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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Tale of Two Scarves, or being organized for once in my life!

The boys go to a progressive private school in New York City, the kind that firmly discourages extravagant teacher's gifts at holiday time, as can sometimes happen here. Instead, parents are encouraged to donate to a holiday fund, which is then divided up among teachers, specialists, staff, etc. It's entirely voluntary, no one knows how much you give, and I'm sure the teachers appreciate a nice chunk of cash instead of tchotchkes. That being said, in addition to the holiday fund, I like to give the teachers a little something handmade to show our appreciation for all they do during the year. Last year, it was loaves of pumpkin bread. This year, I got my act together early, and planned scarves for the 4 teachers (2 for Itchy and 2 for Scratchy). I tried to really think about each teacher, what colors they'd like, what style, as well as stay pretty economical with my yarn purchases (Stash or @ $15 ea.)

First up, Forbes Forest in Knitpicks Moss. Six skeins on US5 needles. As soon as I saw it here, I knew I'd make it. Brooklyn Tweed's photography is so gorgeous, everything he makes just seems to glow. Took me about a week of pretty monogamous knitting during the end of August vacation (the week it rained every day).

I also fell in love with the Misty Garden scarf in scarfstyle, but I knew I'd never make it for myself. Mohair? C'mon, I can't even wear turtlenecks. But I thought the color would be beautiful for Itchy's teacher Barbara, and she wears scarves almost every day. 3 skeins of Jo Sharp Rare Comfort Infusion Kid Mohair in Rosehip and done.


Anonymous Rox said...

Wonderful scarves! And I'm with you on Misty & mohair... I made mine with a silk blend that was meant for socks. Came out wonderful - and I'm not scratchy or hot as a result!

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