Rose Garden Shawl

As I anxiously await the start of the local fair (the first day is Wednesday), I’ll be sharing the progress of a project I’ve been working on periodically for several months now. I stumbled upon the pattern quite some time ago and knew I had to make it. It’s called the Atlantic Lace Shawl, and it was created by the talented Esther. She describes in her post where she got the idea for the pattern and in addition to including the written pattern in the post, she also has pdf files available for it.

The shawl is gorgeous, and I went to my local yarn store right after I discovered it. At that point, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use similar colors or if I wanted to go a completely different route. For a while, I tried different shades of blue–blues are my favorite followed closely by purples. I tried finding combinations in both those color groups (even tried blue and yellow), but none of them were satisfying the image I wanted (even though I didn’t actually know what it was I was looking for). So, I decided to try something different–I decided to intentionally look for colors I don’t normally go for, and that is how I found exactly what I wanted: green and pink.

Calmly sitting on one of the shelves was a soothing, grass green and a feminine, pale pink from Cascade Yarns in just the right amount–I couldn’t believe how lucky I was. The yarn is the Ultra Pima Fine 100% cotton. The body of the shawl is being worked up in the green, and the border will be pink. Because of my color choices, I call my shawl a rose garden shawl because it reminds me of soft pink roses surrounded by their striking green leaves. Note: I am not renaming nor claiming the pattern as my own simply because I used colors that differ from the ones used in the original pattern.

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I bought the yarn and started the shawl with the intention of having it completed in time for spring. Obviously, that didn’t happen–some other projects wiggled in, projects with “deadlines.” By “deadlines,” I mean that I had to have them completed in time for a holiday or as a gift. I’ve been working on the Atlantic Lace Shawl a little bit at a time since January, I think (may have been February). Anyway, I’m thrilled to say that I just finished row 84 today! Yay! Only a few more rows of the green, and I’ll be starting the border!

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Days 11-14: Doctor Who Scarf Progress

I shall begin by saying that today is technically Day 16. So, why doesn’t that match the title? We’ve spent the last few days switching to a new internet service provider. In all honesty, I’m not bothered if I have to go completely without internet for a few days, and this transition did leave me with 24 hours of absolutely no connection. Rather than ramble about that, let’s get to the real reason I’m sharing this: my scarf progress.

I got a lot done on Day 11–I spent close to 8 hours total on it. Mind you, this was spread out over about 12 hours, so I had a fair amount of break time in there, but it was definitely more progress than I had made on Day 10 (I barely managed to fit in 3 hours that day). So here’s Day 11’s progress photo.

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Day 12 was another productive day–I spent around 6 hours on it then.

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Day 13 was tough–I had approximately 10 hours of crochet work left (not including weaving in the ends and adding the tassels), and I woke up determined to finish it on that day. I hit a snag: my left hand–the hand that guides my yarn while holding my project–started feeling strained, so I borrowed my mom’s compression glove. I noticed a lack of circulation to my fingers but no help to my hand (although it’s probable the glove is supposed to be worn to prevent strain, not ease what I already have). While I got a lot done on this day, I was not able to finish my scarf because I had to take frequent breaks (I was at the point where I couldn’t do more than 5 rows without stopping for a few minutes).

It had also been my original intention to share a post on Day 13; however, I decided I’d hold off on it to give my hand some reprieve. This is where I was at the end of Day 13.

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It’s Day 14, and I had less than 4 hours of crocheting left (yay!). After that, weaving in the ends took about 2 hours, which is my least favorite part–it’s not uncommon for me to complete several crochet projects and then have a “weaving party,” in which I do nothing but weave in ends on however many projects I have. Then the tassels. I officially completed it on this day, but I didn’t take a photo because I wanted a photo wearing it (it was dark when I finished it, and the lighting in our house isn’t great, so I wanted a picture outside). That’s why my post title stops at Day 14. Day 15 was the day I got a photo, and it’s also the day we switched internet services. We didn’t have a connection until today, which is Day 16. Today I also had to drop it off at the fair.

 

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Imagine standing outside in sunny, slightly humid, 80+ degree weather in a scarf designed for a giant. I will confidently say that my scarf is significantly longer than the original. Is that an issue? Hardly. All it means is there’s more scarf for scarf for me!!!

I am in love with it–I put it on immediately after I finished. Complete fan girl moment. My hands were shaking, I was breathing heavy, and I started doing a happy dance while also squealing. The household was asleep during this. I am also the only Whovian in our house. My attempts at conversion continue to fail (I offered to name our home network either Gallifrey or Raxacoricofallapatorius, but neither of those went over well). On a side note, they love the scarf and think it’s beautiful. The fair volunteers (retired grandmothers) who were collecting and categorizing the projects were in love with it, too. They said it’d be perfect to bundle up in if our winter’s really cold. My mother also suggested wrapping me in it like a mummy. At least the uninitiated I’ve encountered recognize and accept it as a functional and attractive accessory.

 

 

Days 8-10: Doctor Who Scarf Progress

My scarf is coming along wonderfully–I passed the half-way mark on Day 8! Yay! I had 55% completed after the time I put in that day. Here’s Day 8’s picture progress.

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Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to even putting in half an hour on Day 9.

Day 10 progress has been interesting. My scarf is 62% complete! I’ve having some trouble with the scarf percentage tracker right now, so I’m unable to include the percentage image. Also, I have been watching Jessica Jones while working on my scarf. I started watching it last week, and I finished it this evening.

I would first like to mention that I never imagined I could genuinely fear a character portrayed by David Tennant. I’m keeping this post spoiler-free (even though the show has been out for a little while now), so I won’t elaborate there. Those of you who’ve seen it–you know what I’m talking about. Now, I find that I end up categorizing antagonists into 3 groups: those who have an allure, those who make a decent villain, and those who exemplify what I most fear. Rather than get carried away here, I’ll write a villains post in the future to expand upon my statement. Right now, I’ll state that David Tennant as Kilgrave falls into that third group for me.

Now, here’s the part I find interesting. Most of the time, my multi-tasking skills are functional when I crochet–I’m able to do so while also watching whatever show I have on, and it runs smoothly. Now if there’s a fight scene, it’s not uncommon for me to stop crocheting while allowing the fast-paced events to distract me. While watching Jessica Jones, I discovered something new. A particularly violent encounter was unfolding in her apartment, and I crocheted through it. What was different was I was crocheting vigorously. Usually, my crocheting is calm and even. Once in a while, I “speed crochet,” which is where I crochet faster than normal while maintaining a relaxed fluidity. This was not speed crochet–this was a violent exaggeration of crochet. I was so involved in the scene that the way I crochet reflected that. I imagine it looking completely ridiculous–I’m not even able to come up with something to compare it to right now.

I think that’s enough rambling for now. Here’s what I accomplished on Day 10.

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Days 3 & 4: Doctor Who Scarf Progress

A shortage of time prevented yesterday’s entry, so I’m including it in today’s. I spent about 4 hours working on it yesterday. Definitely looking more like the real thing.

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Today, I managed to fit in around 6 hours worth of crocheting. My scarf is officially longer than I am tall. I have 11 days left before I need to have it done–I stated in an earlier post that I had until August 27–I actually have to have it done and ready to drop off on August 26. I am ahead of schedule, so I’m pleased with my progress.

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Here’s the percentage of how much I currently have done: <img src=’http://tardis.scienceontheweb.net/scarf/scarfimg.php?&flip=y&showpercent=y&percent=34.78′&gt;

Day 1: Doctor Who Scarf Progress

This is a short post–a progress update with a picture.

I can officially say that my crochet marathon has begun! I spent approximately 4 hours on my scarf today (I might spend a little more time on it after I post this). The following picture demonstrates what I have done so far.

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If I’ve done my math correctly, I can spend less than 4 hours on it each day and have it completed in time for the fair. Yay!

Here’s my progress so far in percentage format: <img src=’http://tardis.scienceontheweb.net/scarf/scarfimg.php?&flip=y&showpercent=y&percent=7.32′&gt;

 

Dawn of an Escapade

Today shall forever mark my plunge into the diverse blog ocean. As I type this, my site is rough. I’ve personalized a few things–the photo in my header was taken by me while on vacation a few years ago–and I have a lot to go. However, I’ve decided that’s enough personalizing for now–a blog isn’t much of anything without a post.

Without further ado, allow me to introduce one of the many reasons why I chose to start blogging: to share my love of crocheting. As a quirky individual who happens to be a Whovian, I will finally be making my own replica of Tom Baker’s most famous accessory. In the event you have no clue what I’m talking about, let me assure that only the most passionate individuals would intentionally choose to wear it: a scarf long enough to get caught and be dragged in everything.

This is where I did most of my color-matching research. In addition to the pattern, the site includes recommended colors in different yarn brands and weights. As I don’t like mixing yarn brands in a project, I wanted all my colors to come from the same brand (not an easy task). I’m also on a time crunch: my not-even-started scarf has been entered (by me) into my local fair to be judged. I drop the scarf off at the fair on August 27, so ordering yarn online would not benefit me as the days I spend waiting for the yarn to arrive at my doorstep are days I could be crocheting.

So, why am I spending precious crochet time on a blog? I’m going to map my progress here, and I shall begin by sharing my chosen colors. I will be using Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand. I’m not a fan of acrylic and would have preferred wool; however, cost and time were my greatest motivators. Following the yardage specifications in the link I shared in the previous paragraph, I got more than enough yarn in every color for less than $50 (I think my final cost was $40-$45). My colors are (from left to right starting in the top row): chocolate, eggplant, charcoal grey, honey, olive, cranberry, and beige.IMG_2628-1

Here’s today’s progress: <img src=’http://tardis.scienceontheweb.net/scarf/scarfimg.php?&flip=y&showpercent=y&percent=0′&gt;

My goal is to update it daily with that day’s progress.