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Topic: Slightly Unwound hat and scarf set  (Read 2201 times)
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« on: July 18, 2013 07:11:23 PM »

Sometimes I think I have the wrong hobbies.  I crochet, I knit, I weave, and I'm allergic to animal fibre yarns and some acrylics.

I love the look of the striping Noro yarns, but can't use them.  I was so excited when Bernat released their Mosaic yarn, only to discover I was allergic to that, too. *sob*

I work at Michaels (where I go through a lot of rash cream on truck days...) and we sell a yarn called Loops & Threads Charisma.  Now, I love this yarn for a lot of reasons.  It comes in some great colours.  The self-striping yarns have just as much yardage as the solids.  And I'm not allergic to it! Hooray! 

It's a bulky weight yarn, though.  Bulky weight yarn is great, but I mainly work with worsted weight yarn, and a self-striping worsted weight yarn I can use has remained elusive.

I did have the though of separating the strands of the Charisma as they looked pretty close to worsted weight yarn, but that seemed rather crazy-pants.

Until one day I was at work and discovered a ball of this that had an error - the first several yards on the outside was missing one of the singles.  We wrote it off to use for Blankets For Canada, and I tried making a granny square with it, and it worked beautifully!

So, I went stash diving, found a ball of Charisma that I liked the look of, and set to work separating the strands.  Six hours of juggling later, I had three balls of worsted weight self-striping yarn (one of the singles shredded when I pulled it too hard... lesson learned!)

I paired it up with some navy blue Bernat Satin and made this hat:

IMG3759 by fantasticmio, on Flickr

And this scarf:

IMG3780 by fantasticmio, on Flickr

this is the other side:

IMG3783 by fantasticmio, on Flickr


I think I have enough left to make some matching mittens.. I just have to figure out the pattern first!

Of course, the problem here is: I *love* how this worked out.  It's fantastic.  And a LOT of work...
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2013 12:16:05 AM »

I knew it was a mio hat from the thumbnail! Cheesy I like the hat but the scarf is extra awesome! And you wouldn't be you if you didn't have crazy pants ideas that turn out amazing! Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2013 03:30:53 AM »


And you wouldn't be you if you didn't have crazy pants ideas that turn out amazing! Wink

Thanks Mare! That truly means a lot to me! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2013 06:16:58 AM »

I don't completely understand everything you said (not a yarnie!), but I LOVE the results. Your stitches almost look outlined. The scarf is just gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2013 06:28:35 AM »

Thanks Abbeeroad!
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2013 07:26:18 AM »

Mio--I adore your creative fixes!  I also love that yarn but would NEVER have thought to separate it to make it into worsted weight!  Genius! (but tons of work, as you said..)

The results are wonderful...I love the scarf in particular...the pattern is interesting and works so well in those colors...
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2013 09:42:01 AM »

Thanks alwaysinmyroom!  It is one of my favourite scarf patterns. ^_^
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2013 09:48:19 AM »

just lovely, fantastic colors & pattern Grin
I too knew this was a mio hat right away from the front page preview pic Cool
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2013 09:51:15 AM »

Thanks pinkleo!  What can I say?  I love this pattern. Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2013 06:21:01 AM »

Wonderful Mio!! 
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