January 16, 2012

Knitting, Crochet Style

When I crochet, which I do rarely, what comes to mind is granny squares.  No matter how I make one, or what colors I use, they all look the same which is why I don't do squares.  I also crochet when I want to finish fast, and since I crochet faster than I ever could knit, it's a win/win for me; I get to reduce stash fast and someone else benefits.

So, when I saw the pattern for the swirl scarf at Rhinebeck a few years ago, I thought granny squares (even though the stole is not made up of squares, but swirls).  I figured I'd whip right through the pattern.  How long does it take to make a 'swirl', well ... depends on how many you can do before you want to yank your hair out.

Here's the pattern, and here's where I am right now:

I'm using Jojoland Melody in MS29 (amethyst/emerald), a superwash merino which is slippery as heck and much thinner than I imagined it would be, hence, the wooden needles.  I love the pattern, I like the yarn, but I'm frustrated with how long it's taking to make.  Lots of stitches to pick up, lots of swirls to make and lots of ends to weave in which I'm doing as I go.

There are five rows of swirls for the stole, only three for the scarf.  It's in the air about which one I'll end up, but I bought five balls of yarn for the stole and I'm only at the beginning of the third row of swirls.  Oy!

I'm going to make something else so I don't get frustrated.  I need some immediate satisfaction.

In fact, I think I'll go downstairs and make myself some baked ziti.  That would be a win/win too.


  1. I three row scarf will do nicely! ;o) I think that's why I haven't started this one, too fiddly!
    The colors look lovely though. You can always use the rest of the yarn balls do make socks.

  2. Don't worry it will be over soon.