.......I popped into my local yarn shop a few months back......and suddenly I had walked out with a little bag stuffed with the happy colours.
A lovely bright turquoise caught my eye. I'm a sucker for turquoise and all it's surrounding shades. It was Sirdar's Supersoft Aran in Misty (914). It screamed at me to get it.
By chance, a lovely pink ball was next to it in another cubby hole. I thought they went together perfectly. This was Adriafil Regina in deep pink (045). Thoughts of a bright scarf were swishing about in my head. It did need another colour, and I didn't hesitate at what it would be. I searched around to find just the right shade of red that would go with the other two colours. And I found it in Drops Karisma (18).
I walked home, keeping peeking in my bag to catch a glimpse of the bright colours. Wow. They did not disappoint.
So, a scarf was whipped up. A simple scarf in a basic shell pattern. These can be found quite easily on a search online, both pattern form and tutorials.
I used a really big hook for the body. A 9mm hook made it work up nice and loose. Not too loose so that it looked all gapey, but big enough so that it had a nice drape and it kept its softness. It was extremely snuggly. The borders were simple and the contrasting colours really popped.
These are SO my colours, but as I was working on it, I had a thought. Another member of my family loved this colour turquoise as much as me. Her birthday was in December, so just about the right time to receive a nice soft, warm, snuggly scarf. Unfortunately, she has just started yet another heavy round of chemo. So, I thought a snuggly hat was needed too.
I wanted to use the same colours, but I wanted to try and stay away from 'twee', so I searched to find a nice stitch pattern that was a little different from the scarf. I found a pattern by Kandice Oster called The Meringue Kiss Hat. It was perfect. I know my relative wears beanie hats and I liked the stitch pattern on it. As I was working on it, it was looking like it was knitting rather than crochet.
So a hat was made to sort of match the scarf. I would have preferred to have made the main body of the hat in pink, but the Sirdar yarn was a little bit softer which I thought was important for a hat. The pom pom was loosely secured so that she could go with or without when she tried it on.
I'm hoping she'll love them, as much as I loved making them.
So, that was that. I have some great projects lined up that I'm so excited to make a start on. I just have to find the time. But it's fun thinking on them all. I like that.
This set was quick crafting, and it was a pleasure. I'll be using both patterns again I think. It was nice to work on it and not feel guilty, because I was making it for someone else and not myself. Time is still so scarce. I don't do well running at the pace that I am at the moment. Still, the projects in my head are making me buzz so that's all good!