Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Boyfriend Basket Weave Scarf + Donating My Hair

I almost didn't have a blog post for you this morning. I didn't sew, embroider, or knit at all last week. Well, that's not precisely true. I took up the hems on three pairs of field pants for A, and I was super proud of how good they looked. Totally professional, like a tailor had done it, with perfectly even double rows of stitching on all of them.

But other than that, I spent the last week out of town, taking A to the airport and spending a night and a day in Chicago with an old friend (the one who will be getting that bow clutch). We did some Christmas shopping, and I got to go to my first real (non-JoAnn or Hancock) fabric store. Vouge Fabrics was a Midwestern sewer's dream. I bought this gorgeous silk, white with a tiny pink and red floral pattern. I'm going to use it for the Colette Jasmine blouse in my SWAP instead of the absurdly expensive Spoonflower fabric. I don't have a picture of it yet, but I'll get one up for you at some point, I promise.

In the meantime, Here's a project I did last winter and finished just in time for spring. :) It's the Boyfriend Basket Weave Scarf from Chicks with Sticks (this is how I've been teaching myself to knit, and I love this book!), and I made it in pink and kept it for myself, seeing as I have no boyfriend and I'm a selfish seamstress/knitter sometimes. Here it is the way I wore it this morning, with a cotton scarf I bought from Urban Outfitters over the weekend:

It's 100% wool, but the it's the not-so-high-quality stuff that you can find at JoAnn, not the gorgeous merino I made my sister's out of. The color's more accurate in the first photo, but in the one below, you can see a close-up of the basketweave pattern. So pretty! So time-consuming! My mom wants one now that she's seen it on me, and I'm thinking it'll have to be next year's Christmas gift, because there's no way I'll be able to make her one before winter's over. :)

Oh! And I cut my hair. Really cut it. Myself. I've been cutting my own hair for the last year, since I'm not really up to shelling out over $60 every time I need a trim and ending up with a bad cut anyway (no one knows what to do with curls, even if they say they do). Not the greatest cut ever, but not the worst, either. I'm donating 13 inches of curls, but I'm not sure where to donate it now. Apparently, Locks for Love sells the wigs they make these days rather than just giving them to children who need them, so I'd like to find a place that provides wigs to children free of charge. Any ideas?


  1. You can cut your own hair? Wow, I am impressed. It looks really cute too. I hope you find a place to donate those locks. Love the scarf!!

  2. I learned how to knit with that book, too! Nice job on the scarf!