White. Such a clean color. Crisp, fresh, soothing. Much of the nation is covered in white at the moment (snow is drifting down from the sky here) but indoors I’ve been seeing white in yarn and thread.
DD’s birthday is almost here. For the past few years DH and I have been away at a favorite ski resort during her birthday week, as DH prefers to ski in the off-season after the holidays. Unfortunately the week-long trip always interfered with DD’s actual birth date so we were either on the road or just returned when her special day arrived. But this year was different.
Because there is another trip planned for later this spring (a trip to Walt Disney World with Disney-loving DD and hubby as our personal tour guides) the annual ski trip was omitted. That meant we were finally home to celebrate DD’s birthday together, so we arranged a family lunch at a local restaurant. I ordered a special cake for the occasion to match her fave Disney-theme pattern: white polka dots on a red background, as seen in Minnie Mouse‘s dress fabric.
A few weeks ago, DD bought some white yarn at Michaels and requested a long straight scarf. I knew just what would be the perfect pattern for her yarn choice: my SOS (Special Occasion Scarf). I knit, wrapped and kept it a secret until the day came for the birthday celebration lunch. When she opened her gifts after the meal, she immediately wrapped the scarf around her neck and wore it through the rest of the celebration. Since the scarf has been receiving “likes” and “faves” on Ravelry and the Designs by KN Facebook page, it seems there are others that love the scarf as well!
The yarn DD chose was Lion Brand Yarn “Vanna’s Glamour.” Due to the light weight of this particular yarn, I went down to size US 6 (4.25 mm) needles and increased the stitch count to 38 for width. After blocking, the scarf measured 6″ wide by 64″ long.
Here’s DD wearing her new scarf while opening a gift: red & white polka dot accessories that fit the Disney theme!
The birthday cake featured white polka dots too
After the festivities were over and our weekend houseguest (DM) returned home, I was too tired to do much more than browse through craft books in my personal library. For some reason I kept returning to the thought of the number of balls of bedspread-weight, size 10 cotton thread accumulated in stash over many years:
I ended up browsing page-by-page through various titles that featured thread projects, titles such as “Better Homes & Gardens White Crochet“, “McCall’s Needlework & Crafts Country Crochet“, and “Reader’s Digest Crochet Gifts for the Home.” At one point my eye fell on a crochet motif for a tablecloth. Since I was too tired to do much else, I decided to try stitching just one motif before falling asleep. I located my crochet hook organizer that holds steel crochet hooks, some of them vintage ones passed down to me from my paternal grandmother, a master thread crocheter in her day:
Pulling one ball of thread from the shelf and armed with a size 4 steel hook, I proceeded to work up one motif:
The next morning I started another:
I doubt I will ever complete an entire tablecloth like the one shown in the “Country Crochet” book, but for now it will serve as an interim project to work on while the snow flies outside and I wait for public release of new DBKN designs scheduled for publication in 2014 (speaking of snow, I just noticed that this particular motif resembles a snowflake!)
Here are some other white project ideas from the DBKN files:
Chain of Love Bookmark
Twisty Lace Basket Trim
Touch o’Ruffle Table Mat or Dishcloth
Vintage Wheel Squares in thread (with multicolor centers)
Lacy Baby Hat
Beaded Pulse Warmers
Holiday Motif as an ornament
Even though today’s post is about white, I’m still looking forward to release of a new design (coming soon) in the color featured in the previous post: blue!