Celebrate: Two Completed Projects!

I’m ecstatic! I’ve accomplished quite a bit since my last post. I’ve made progress on my Rose Garden Shawl–I’ve officially finished with the main body, and I have the first row of the border done! Progress is slow for this one, but I’m getting there.

I’ve also completed 2 projects! Both come from free patterns available on Rescued Paw Designs. I crocheted the Andy Cowl using 1 skein of Malabrigo Rasta and the Victoria Button Scarf using 1 skein of an alpaca/tencel blend from a local alpaca farm. Mind you, neither of these 2 projects were projects I already had started. I began and completed both of these after I posted this post a few days ago, which means I still have those other projects I’m working on.

So, here’s what I did. For the Andy Cowl, I was a teeny bit worried because I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough yarn for the project. Malabrigo Rasta has approximately 90 yards–the yarn used in the pattern consisted of 92 yards. I wasn’t sure how much yarn was used in the original, so I wasn’t sure if I’d have to adjust the pattern if I ended up not having enough.

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As David is no longer at my disposal as my model, I enlisted the talents of this fluffy, Valentine’s Day Bear.

Turns out, I had more than enough yarn for this cowl. I actually added a few more rows so I could use up as much of the yarn as possible, which made my cowl a little wider. I didn’t add any buttons, though. I didn’t have any on hand I wanted to use, and I’m quite fond of how my cowl looks without buttons.

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I picked out the alpaca/tencel blend because I figured it’d be perfect for the Victoria Button Scarf. It’s 150 yards in a color I’m calling Stormy Seas. There are a variety of deep, shimmery blues with the slightest hint of white every so often.

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I knew I’d have more than enough yarn for this scarf and when I saw how easy the repeat was, I just kept going until I ran out of yarn. I didn’t put any buttons on this one either. I guess it’s a personal preference. Although both the Andy Cowl and Victoria Button Scarf look great with buttons.

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To close, the obsevations I made while dog watching over the weekend have showed me that there is nothing is more threatening than a frog in the pool.

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