I find it humorous that just last Monday I wrote a post about “rainy days & Mondays” featuring a number of shawl patterns, since the weather had gone from scorching hot to rainy cool. But just since Monday the nation has become gripped in a severe heat wave. Our brief respite from the heat in Colorado was short-lived as it will be back in the high ’90s this weekend. I was surprised to see that “faves” and projects on Ravelry for the Ridgeline Kerchief have been on the rise, perhaps because so many are suffering in the heat and need a way to keep their hair pulled back to stay cool. I’ve been doing some Leslie Sansone walking exercise segments and can see that my own kerchief will come in handy for controlling my hair during the workouts!
Photo copyright Classic Elite Yarns
During a day of rain earlier this week, I pulled out from stash all of the Red Heart ‘Symphony’ yarn that had been there for awhile, and decided to create some soft scarf and hat sets to be donated to the charity clothing drive Snug Hugs for Kids that I contribute to each year. The scarves were made using the Royalty Scarves pattern and the hats are striped variations of Crochet Hat. These projects were done on a size K/10.5 (6.5 mm) hook (larger than called for in the pattern), so for the hats I worked to 60 sts for the crown and reduced down to 48 sts for the last few rounds for a closer fit at the brim:
After that there was still more ‘Symphony’ yarn left so I started an Easy-Crochet Poncho. I was pleased with the results of the color arrangement on this Scrappy Soft Poncho version, even though I wasn’t sure that the gray and rust would go together but surprise, they did!:
Still, there was even more ‘Symphony’ yarn left, in a soft gray-green color. The perfect project for the remaining yarn seemed to be the Emerald Isle Lap Blanket, which is published in the new book “50 Knitted Gifts for Year-Round Giving” scheduled for release on Tuesday, July 23. I’m enjoying knitting another of these, my third so far (a prototype version, the sample for the book and now the soft ‘Symphony’ version):
Emerald Isle Lap Blanket by Kathy North from “50 Knitted Gifts for Year Round Giving,” published by Sixth&Spring Books. Photography by Jack Deutsch and text copyright © 2013 by Sixth&Spring Books. Used by permission.
I’m anxiously awaiting the publication of the Classic Elite Yarns fall collection which will include two new DBKN designs. In the meantime, yesterday I discovered this hat design contest for the “My Mountain” line of yarns from Schachenmayr (more info on the My Mountain Facebook page.) I enjoy entering design contests, and this one seems extra fun. The question is asked “What’s your mountain?” If I should be asked in conjunction with my design entry, my response will be: “My mountain is progressing from designing easy accessories in basic shapes to more complex garments with patterns written in four to six sizes. My first full-blown garment design (publication forthcoming) was definitely a mountain high challenge — it will be refreshing to return to where I started nine years ago with the relative simplicity of a hat design.”
And yes, it does seem humorous to be writing about scarves, hats, ponchos and ski wear in the middle of a July heat wave!
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