Friday, August 15, 2014

County Fair Scarf

I did it!  With minimal crochet skills a few days hiatus from sweater knitalongs, I completed my County Fair Scarf by Claire Denny.  Why did I put off making this for so long?



I guess it was breaking into the whole crochet thing.  The recent Holla Knits Special Collection Knit & Crochet Along gave me the nudge I needed.  I have to say that I love trying something new like this.  I have zero expectations of myself and don't mind a bit if my finishing is messy.  But it isn't really messy looking is it?  

I made this using hook size J and Comfy Worsted in planetarium, whisker, and rose hip.




I had to omit the first row of granny clusters in blue (color A) because I saw that I didn't have near enough yarn for that.  Even with this mod, I ran short of yarn and considered purchasing one ball of comfy worsted from Knit Picks.  Yeah right, you know I was going to feel obligated to buy a sweater's worth of something at the same time.  Then I remembered I'd knit with this same color in sport weight for Umbre Lovre.  So I dug around under my bed and found my extra ball, doubled it, and finished the scarf.

This is a perfect example of why we must keep our yarn leftovers in every available space.



I also made a few blunders that were easily fixed after looking at Elsha's scarf in progress on ravelry.

I loved this little escape from the sleeve and 1x1 rib wasteland I was in.  It's also fun to finally use my clover amour hooks.  See them here, where I took a ridiculous amount of photos of crochet hooks.  But they're so pretty...



That's about it.  This was a quick project and so eye catching.  Of course I'm sweating like a pig for these photos but I toughed it out, even with a truck full of refinery workers, unloading to mow the vacant lots by my house, as an audience.

Other posts on this scarf: planning way-back-when and finally casting on .

5 comments:

  1. Look at you grannying it up! Love it. My mum is a pro grannier but I still haven't got the hang of it. I can do the basics though.

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  2. Hee hee! "Grannying it up." I don't think any phrase could describe me better at the moment. I'm under an afghan on the couch, just head and knitting hands sticking out, griping about not feeling like going anywhere while we watch tv.

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  3. Oh wow this is great! And I'm not even into crochet like that, I really love it. :)

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  4. Thank you so much, Heather! I wanted the sample colors, but I try to force myself to find alternate combos for some reason. I guess to see if I can. They totally grew on me as I knitted them, and now I'm glad I went with the dark blue and gray.
    This is a great weight for where I live, but the Yukon? I'm thinking you need to make one in wool. You can always justify this yarn purchase as being only 3 skeins (just make sure your skeins are longer than mine were) and only a tiny, little accessory. :)

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  5. Thank you, Dayana! I've really been wanting to crochet lately. I used to not like the look of it, but the more I see accessories and summer tops made from it, the more I want to do it.

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