Originally, I named this Succubus ‘cuz it literally sucked the life out of me…not that the 20-row pattern is difficult to memorize or stitches many. Still, it took me way longer than it would have, a lifetime later…Silly, I know.
I started this project some early spring, about six years ago, brief duration after moving to Oregon…and ran out of this luscious silk/mohair blend yarn, only half the way through. That was pre-Ravelry, pre-blogging time of my knitting life. No documentation. No progress photograph. No pattern notes written down. No yarn label saved. Every time I went on a road trip, I would look for its mate, even a close match…with all the leg work, running around from shop to shop, city to city, state to state…not a single solution.
My faith started to waiver when I became restless, seeking to fulfill a need to finish. I came close to giving up on it completely and start afresh…give it another life, sharpen a pencil and do the math. When I showed it to my Thursday Weekly Knit-Up circle and chatting about possible alternatives with sweet Jewel in January, a Eureka moment struck.
Why not transform it into a donning cute, infinity cowl/scarf? With functional buttons to add interest and give an option of wearing the double-wrap cowl as a scarf? At the end, after unventing one-repeat of the lace pattern, I decided to go with simplicity–by grafting both ends together–and let the lace work shine its glory.
Less is more.
Finally wrapped it up on my way to Portland, dropping off older teen at her best friend’s home in Newberg this morning.
The scarf still needs a final finishing touch when I get home in a week. I will steam block the piece to give it drape (but not overdoing it)…stretch slightly to set stitches. There will be another…this time maybe in gorgeous Arcadia yarn by The Fiber Company, soft around the neck and drapes like a dream. The only challenge is choosing from the amazing range of colors.
When my best friend calls to make afternoon plans, I know just the scarf to wear on our girls’ day out. The soft lacy pattern adorning this dreamy scarf give it a gentle feminine flair that’s perfect for a casual-cool outfit. The rich tone-on-tone red hues (not as bright and orange-y as pictured) will add a wink of beautiful, cheerful color to my stone-wash denim or a causal cardigan. Looping this look around me as I head out the door, I’d smile in excitement for my stylish adventure! Do you have a favorite accessory piece, knitted or otherwise?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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