The weekend went by entirely too quickly, but thankfully I have some nice memories of the events that occurred…
Kathy and I made plans in early November to meet up – once and for all. She and I have been blog friends for two years, and she lives only 20 miles north of me, but until this weekend, we had never met! We missed each other year after year at Maryland Sheep and Wool, and despite our best efforts, we also missed each other at this year's Stitches show. So, we resolved to set a definite place and time for a meeting, and it finally happened!
Kathy invited me to her Baltimore home on Saturday, and we chat, drank delicious tea, and even knit a bit for the entire afternoon! It was a wonderful time, and we hope that two years do not pass before it happens again!
As you may recall, Kathy was the leader of the Norovember knitalong. She has created some lovely Noro garments and accessories herself, and was even working on a beautiful scarf while we were chatting. She presented me with the lovely Noro Shinano yarn that I won during the Norovember contest. I am thrilled with this colorway, and thought it would make a great Edgar or a Wavy (like Caro's), and possibly some wristlets.
Thank you, Kathy!
Saturday's crafting involved scrapping things together… literally! I went through my stash, gathered up my leftovers, and samples from Yarn of the Month Club packets, and decided to make another version of the Rapunzel scarf (inspired by Anthropologie's Winter '05 collection – I guess I am behind the times?). I made version one for Project Spectrum March – a nice mix of pinks, and reds. Version two was not color specific, so I threw in ribbons, leftovers from finished objects, and samples of all colors. I love the results!
The tassels are long, unruly and kind of messy, but it is a fun and funky scarf, so it goes with that aesthetic.
Can you identify any of the yarns in the scarf? (click to see larger)
I measured the threads and leftovers to about 6.5 feet. The cutting and measuring took about one hour. I tied a huge knot in one end, and Kris held it while I made the big braid. The hardest part, just like braiding hair, is getting out the knots and the tangles. A wide toothed comb came in handy! Next time I do this, I will probably avoid the mohair leftovers, as they tend to tangle into everything else, and cause some problems. Word to the wise…
There are so many ways to use up your leftover yarns, and to recycle ribbons, embroidery floss, etc., It is like an oversized friendship bracelet! It also makes for a quick and unique gift. If you decide to make one too, let me know!