With Just a Tweak, Something New Entirely

When is a scarf more than just a regular scarf?

When it has hood like capabilities!

A friend and I tossed around this idea at work one day and I couldn’t bear to leave this challenge untouched.  It was simple, really.  Maybe you don’t want to don a hat on those cold winter days , but want to keep the cold wind off of your ears.  We wanted a scarf that you could wear over your head without it actually having a hood nor being as wide as a wrap. 

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What do you call that a HARF? A SCOOD?  Okay, none of those names work. 

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Thankfully she got a picture of it in action and was kind enough to let me share.   For sure, I will make one for myself on the next go round, but I’m going to need a lot more yarn if I want to cover the fro!

-Nizzy

With Just a Tweak, Something New Entirely

Let’s Go Flyers!

They say If you are in/around/near Philadelphia or even know someone from the city, you better pretend like you are a Philadelphia sports fan or else get booed!  Philly sports fans are all about their sports teams.  Even kids, little old ladies, and the fan’s own mother are subject to disapproving looks if found rooting for the enemy other team.

While I support the teams, this is a project made for someone else.

This project came out of a discussion with some co-workers over which sports team has the best logo.  One guy thought the Philadelphia Flyers had hands down the best logo and thought it would be a fun and challenging to come up with a logo scarf for him.  He rather enjoyed my husband’s storm trooper scarf.    The Flyers logo is good, but I think Miami Heat has the best one.

I’m not a fan of the team, but the logo says they are in the business of burning up the net with all the shots they make.  Unfortunately, it’s true, but don’t get me started on my Miami Heat/NBA rant.

Here is a list of the top 100 (way too many) best logos that we viewed during the discussion.  Which team do you think has the best logo?

-Nizzy

Let’s Go Flyers!

Thursday’s Three Things

Triple T!

One thing I do miss from the personal blog that I used to keep is “Thursday’s Three Things”.   When I would remember it was a Thursday, I would post three brief, random things that I was thinking/feeling/wishing for at that moment.  I think I need to bring it back since I miss it so much.  And look, how convenient: It’s already Thursday!   This is mainly a craft blog, but I won’t promise that all three things will always be craft related and I won’t promise I’ll post every Thursday.  

  • Bad, Bad, Nizzy.  A new knitting magazine added to the stash.  You should be slapped.  Now go home and immediately throw away one magazine without looking at it. 😉
  • I hate being cold, but being outdoors with a wonderful and wooly Dr. Who scarf makes the cold just a tad bit more bearable.
  • Just discovered crafting and audiobooks.  What an awesome combo!
Thursday’s Three Things

Geek Craft: Storm Trooper Scarf

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My husband is definitely a Star Wars geek.  On the other hand, I haven’t seen the entire original trilogy. But, since there is no escaping the Dark Side of the Force, I figured I would join and knit him a scarf with a storm trooper motif.

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To keep it from curling a bit and to hide the intarsia/stranding on the wrong side of each end, I lined it with flannel. It’s so warm I almost want one for myself.

May the warmth be with you!

-Nizzy

Geek Craft: Storm Trooper Scarf

NO-velty Yarn

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I do it to myself all the time.  I see fuzzy yarn, sometimes in the bargain bin, and I say “Oh, that looks so cozy and warm!”  I buy 2-3 skeins and throw it in the stash pile.  I revisit the stash at a later date and this time think “What the heck am I going to make with this stuff!?”.  I always fall in love with some of those novelty yarns because of their fuzz factor, softness, and/or color, but then end up holding on to it forever because I can’t think of a suitable project for any of these yarns.  I need to learn how to just say NO!   So, I’m determined to get them out of my stash and not just by gifting them away.  Challenge Accepted!

Meet Beaded Bouclé.  I picked up two skeins of this at Joann Fabrics as one of their exclusives.  Bouclé is a very annoying knit to begin with so add some beads and that makes it all the more troublesome.  At least its texture can hide mistakes because ripping back to fix is next to impossible.  Instead of a basic rectangular scarf, I went with a simple collar shape.   The finished project is so comfy I think I wore it all day for three days straight.

**ETA**

This pattern is adapted from Sally Melville’s Wear-As-A-Collar-Scarf found in Scarf Style.  I’ve omitted all the other yarn cast ons, changed a few rows, and type of yarn used.  I used two skeins of a discontinued Bouclé from Joann Fabrics (NOT the Rainbow Bouclé).  Unfortunately, I cannot find the yarn information for it, but if I can find it I will update this post.

Cast on (CO) 36 stitches.

Row 1: Loop CO 2 stitches, knit to end of row – 38 stitches.  Turn work.

Repeat Row 1 thirty-five (35) more times – 108 stitches.

Row 36: Loop CO 3 stitches, knit to end of row – 111 stitches.  Turn work.

Repeat row 36 until piece measures 9″ from CO edge.  Bind off.

-Nizzy

NO-velty Yarn

The Craftcation is Over

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Ahhhh!!  The Holiday Break.   I’m so sad to see it end.   I had tons of fun hanging out with family and friends, eating good eats, a great time relaxing and catching up on sleep, and I even threw in a little quality craft time.  Of course the holidays aren’t without its drawbacks to break up the party: fussy shoppers, catching a bug, and a couple of days of work, but I barely remember those parts of it.

Just before Christmas I finshed up 3 of these wonderfully easy ruffled scarves.  They were so quick and simple I think they will make great birthday gifts.  Don’t be surprised if you get one! 😉

-Nizzy

The Craftcation is Over

Cables…in RED!

Here’s a hat and scarf of my design knitted a few months ago and gifted to a co-worker.  My very first set!  I usually don’t bother with knitting a set because I am using yarn from my stash (still trying to cut) and probably don’t have enough of the same kind to make one.

The red was not intentional for the holiday season.

  • Fiber: Red Heart Soft (100% Acrylic), Cherry Red, Medium Weight (4)
  • Yarn Care: Machine wash warm, gentle cycle; tumble dry; do not bleach; do not iron; dry cleanable
  • Weight/Yardage:   5oz (140g), 256yds (234m)
  • Gauge: 17st x 23r = 4in(10cm) on size US 8/5mm needles

-Nizzy

Cables…in RED!

Column of Leaves Scarf

Hey ya’ll!

I’ve actually been occupied with TV and Taiji lately so much so I only get snatches of craft time.  I’ve been making sure I’m definitely caught up on all of my favorites (Hoarders) and my guilty pleasures (Single Ladies, Bridezillas, and I hate to admit Basketball Wives).

*Sigh* I’ve still got that stash of old unfinished projects that I am working my way through, but I have to feel “in the mood” to work on certain projects.  I just like to go with the flow.

My mood led me to finish up my Column of Leaves Scarf.  I love the color, I love the yarn, and of course I love the pattern.  I’m still trying to decide if I want to gift this one or not.  The pattern is pretty easy to memorize once you get going.

Pattern Source: Brook’s Column of Leaves Scarf

Yarn: Uruguay DK (70% Merino/20% Alpaca/10% Silk) (50g, 124yds)

Colorway: 09

-Nizzy

 

Column of Leaves Scarf

Finished – Nizzy’s Wavy

Occasionally I do FINISH a project.
pattern from http://www.knitty.com

 

 I surely don’t remember when I started it, but I do know I finished this on 28 June 2010.  Now there is more room to start another!  

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Tweed, Black, 3 skeins  

Needles: US8  

Pattern source: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwavy.html  

Notes:  Decided to make another scarf for the boyfriend [now husband :-)], as the first scarf I made for him was a little too short.  The designer suggests that you use a row counter and I highly recommend it.   I frogged this thing about 3 times because I lost track of where I was. 

   -Nizzy

Finished – Nizzy’s Wavy