The most beautiful yarn, colorway inspired by the Ulysses Butterfly in Australia, has been crocheted into a scarf for my MIL. Lovingly dyed under the Australian sun by Solar Flair Fibres it creates the most amazing pattern using the Pavement Infinity Scarf stitches. Starting out it was creating nice diagonal stripes but the zagged for a bit before zigging and zagging in the most erratic butterfly way as it flits from flower to flower. The colors move in the newly named, Flutterzags, way until meeting collectively in puddles of butterflies as they are want in a patch of sun, then flutterzagging off for more flowers. Find me on Ravelry as StudioDeanna and check my Project Page for complete details on my pattern modifications. In a yummy soft SuperWash Merino Wool, the Flutterzags and Puddles scarf is now flitting off to my MILs in cold northern New England. Hopefully it will fly straighter than a butterfly. Now I can cross this item off my list of accomplishments before the end of 2013! Pattern Modification: At the beginning of each row, the pattern calls for “ch 3″. Instead I chose to do the (CSDC) Chainless Starting Double Crochet found on Moogly’s Blog, for a much nicer edge. Free Video Tutorial for CSDC: http://www.mooglyblog.com/chainless-starting-double-crochet/ Butterfly Poem I thought of while crocheting this scarf: Flying Crooked The butterfly, the cabbage white, (His honest idiocy of flight) Will never now, it is too late, Master the art of flying straight, Yet has — who knows so well as I? — A just sense of how not to fly: He lurches here and here by guess And God and hope and hopelessness. Even the aerobatic swift Has not his flying-crooked gift. Robert Graves Related articles Mud-Puddling Butterflies (raxacollective.wordpress.com)
Counting is not my forte. It's the challenge that would get I and my partner kicked off of an episode of Amazing Race. Clearly this counting impairment runs deep and makes a real, written pattern much more difficult than it really is. I'm on my 3rd attempt to complete the beautiful Pizzelle Beret by Linda Permann. The first time my swatch was too big, the hook size I used was a wee bit larger than recommended. The second attempt was a little better and I think each row I finished I had to rip out at least once because I missed one simple, little, "2dc in next dc," that created count errors when working the next row. After completing Row/Round 9 for the second time I realized that I don't have enough repeats! I have no idea how I only have 5 repeats instead of 6? So now what do I do? Rip it out again and try for a 4th time? But the swatch measures correctly with the 5 repeats and finally using the correct hook size. Adding in the 6th repeat will make the beret swatch too large. So, as usual, I'm doing my own plan. Not because there is a problem with this clearly, well-written pattern, but the thought of starting over again is well, just plain demoralizing. I would really like to get this beret done. Besides, I'm curious to see where this "Sand Dollar Variation" is going :) Wish me luck!
Last Spring I left my favorite scarf at a restaurant in the Omode-sando Station. The colors were perfect, it was super easy to crush into my bag and it always drew compliments despite it having been a random store bought item. Shortly after, I was able to find a yummy, chunky yarn of 45% Silk, 40% Cotton & 15% Wool in an amazingly similar colorway but have started crocheting three different patterns before I found the right one. Thanks to Jennifer Dickerson's Pavement Infinity Pattern, it is finally a better scarf than the one I left behind. It was an easy, peasy zippy pattern to complete and it really shows off the colors as they each blend into the next. Just in time as things are getting much cooler each day. Pattern Modification: At the beginning of each row, the pattern calls for "ch 3". Instead I chose to do the (CSDC) Chainless Starting Double Crochet found on Moogly's Blog, for a much nicer edge. Yarn purchased from Yuzawaya in a Furisode colorway.