Sunday, August 30, 2015

I passed the test! Come see...

Yay!   I broke through my funk last weekend and finished the test crochet of the Sail Scarf I've been working on this month.  I had been calling it a sail shawl, but it's much too small to be a shawl - I think even for the tiniest person.  This is a long sail-shaped triangle that can be styled in any number of ways.  Here are just a few I came up with:


Except for loosely tied (above), it will probably require a pin to keep it on as it's so fly-away light. 



 




The yarn I used is Loops & Threads Woolike (fingering weight) in the colors Denim Blue and Charcoal. If I were to do this again, I'd reverse the order of the colors.  The widest end of the scarf is the most prominent, and I would have preferred to have that be blue now that I see it finished.  But there are all sorts of ways to wear it to get the blue to show so I'm happy enough.
 
I've heard some mixed reviews on Loops & Thread worsted weight acrylic, but there seems to be a fairly universal appreciation for this fingering weight acrylic yarn.  It is soft and easy to handle.  My favorite way to use it is to double it and make a squishier and loftier fabric - I've made a number of thicker winter scarves with it, but I wouldn't hesitate to use it again on a lightweight scarf or lacy summer shawl.  My only complaint about this yarn is that I wish it came in cleverer colors, but even more than that I wish it came in heathers.   If they expanded their colors and/or made this in heathered colors I'd be over the moon in love with it. As is, I can't recommend it enough.  In my opinion...anyone who has uses for a fingering weight acrylic yarn needs to at least sample this.
 
To my knowledge Woolike is only available at Michaels and unfortunately they never seem have it in stock on-line, and when they do they require it be purchased in bundles of three.  So, if you want to try it out, visit your local Michael's store.  It costs 2.99 for a 3.5 oz skein of 678 yards!  Seriously...I don't know how they make money on this yarn.  Use a 40% off coupon and it's almost embarrassing how inexpensive this yarn is.
 
Well, enough of my going on and on about Woolike yarn.  While I have permission to post pictures, I'm thinking I can't really share any other details about the shawl.  Hopefully the pattern will be posted to Ravelry soon.  I will link to it then. 
 
Now, if no one minds me indulging...I couldn't seem to stop taking pictures:


 
 
 
 


 
Can you tell how happy I am to be done with this?!?  And I'm actually pretty pleased with the scarf.  Can't ask for any more than that!
 
Check out the weekly progress of other YOPers on Ravelry.  Seeing what the other Year of Projects participants are up to is a great way to start a new week!
 
 


18 comments:

  1. Very pretty - post as many photos as you've got! I see what you mean about reversing the blue and the grey, although perhaps with the more neutral colour prominent it'll accessorize better with more outfits?

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Lynn. And that's a great point about the gray being more neutral and possibly more versatile. Another reason to be happy with it. :)

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  2. Your scarf is pretty and your photos are fantastic! You seem to be getting the hang of your camera just fine. The lighting and plain background really make you focus on your lovely scarf. Congrats on being done with your test knit!

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    1. Thanks, Ann. I'm still very much playing with the camera (without solidly understanding what I'm doing), but just learning to manipulate shutter speed, the light meter and the ISO is truly transforming. Long way to go, though. I still had to do a little touch up on the computer with a few of these pics. I'm just enjoying being able to get pictures in light that before I could only shoot and hope for the best.

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  3. I love photo filled posts! Gives me a greater perspective of what fellow bloggers are working on or have finished ;)

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  4. The shawl is gorgeous and I'm so glad you worked through the funk and got it finished. So what's next?

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    1. Ahhh...I see...no rest for the weary. lol Actually, I'm taking a day or so to consider. So many things call...

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  5. I love that scarf and crocheted too! You are an excellent crocheter as your stitches are just beautiful...it can't all be the yarn...lol! I do love the colors too. I wish I had a Michael's to go to but alas there is not. I have to order everything online. Please do let us know when the pattern becomes available on Ravelry as I definitely want to make that one!

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    1. Thanks Sam! I'll post here when the pattern goes public.

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  6. Beautiful, the photos are lovely and I love the two colours. I see what you mean about the reversing of the colours, I love blue and so that would be my choice too. But the grey is gorgeous too and will probably go with more things!

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    1. Thank you, Lucy - for liking the photos and the colors I chose. :^)

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  7. What a beautiful scarf, and I love that colour combo!

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  8. Oh, I really love this. Glad you powered through and finished it! I'm an enormous fan of mid- to dark-grays, so I think it looks fabulous even with less blue. Really looking forward to trying the pattern once it goes public! The stitch design is really speaking to me. You do lovely work :)

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    1. Whenever the pattern goes public I'll post a link on my blog to it.

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