Monday, October 13, 2008

finishing mum's work #2

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Carrying on from yesterday... the second scarf is finished. This one also only needed the beads sewn on, but the ones Mum had chosen were not the best match. In fact, I'm sure I recall her mentioning at one point that she was having trouble finding beads she was happy with.

The beads which were with the scarf were beautiful recycled glass beads, but they were in the mint-green colourings... whereas the scarf is more of an olive green, and the two colours clashed terribly. So I had a fossick through my stash of reclaimed beads, most of which have come from a variety of old necklaces... and came up with this colourful combination.

Mum had not blocked this scarf, and I've decided to just leave it as is. The photograph in the magazine with the pattern shows a flat, blocked scarf... but I really love the textured appearance of this one. It really adds to the character of the scarf, and makes it sit very comfortably around the neck.

This one will be a gift for my sister-in-law, so that she also has something handcrafted to remember Mum by.

And I just have to say... Mum had impeccable taste in many, many areas... yarn was no exception! This alpaca is divine.

If you are interested in making a similar scarf, take a look at this stitch pattern

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15 comments:

Crafty Gardener said...

Both of your finished scarves are gorgeous and the addition of the beads makes it more unique. The recipients will love them, along with the memories they hold.

Iggle Piggle (aka Jacqui) said...

They are beautiul. I see where you got your talents from. It is so wonderful that you have finished them off and are giving them as a keepsake. I'm sure they will be greatly appreciated.

Rima said...

So very beautiful! I love the beads.

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Just curious as to how you are threading and attaching your beads to the scarf edge. Both scarves look lovely. I've beaded edging myself before and was just wondering how you did yours.
Cat.

Stramenda said...

Oh wow. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Lost for words !

Cybèle said...

The fact that you finished them so soon after your mum passed away, brings a lump to my throat. I don't know that I could do it. They're both beautiful.

laughing purple goldfish said...

crafty gardener - thanks... I really am loving the beads, too... I didn't really understand what the fuss was about when I first saw people using them on scarves... but they really do add that extra special dimension!

jacqui - thanks... would you believe it was actually my FATHER who taught me to knit :) seriously!

rima - thank you... and I must head back over to your blog and see what you have been up to lately

cat - I've used a clear nylon thread, attached it securely to the scarf, and then threaded the beads on... then secured the thread back to the scarf again, and repeated the process a couple of times for each strand

stramenda - thanks :)

cybele - I was a little surprised myself, but working on them made me feel so close to her

Aimee said...

That is absolutely gorgeous. My favorite color, and the beads are perfect. I love that you're picking up your mom's projects. Your sister and SIL will love them.

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Thanks Purple, I've tried the silver plated jewellry posts, flat on one end then you make a loop on the other end, just like making ear rings, then attach firmly to your garment.

Sherryknit said...

Purple I have to be honest. When I first saw about the scarf's, Well I started to cry. What a gift your mom has givin you. She taught you to be creative. And now you can share her gift with others. The scarves are gorgous!!!!! BRAVO!!

laughing purple goldfish said...

aimee - thank you... the olive green is divine... definitely a scarf I would wear too!

cat - what a good idea... the beads would 'swing nicely to, wouldn't they???

sheryknit - I cried, reading that you cried! what a pair we are!!!

Cecie said...

ooooh, that is so beautiful!

i knitted a similiar scarf and bought some pearls, too. but i bought some same pearls to sew on. have to think about this now ;o)

the white scarf is great, too. reminds me on a fairy tale, waiting for a little fay to tell her my wishes...

laughing purple goldfish said...

cecie - thanks... the beads really add a fun touch, and you could always swap them for something different at a later date if you changed your mind about them...

Anonymous said...

I just found this beautiful scarf on Pinterest and would love to make a similar one. Would you kindly post the number of stitiches I would need to cast on for this scarf. What size needle did your mum use? Thank you.



D Pink said...

Plz tell the stich ..the link u have given , gives a wrong pattern..