Thursday, 30 November 2017

Crafting nervously

I said in my last scarf post that I was nervous about giving the scarves to the recipients, well, I am even more nervous about giving them to the group that these scarves are to go to!  They are all lovely people, but I am not sure that they would expect a gift - I certainly wouldn't expect one from any of them - but they have all been so lovely to me over the last year I just had to share with them!  Hopefully they will like them.

There are five today, so I will jump straight in without further ado...

The first two are made in Deramores Studio DK.  The first in Burnt Orange and the second in Mustard.

This is an infinity scarf/cowl depending how you wish to wear it.  It is worked in groups of 3DTR, row of 3 into one stitch, them 3DTRtog.

This is definitely a loose cowl.  I wish that I had kept it for myself, but it is better to give than receive - or keep!!  The colour isn't the most accurate in either photo, it is actually somewhere between the two and is actually a colour that I love.  The design is worked in a variety of DTR and TR and HTR stitches.

This scarf is one of two that I made that I have to confess reused yarn that had already been made into something else.  This yarn was previously in a shawl that I had made and actually never used because the yarn was a little too scratchy for me.  However, after unravelling it, reskeining and then giving it a good soak it is much softer now and has made a lovely scarf.

It is worked using rows of TR and DTR, some with spaces to give the open effect.  The yarn is Cascade 220 in the Provence colour.

This is a long scarf, folded double.

I had no idea how this would turn out, but it looks good I think and the person that I am giving it to - who doesn't read this blog! - has seen me making it and admired it so I hope they will like it.

It is made in Elm Tree Yarns using the Peter Rabbit colour.  It is a variation of my stacked squares pattern - see sidebar for pattern details.  I have another skein of this yarn, so will be making another of these for myself!

This is another variant of my stacked squares scarf.  It uses Stylecraft Head Over Heels in the Eiger colour.  I am very loathed to part with this one, but I can make another if I want to!

So fingers crossed these all go down well!  I hope they do because I really would have liked to have kept that mustard coloured cowl!  Oh and the last one using the Eiger yarn too!

Happy crafting!



  1. They are lovely and the recipients are very lucky.
    J x

  2. If you gave me the choice of any of these scarves, I just wouldn't know which one to pick, they are all so pretty. 😊

  3. I don't think you need to be nervous Amy, if someone gives me a handmade gift which isn't really my "thing" I am always delighted firstly that they care enough about me to give me a gift, and secondly that they have spent their time, care and skill on me, and you have obviously spent those in abundance on these scarves. You are fab! And that Peter Rabbit yarn is so aptly named, the colours are perfect for a little rabbit in a blue jacket who likes eating green lettuces and carrot tops, I love it. x

  4. Don't be nervous. If they are concerned about receiving the gift, then explain why you did it. I did the same a few years ago, once you have explained they will understand
    Julie xx

  5. Lovely Amy & I'm sure everyone will appreciate them greatly. I do think the variegated ones have turned out pretty even though you were unsure. Thanks for sharing & take care.

  6. Unexpected gifts are the best sort!

  7. Your scarves are beautiful Amy especially the Peter Rabbit and Eiger ones. I think if you just add a little card saying something like "Thank you for your kindness to me throughout the year" would let the recipient know how you feel.
    Hazel c uk

  8. These are such lovely scarves for the lucky recipients. You are so talented and kind, too to make these beautiful scarves for your friends. Pat xx

  9. Glad to see everything seems to be going so well, Amy!

  10. Amy, you are so brilliant.I am in awe of your your time management skills. I am struggling enormously with everything . I have been neglecting my blog and the people I really connected with. I am posting much more in Instagram which as we both know it isnt like blogging but its quickness makes it far easier. Im in a hopeless type of mood actually feel like screaming, I know it will pass I just have to pull my socks up and get on with it.
    Lots of love

  11. I love them all but the last two are absolutely gorgeous colours. The people who receive them are very lucky. You do such beautiful crafting.

  12. Everyone will be so pleased and blessed to receive them! What’s not to love? Beautiful colors and patterns all...

  13. I don't think you should be nervous! Your scarves are beautiful, and I know the recipients will be touched!

  14. These are lovely scarves. The last colourway is my favourite. I understand about wanting to give to people just because you want to - sometimes there's the fear that they will think they now have to get you something, and that's not the reason you give. It takes grace to accept gifts without giving in return, I find.

  15. These scarves are all lovely Amy. Well done on finishing them, now to give them away. I'm sure they'll be loved and appreciated. Cx

  16. Beautiful scarves Amy, I'm sure the recipients will be over the moon with them, but I can relate when you say you're nervous I'm always the same when giving handmade gifts not everyone appreciates them but these sound like lovely people and I'm sure they will be very touched to receive such a lovely gift from you. :) xx

  17. Wowsers! you have been busy and I am sure they will all be loved.Jo x

  18. Your scarves are beautiful and the stitching is lovely!
    Tammy x

  19. I agree with others, lucky recipients they are beautiful.

  20. They all look wonderful to me, I know they are going to be loved.

  21. I think they'll go down well. They are beautiful. Lucky people to receive them. x

  22. Amy,
    I’m so sorry to hear you are leaving blogland. I will miss you, and your lovely blog!
    Good luck, and best wishes,
    Barbara xxxxx

  23. The scarves you made are beautiful and I do hope that whoever they go to that they will love them.
    I am so sorry to hear that you are leaving blogland. I will miss you and your blog. Wishing you happiness in your life.
    Julie xo

  24. Wishing you all the best Amy, though I've not long known you in blogland, I'll always remember you as you were the first to follow my blog. Thank you. I've enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your photos of books and makes. Cathy x


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