over thinking

So many tiny bland stitches on tiny prickly needles.

Ok, this will be worth it, right? Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love a double brim, but 7″ of brim on 2.25mm, stop, pick up live stitches for brim, join, then several moments and rounds later, switch to 2mm and put on your 5x magnifying eyes and pick up so many tiny stitches for that built in welt …blurg! (ok, that welt is kinda cool!)

Hard parts over, almost there, feeling hopeful, yes, yes this will be worth it! ..but why do my tiny stitches look choppy?

Blocking will straighten things right out, right?

Well, blocking kind of worked, wtf tiny bland stitches :(

Floppy and fluid, it feels like practically nothing, romanced now by the then fussy welty brim details.

From a distance, acceptable perfection. I had no idea I would love hate this so much, the fact that it looks like it came from a machine makes me strangely pleased.

Now, I wish it were black, but if it were, it would have never happened.

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Pattern: Thinking Cap by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.

Yarn: Rowan Fine Lace by Rowan, colorway beige.

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– current mood –

..a little worn and delicate

..a little blue, soft and muted

..a little romantic

..a little nostalgic

..a little round and random speckled

..a little kiki tear when my yarn bin is in her snuggle spot 💕

Driftless Scarf

When I was designing this scarf I really wanted something naturally simple that would build up softly in layers, something lovely that would help a beginner gain confidence while making,

but I also wanted it to be something expertly crafted and intricately clean, something that a more experienced maker would appreciate.

The finish leaves straight edges on all sides, ready to wear and beautifully minimal on its own,

but at the same time is the perfect surface for adding on a bold contrast or delicate lace edging. I didn’t want to overwhelm and fill the pattern with endless options, so I left it at two widths and a solid foundation with room for your creative variations. 💕

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Pattern: Driftless Scarf

(We live on the edge of the Minnesota River Valley known as the Driftless Area, surrounded by steep bluffs, where underground streams have carved out hidden caves and created natural cold springs. As a kid I would dig up kaolin clay in my backyard, look for fossils in the drift and occasionally find a bit of shale or mica for my pocket. I have always loved living in a place where some of the landscape was blurred smooth by glacial retreat and some was not, giving me the joy of having expansive fields of flat midwestern prairie to run through, mixed with high peaks and deep limestone valleys to marvel at.)

This scarf is a little bit that simple complexity 💕