Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Cleaning!

So lately I've been on a UFO crusade. I am determined to finish the x number of projects that sit in baskets around my bed, staring at me. So far, I've done about two. This sort of spring cleaning has led me to ponder what exactly makes us (or me) abandon a project? It seems the longer they wait, the less willing I am to pick them up. Like old boyfriends (well, maybe not) they sit on the shelf, and eventually I wonder what I ever saw in them. Either way, I am in a yarn storage crisis, so it's time to bring closure with these "old friends" and get them out of my sight! 

The trickiest part of all this is trying to not buy more yarn. I've been resisting placing an order on knitpicks for the last week, but that's only made me more vulnerable to buying at an LYS. Case in point, yesterday Michael's had Patons Grace on sale for $2.99. How could I resist such a price? I also had a 40% off coupon, so i bought a little case for them to squeeze into. The whole package looks quite adorable, I might just end up staring at it forever and not actually knitting it. I might not. 

Here's an easy spring cleaning project. Use some leftover yarn from last night's dessert, and whip up this little kerchief to keep your hair back when braving the dust bunnies!

Materials:
US 6 (4.25mm) 10" needles
About 100 yards of any sport weight yarn
Size G crochet hook

Gauge:
23sts and 30 rows= 4"
Gauge isn't really a big deal in this project. If you're a little off, run with it.

Pattern:
CO 3 sts.
Row 1: k1, p1, k1.
Row 2: k1, m1, p1, m1, k1.
Row 3 (and all odd rows): work even in seed stitch
Row 4 (and all even rows): k1, m1, work in seed stitch to last st, m1, k1
Work until piece measures ab 9". 
BO to last st (1 st rem). Slip st off needle and onto crochet hook. Chain stitch for 7".
Pick up 1 st on opposite corner (doesn't matter which, really), with crochet hook. Chain stitch for 7" again. Weave in ends.

I'll post a picture of mine when it's finished!

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