We recently went to see our aunt and uncle in New Bern, NC. Aunt Sis has been crocheting for years, and she started knitting more recently. She has a favorite yarn store in downtown New Bern and took me there.
It was amazing. I really only get to shop at large craft stores like AC Moore and Michael's, and when I'm lucky, Hobby Lobby. This place in New Bern was like heaven. Take a look.
|Rows and rows of the most beautiful yarns!|
Anyway, I just finished a hat and scarf set from a skein of the yarn I bought in NC. The yarn itself is Plymouth Yarn brand. it's a bulky weight acrylic/wool blend that was made in Turkey. This is a variegated strand of blues, greens and purples. It's more subtle than the colors I usually choose, but I felt it soothing.
I went with two very simple designs. The hat is not my own pattern, but since it had no other name, I call it the 2-hour hat for the time it's supposed to take to make it. It took me more like 3, but I get distracted easily. It's straight stockinette stitch, thus the rolled edge. For once, I managed to make it the size for a normal human's head! The scarf is a simple knit one, purl one. The first two and last two rows are 26 stitches each. All of the middle rows are 13 stitches each. It's one of those fashionable skinny ones. The resulting pattern from the variegation looks kinda scaly to me. Cool.