Friday, December 11, 2015

Two Skeins Down, Four to Go

 I'm making good progress on my Dragon Scale Scarf. Two skeins stitched and I'm working on the third. So far I've picked up four skeins in four different dye lots, because I couldn't find the same dye lot. The slight differences in color will add a nice dimension to the scarf - if you look at the right half, the colors are just slightly darker and more intense than the left half.

A couple other changes between the two halves are that I switched to a different, more comfortable crochet needle but due to the differences in the heads of the needles, my weave isn't quite as tight, so the right half is a little wider than the left half. It adds character. About two thirds of the way through, I also managed to figure out how to "tack down" the edge scales so that they aren't sticking out oddly.

I calculate that I'll need six skeins total to make this scarf about 60" and I'll stitch it in two halves and join them together in the middle so that the scales will all go in the same direction when I'm wearing the scarf.

While I was waiting for a chance to pick up more yarn, I dug through my yarn bin and came up with these ten skeins of Bianca by Lion's Brand that I had found in my Grandmother's attic when we cleaned out her house to sell. I'm guessing this yarn is from the 90's, because it has price stickers from Frank's Nursery and Crafts which started closing stores in the early 90's and officially went out of business in 2004.

A lot of the yarn in her attic was sold at garage sale or donated, but I kept a couple dozen skeins of various colors and I'm sure she'd be thrilled that I am using them. I only have a few rows done as I went back to the first scarf as soon as I acquired more Apple Orchard yarn.

I honestly don't know which one I like better. I maybe be able to get two scarves out of the Bianca yarn, but I'm not sure as I was finally able to determine after some internet research that each skein only contain 110 yards. 

I have also been working on some Embroidered projects to give away as gifts this year. My embroidery machine seems to be working overtime and I'm hoping to finish those this weekend so that I can get back to working on my Confessor's Dress. I have five left to do but some are two pieces and so will require extra time. You'll get to see most of them after Christmas, but in the meantime, here are a couple that I'm gifting to Dan's aunt and uncle this evening at Family Christmas. 

Merry Christmas to all!


  1. the scarves are beautiful. I love the brighter version. It really looks like a dragons scales. xxx