It's finally done!
A happy accident that my outfit coordinated so well with the scarf! What are the chances?!
Pattern: Rose by Louisa Harding
Yarn: Thalia by Louisa Harding; Kimono Ribbon for rosettes
Pearl buttons from JoAnn's.
I always like to take Finished Object photos at the beach for the beautiful scenery, and always forget that Chris has to manage harsh sunlight, and the wind does interesting things to my hair and skirt. Today I thought we'd be clever and take the photos inside the pavilion, but that didn't seem to make too much difference, except that I didn't get sand in my shoes this time.
A close-up. The colors are pretty accurate here.
The pattern tells you to make 48 rosettes total, 24 of two colors each. I decided I could do 24 total, 12 of each, and think it works fine. The hardest part for me was to attach them "randomly." I'm obsessive, and though I pre-pinned the rosettes to be sure they were spread randomly, in a somewhat even fashion before I sewed them, I still keep looking at the scarf and thinking I should move some of the rosettes around: too many on one side? Not enough over here? Are the light pink ones too close together? I keep telling myself "Random! They're supposed to be random!" but it's not helping.
This scarf should work well with my jean jacket, and then my winter coat. The pattern photo shows the model wearing it with a skinny-strapped dressy blue dress, in a very stylized vintage look, but I think the yarn is too thick/rough for that.
The library function on Typepad hasn't been working, but I *have* been reading. I loved a fiction novel called "The Season of Second Chances" by Diane Meier, about a professor who packs up her things from NYC, moves to Amherst, and makes a real home and real friendships for herself at last. If you love old houses or "makeover" stories, you'll savor all the restoration details. I also recently finished Death in the Garden by Elizabeth Ironside. The story seemed to start slowly, and I didn't particularly adore most of the characters. But Ironside unfolds a 1920s murder mystery about a female photographer named Diana, her husband, and her bohemian artist friends, with a unique psychological twist. I love the way she mirrors that story in Diana's great-niece's life; she has some interesting things to say about a woman's need for independence to explore her artistic talents or career, and how relationships contribute to and work against that talent. The great-niece, Helena, is on a quest to prove her aunt's innocence in her husband's murder, long after most everyone has died, and through that process, she sees her own relationships from a new perspective. Much more going on here than in the mysteries I usually read.
Now I'm on to Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. In this, her second book on happiness after "The Happiness Project," she focuses more closely on changes she can make in her home life. Have you read her books? If so, did you like them?
Our leaves are just starting to turn their fall colors here, and the mornings and evenings have a new chill. While I'll never turn into an autumn fan, I'm enjoying walking through the pretty scenery, noticing the animals making winter preparations, and making the shift from thinking about baking with peaches and berries to pumpkin, cranberries, apples, and cinnamon. We had our first fire in the fireplace last night, while watching the first episodes of Castle. It's a great time of year to knit, and read, and drink more tea. How are you enjoying the beginnings of autumn?
(And if you're lucky enough to be enjoying the first flowers of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, please give them an extra sniff for me. I'm trying to forget that autumn = frost = no more garden for six whole months!!)