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Sunshine in Winter

Chloe mentioned in passing one day that she’d like me to make her a yellow sweater.  So I looked through my stash and yep, I had some yellow.  But not nearly enough to make an entire sweater out of it.  So I looked for another color to go with it, and this insanely bright pink caught my eye.  Together they reminded me of the colors in a sunrise/sunset, and the title “Sunshine in Winter” came to me.  After all, she’ll want to wear it through the winter, and what better way to inject some “Sunshine” into her grey and dreary “Winter”?  (Being in the NE UK, believe you me, winters are VERY grey and dreary.  Not to mention wet and windy.)

Sunshine in Winter on the sunny-smiling Chloe

Sunshine in Winter on the sunny-smiling Chloe

I used the Fluffy Pink Shrug Schematics, also known as the Mrs Who Shrug, found here on Crochetville.  Made with DK yarn and a “G” (4.0 mm) hook.  I just snagged one of Chloe’s other sweaters, which I knew fit her well, and used that to measure the new sweater against.

back view

back view

It was actually a bit of a surprise, because although she’d seen me working on it, she never asked what it was for, and I didn’t volunteer any information.  So this morning, I called her up to my bedroom, had her close her eyes and put it on her.  She was quite happy with it.  🙂

And now Lexi’s already put in an “order” for a similar one, in blue.

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Frustration.

I have to frog the brown metallic shrug.

I had gotten a good way along on the round and tried it on to see how much farther I’d have to go before I could comfortably call it a shrug and not a cardigan.

And I couldn’t get it off again.

So I’m going to have to sit here and frog almost a month’s worth of work and re-do it.

However, looking on the bright side… if I have to do that, then I can make it longer sleeved (I’m thinking 3/4 sleeves) and do it in a different stitch with a different hook.  I experimented with the same type of yarn, but in purple, doing an Extended Single Crochet with the F hook I used for mine and Syrina’s Almost-Beatrice shrugs, and it looks good.

I just hate that I have wasted all this time on something and I’m going to have to do it all over again.

*sigh*

Oh well.  Shit happens.

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Why yes, I DO have shrug on the brain. Why do you ask?

But to be honest, I started this one before either of the Beatrice shrugs.  I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the longest time, I just didn’t believe that it would look good on me and I had to think of the perfect yarn to make it with once I decided fuck it, I’m going to try anyway.

I can’t remember exactly why, but I went looking through my stash and found this yarn that I’ve had in there for about 2 years now.  I actually bought it at my local Wilkinson’s, of all places.  It’s not exactly what you’d think of when you think “buy yarn,” but they actually have some pretty nice novelty yarns (for only 99p per 50g skein), as well as a few colors of the basic acrylic staple (for 89p per 100g skein).

I’m using the “Fluffy Pink Shrug Schematics” (also known as a Mrs Who shrug) to make it.  I was actually an active member of Crochetville when it was first posted, so I’ve been loving on this pattern for a long time now.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the pic, but I’m making it half-sleeved.  If this comes out as well as I’m hoping, I’m considering doing another one in the same type of yarn but different color (it comes in three colorways: brown, green, and purple; all have the metallic thread woven throughout to give it the shimmer).  I might make the next one full-sleeved, since it’s going to be getting cold soon anyway, and it gets FREEZING in this house (it’s very drafty).

Because I’m obsessed with ripples lately, I’m doing the collar/back in a round ripple.  I’ve done a round ripple blanket before, so I’m basically following what I remember from the instructions for that.  I’ve only done one full round and part of another, but it looks good so far!

I’m keeping this in the laundry basket that I carry around the house with me.  I work on stuff first thing in the morning, while sitting at the computer desk, in the living room at the end of the night when all of my daily chores are done… pretty much whenever I have a spare moment, really.  Right now I’m all gung-ho on Syrina’s Beatrice, but I figure if I keep it in my basket, then whenever I get the urge, I can pull it out and work on it a bit.  It’s going to take a lot longer than the Beatrice did, simply because the yarn is so thin and I have to use a small hook (3 mm).  But it’ll be worth it in the end.  🙂

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