrylic, 8% polyamide. 50gr / 197 yards. Made in Turkey. It doesn't mention any yarn weight, but it has a "2" feel to it.
Then, feeling just a wee bit ambitious, I ACTUALLY ventured downstairs to the sewing room. LOL. No quilting was in mind though.....
My MIL sent me on the mission of working up some crochet-top kitchen towels for some craft fairs she has coming up this Fall. She says they "sell like hotcakes," and last year she was asked over-n-over again by customers if she had any to sell. She didn't; this is one craft she doesn't do. I think she would get some made up from one of her neighbors, but the lady didn't provide any to MIL last year.
My kitchen-towel venture was attempted a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't liking the unpolished look of my first few. The crocheting bit was easy-peasy, but it was the attaching-to-towel part that I wasn't satisfied with.
My first trial was to simply stick the hook through the towel fabric about 1/2" below the cut edge. Eh.....it was alright, but I was worried the top may eventually fray off from the towel. [[Can you say 'christmas gift to family' this year? ;) ]]
My second trial was to use the method shown here (tutorial), but after stitching along whole edge, I didn't care for how the front or back looked. I thought maybe folding the edge over and seaming it with the sewing machine would work.
Well..... it sorta did, but didn't. The seam was WAAAY too noticeable! [[Yup, another Christmas gift will be heading to some lucky family member! LOL]]
So.....REVERSE THE ORDER, Amy! Seam first!
So, that's what I did. And then, using a blanket stitch (which I knew how to do after watching this tutorial!), I attached the yarn to the top of the towel, hiding the turned over seam so nicely :)
Then it came time to needing buttons. I simply FORGOT to look through my MIL's button stash the last time I was at her house! Duh. However, one lil' amazing suggestion from the first video tutorial link (here it is again) had me working on my own crochet-buttons! Genius! I wouldn't have thought to do that!
And then, through no planning of my own -- it just happened from the way my tails ended up... I simply used those tails to attach/tie the buttons to the towels. SLICK!
On my latest towel, I tried tapering off the flap to finish off with a nice "V" edge.
So NOW, after a bit of trial-n-not-really-liking-all-parts-of-attempts, I think I have this craft licked. With Paul still snoozing away (he ended his last night of night-shift last night/this morning), I think I'll find a movie to have as background noise, and work on some more towels to actually give to MIL for her craft sales.
I think this qualifies for Kathy's "slow-stitch-Sunday." Right?
Happy Sunday everyone!