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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

twisted cable scarf

i started early on xmas gifts this year. i actually started in january, making a mental list of things i'd like to make for a select few. i have always been a proponent for handmade, homemade presents. there's just something so quaint, and damnit, THOUGHTFUL about those kinds of gifts. granted, i like all kinds of gifts but when i know that someone took the time to make something, that's special.

having said that, i rarely, rarely offer to make someone something. that is just an added pressure to produce, and to do so in a particular timeframe. and i only allow certain people to make requests from me, and even then, it's still an added pressure. i find there's not much enjoyment in making anything when there's a deadline attached to it, when there's an expectation. just saying. now off my soap box ...

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so for grandpa, i made him a twisted cable scarf. for as long as i can remember, grandpa liked to look his best. he ironed his clothes every morning, his slacks had straight, sharp creases and his hair was always combed accordingly. so i had to make sure that the scarf held up to muster. i kept it relatively short (45") because i don't ever recall grandpa ever doing the whole wrap around the neck thing, he would just fold it over and keep it under his coat.

he lives in san jose, ca now, which does get kinda nippy. despite his advancing age (i think he's around 86) he likes to take walks everyday. and now he can sport this scarf. :)

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just a note ... i had a hard time with row 8. i emailed the person who wrote the pattern but she didn't get back to me. i had a friend help me:

(3 sc, sk 2 FPdc below(here they are just telling you to skip two front post double crochets on the row below), FPdc around third FPdc below (Then front post double crochet around the one all the way to the left in the first set of three), FPdc around middle FPdc, FPdc around FPdc on the right, sk 3 sc) three times. 3 sc, ch 1, turn.

for some reason, i had the hardest time understanding this row. i put the project down in frustration for a week but once kirby explained it all to me, it just made perfect sense and it was smooth sailing from there.
what crafts are you working on?

10 comments:

  1. I'm excited for the coler weather, scarves and cardigans are my favorite thing about autumn... and the crisper air, changing colors and anticipation of the holidays. Okay so I can't just say one thing...

    I love the cables, you did a great job!

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  2. Lan, it turned out lovely! I'm so glad I could help you.

    You stitching is beautiful!

    Kirby

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  3. I love it! That's one thing I wish I would have learned from my grandmother before she passed away. I've tried to teach myself, but being left handed, books have never been very much of a help.

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  4. I LOVE the scarf! The colors you chose and the cables are gorgeous. Your Grandpa will be looking very sharp on his morning walks!
    P.S. I have not forgot about the baby shoes pattern. I will email it soon. Sorry it has took mo so long!

    Big Hug,
    Michelle

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  5. I took up knitting this year - nothing fancy, just scarves and have made 8 of them so far. And yes, they are Christmas gifts. Usually I make jewelery to but I am running out of time as I will be away for a month and a half. I also do tonnes of baking and some canning. People seem to appreciate the canning goodies and the baking more than anything else.

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  6. Jen - thank you. it was 64 this morning and it's only 68 now. i am lamenting the warm weather! i love the colors of fall but cannot stand cold weather. :( i think i will treat myself to a skull hat soon.

    kirby - thank you thank you thank you for your help! :)

    dragonfly71 - i learned how to crochet from a friend one afternoon and everything else has been online thru videos and detailed descriptions. i can email you the links i've been to to learn. not sure about the left handed part tho....

    michelle --
    take your time with the pattern! :) i have a few projects right now before i can tackle the baby booties.

    maya -
    wow! you knitted 8 already?! it takes me soooo long to knit, usually a year/project. i have thought of canning but i saw it being demo'd on tv once and it looked hard!

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  7. just wanted to say thanks for posting your notes on the scarf/headband pattern. I was really at a loss how to make it work, but reading it in plain english really helped out! Your scarf for your grandfather is beautiful. I hope he's still enjoying it.

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  8. hi Lori, glad my notes helped you! i hope your end product turned out well!

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  9. hi Lori, glad my notes helped you! i hope your end product turned out well!

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  10. I took up knitting this year - nothing fancy, just scarves and have made 8 of them so far. And yes, they are Christmas gifts. Usually I make jewelery to but I am running out of time as I will be away for a month and a half. I also do tonnes of baking and some canning. People seem to appreciate the canning goodies and the baking more than anything else.

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