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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tiger Neck Pillow

I'd been looking for a neck pillow for a while, and when I saw this one I knew I wanted it! I also want to make it for my mom, who travels on business frequently. The pattern for this project is by Red Heart.

I decided early on that I wanted to make a tiger, so I bought some Red Heart Team Spirit yarn. I couldn't decide if the Gold/Black or the Orange/Black looked better though, so I got both. After finishing about 20 rows in gold, I realized I was supposed to be using two strands of yarn at once. I couldn't decide if I wanted to use the black and orange yarn I have, or which combination of the four, so I decided I'd get all the colors and use both Team Spirit colors. I started over, but didn't realize until later that I probably shouldn't have used two strands, because the suggested yarn is DK weight, and not worsted weight. It turned out waaay larger than it should have, so I changed tactics to alternating Red Heart Super Saver Pumpkin and Caron One Pound Black (also to make sure I had enough yarn; I was running out of the Team Spirits after only 20 rows!). Now it's more stripey, while before it was kinda striped but more splotchy due to all the colors mixing. It was very Halloween-y.

I wish I could get this project done sooner; it seemed like a quick one, but with all my mistakes I hope I ever DO finish it!

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Snow Bear Scoodie Update 2

Snow Bear Scoodie pattern is by Dearest Debi.
See my original post on the Snow Bear Scoodie.

I finally finished the hood and scarf on the scoodie! I had to adjust the pattern by starting the straight edge at round 9 (round 11 of the original pattern). Additionally, I only made 17 rounds total. The hood is a bit large, but I quite like it that way. I prefer it slightly large rather than tight.

The hood used a bit over two balls of yarn. The scarf used the rest of the third ball, plus three more. I ran out of yarn exactly at the end of my scarf, which was lucky. I used black yarn to stitch the pockets together, then I turned the pockets inside out so the "seam" is on the inside of the pocket. I used a long tail I had left on the end of the hood to stitch the hood to the scarf.

The hood by itself took just over two balls. I continued with the same ball of yarn to making the scarf. The scarf took three balls plus the extra from the hood, so the hood and scarf took six balls total. I still need one more skein for the ears. I possibly could have had enough had I further reduced the number of stitches in the hood, but I like it larger.

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