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  • Scarves of 2014

    Every time I visit a yarn store, the Koromo display draws my eye. The variegated colors are gorgeous, the texture rough and earthy  — a cotton, wool, silk blend — and the price steep, too steep for me.  When it went on sale at a yarn store I visited this past summer while in Northampton, en route to Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, I snapped it up on-line.

    The end result reminds me of a woven wall hanging, the sort that features prominently in TEMPEST, a sci-fi erotic romance I wrote.  So as not to detract from the beauty of the colors — in fact, to highlight the beauty of the colors — I used  a plain stockinette pattern.

    I like the outcome, but the process drove me NUTS.

    First off, the yarn produces a striped appearance, not a subtly random color variation. The strands vary greatly in thickness, going from a fuzzy blob in some spots to a narrow thread in others. Because of this inconsistency in weight, keeping the edge neat and tidy…and straight…was problematic. Also — there were knots, knots galore, which I chose to frame rather than disguise. Consequently, on one hand, the piece has an Americana homespun quality, a Little House On The Prairie sort of theme,  if you will; while, on the other hand, the scarf looks primitively artsy. As both orientations appeal to me, I was pleased.

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  • Scarves of 2014, all about me

    Last year, I gifted everyone with the scarves I made during the preceding twelve months. Since I wanted to keep them a surprise, I couldn’t keep scarves lying around the house in various states of completion in case the kids dropped by. I’m not the neatest or most organized person, so this was a HUGE chore. But this year…this year…my Scarf Project is all about me, so tangled hanks and knotted balls and messy skeins of yarn can be found in every room. Ditto for all my crochet hooks and every conceivable sized knitting needle. If I need one I’m missing, I search sofa cushions. I just found a hook this morning I didn’t know I was missing when I was scouring the house for a knitting needle I did know was missing. It was in the same general vicinity as my favorite craft glasses, which, unbeknown to me, had fallen on the floor under the coffee table. WIN!

    I’ve never worked in cotton yarn so I wanted to give it a try. MEH. The yarn split. It’s a simple K2, P2 pattern.

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  • How A Skein Of Worsted Is Like Telling A Story

    And I don’t mean a writer has to pull the wool over a reader’s eyes or the yarn will unravel.

    I knit. I also crochet. A lot. Anyway, at an end-of-year sale, I bought 3 skeins of variegated wool yarn on-line without first reading the reviews or noting the labels. I was in a hurry, as usual, and let the pretty price tag lead me astray.

    To make a short story long…I didn’t like the stuff after it was delivered.

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    I pushed through it. I often don’t like things right off the bat, then I change my mind and fall hard. Like my first visit to Portland, ME. That story will have to wait for some other time. Must stay on track. No side trips.

    Three days into crocheting a spring scarf, I discovered my new red, white and black yarn was actually red, white, and green yarn. Light from my magnifying lamp hit the WIP just right, hence my AHA moment.

    This should’ve been the tip-off. Alas, no. Not til Mr. Trent looked in on me crocheting madly away, my knuckles pumping, wrist rotating, and said, “Christmas?” in a quizzical tone that I looked at the name on the label.

    “YULE TIME.”

    No spring scarf for me.

    I pushed through it. Nearing the end of the second skein of yarn, my knuckles stopped pumping, my wrist stopped rotating. I stopped pushing through it.

    I hated my new scarf. Loathed it. The colors. The “linen” crochet stitch. The texture. The pattern was okay for a rustic table runner but not for something I wanted to wear around my neck, not even at Christmas.

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    What if I changed things up? What if I knit the third skein of yarn, instead of crocheting it?

    You be the judge. Same yarn, new approach. Did I achieve a different result?

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    Plotting a book often involves experimentation. This is what I did with SEX STINGS, on sale now for $.99 at Amazon.

    You be the judge. The reader always is. I wrote a psychic romance plot, but used a new approach. Did I achieve a different result?


  • Scarves of 2013 (part 2)

    Actually, for this 2013 Scarf Project, I completed more than these examples here on the blog. But — Christmas was rapidly approaching and I forgot to take pix of the rest.

    I love drooling over scarf patterns on Pinterest and Ravelry. Placing SEX STINGS on sale at Amazon for $.99 inspired me to restart my old blog.










  • Scarves of 2013 (part 1)

    My favorite yarn store has a Sunday Super Bowl sale every year right before the game starts. Naturally, I was there to get my worsted fix. The place was packed with ladies, all draped in beautiful scarves, all lovingly caressing the merchandize. To pass the time while waiting in a LONG line for the register, we all chatted about our latest projects. It seems like knitting has never been more popular.

    SEX STINGS, my book currently on sale at Amazon for $.99, is an erotic romance about knitting and falling in love in Boston.

    As an aside — last year, I knitted and crocheted 28 scarves in total, all of which I gave away to family at Christmas in a modified Yankee Swap. (SEX STINGS doesn’t involve swapping of any kind.)

    These are the pix ( part 1) :

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