Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ruffles and Flourishes...

This might look a little scary, but actually it's not a live thing. It's a knitted boa scarf. I haven't knit anything in many years, but at a quilt show this fall I saw a vendor selling the pretty ruffle yarn to make these. Everyone was wearing them, and they looked so soft and appealing that I thought, "I'm sure I could do that!" And it couldn't have been easier. Just 5 stitches across, straight knitting till the skein was gone or the scarf was as long as I wanted it. It's done on bamboo round needles. The yarn is interesting in that it is called "rail" yarn. That means I was knitting into the narrow band that carried the fullest part of the yarn, not into the yarn itself. So it formed lovely soft ruffles as I went.


And here are the flourishes. I went into a thrift shop and spotted these two pretty necklaces for just a few dollars. The one at the top has a handy magnifying lens on it. The other one has a handy clip on it. Seeing these two elements reminded me of some sewing tools I bought long ago to add to a chatelaine... but never did. What if I combined the necklaces and the sewing tools?


 At left are the gold-toned tools. There's a seam ripper inside one of them. The other has a needle threader and a needle case. I'm not sure I'll use the needle threader. Those don't last very long with me, and I doubt I could replace it in the tool. But still... they're pretty and I'd like to do something with them. They've been in the sewing room for many years just gathering dust. I visited them occasionally, and wondered how to use them. So here is my "new" necklace. It has the lens, the clip, and the sewing tools all together in one place. And it's fancy, so that's the flourish. Heavy and a bit clanky, but definitely a flourish! I may add a Clover thread cutter to it, or a small pair of scissors, a charm or two. Time will tell.

But the best news about this little combo is it encourages me to think that at least some of that "stuff" I keep in the sewing room does indeed find a useful home someday! That's very good news, because there's lots more stuff to plow through.

4 comments:

Nancy said...

I love your knitted boa scarf...They are so popular right now...I haven't knitted on yet because of trying to finish up some projects but I have plans for one in the future....

I love your new necklace....It's always more fun to do something like this than to go out and buy one....It's has memories where the new ones don't.....Great job....

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

The scarf is lovely. Soft and elegant and from what you say 'easy'. You have done an absolutely brilliant job of putting all the pieces together into a necklace! It will be a conversation starter no doubt. Have you thought about sending it in to Stampington's Jewelry magazine for publication? It is VERY COOL! xoDonna

netdera said...

hmm! very nice

Robbie said...

Well, golly!! i'm SO far behind in blog reading!!! I just skimmed through your post so I have to go back and read again!! The knitted scarf is cool!!