You wouldn't know it by the above pictures, but the girl loves it. I know she likes it since she insisted on wearing it to school even though there is a high of 87 degrees today. I allowed it because I figured it was a step up from the plastic smiley face belt she wore over her dresses all last week.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday I was wearing a scarf, probably a bit prematurely since it's supposed to be back in the 80's soon, but whatever. The girl saw it and has asked me for a scarf every day since then. I think she assumes that since I can use a sewing machine, knitting a scarf is about the same thing. Sadly for me, it's not. (Although that didn't stop me from snatching up about 25 skeins of yarn off of Freecycle. Not sure what, if anything, I'm going to do with those since I sold my knitting needles at a garage sale last year.)
I've seen a lot of fabric scarves floating around the internet that I like the looks of (most recently the one in this picture) so I thought it would be easy to quickly whip up one for her. And it would have been easy had I not chose to use scraps of velvet. Here's the thing: velvet is really hard to sew with. As you're sewing, it moves A LOT. Even if you pin the bejeesus out of it, it moves and shifts. I didn't know this. Fortunately, for the making of a scrappy scarf nothing really had to be perfect so it was no big deal, only mildly irritating.My initial plan was for it to be longer and to back it in velvet of another color, but once I realized how difficult working with velvet was, I decided that would be complete lunacy and would drive me to begin drinking before noon so I had to back it with something entirely different. I chose the floral fabric that I used on the front, only I didn't have a lot of it left which meant I had to shorten the scarf. The shortness of it bugs me a bit, but I'm mostly pleased with the outcome. As the weather gets colder I'll probably try to make a few more, maybe even attempt to master velvet control.