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So yesterday I finally finished some swatches for work – the pattern is the Peek-A-Bead Scarf by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer of HeartStrings FiberArts. It’s gorgeous in its original colorway (Crystal Palace Yarns’ Sausalito, #8308 Monet, shown here), but I love these additional colorways as well. Clockwise from upper right: #8118 Toast & Jam; #8119 Tonga; #8309 Hibiscus; and #8107 Fall Herbs. For the first three, I used the same beads called for in the pattern, #430 size 6 Miyuki seed beads. For #8107 Fall Herbs, I used Mill Hill #16606 size 6 seed beads in Brilliant Bronze. I really love that Fall Herbs colorway–looking at it in the ball, I didn’t realize it would have a sort of rainbow effect. But it’s a beautiful, deep, muted rainbow as opposed to looking like clown barf.

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And just today, I’ve added yet another WIP to the handful I already have going. But how can I resist 50% silk and 50% cashmere? This is Ensemble Light in color #123 from Artyarns. Every time I look at this colorway, I love it even more. Iris is an absolute genius with color. (Update, 2013: You can see a pic of my finished shawl here!)

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And for that matter, where has winter gone?! Hey, it’s SPRING!!!

So, there’s only a week left in National Crochet Month, and I still haven’t started my project. (I decided on the Boteh Scarf, by the way.) I’ll just have to celebrate National Crochet Month well into April. And possibly May. Heck, maybe even until National Crochet Month next year. See, I have this new distraction:

Meet Samantha. But we hardly ever call her that. Mostly, we call her Little D. That’s D, for Diva. Because it’s all about her. After a long weekend visiting family in Pennsylvania, we came home and adopted her at the humane society. There, she was named Thelma. You can plainly see that name just didn’t suit her. (Actually, I wanted to name her Tootsie and the hubby wanted to name her Tarot. Then I jokingly suggested Samantha because she was being a little naughty at the time – she jumps up on the counter and I put her back down she jumps up on the counter and I put her back down she jumps up on the counter and I put her back down she jumps up on the counter… Anyway, I said to my hubby that we should call her Samantha because “naughty girls need love too”. Ha. What can I say, I was a teenager in the 80s.)

She’s drastically different than our dear old departed Squeek, who did not care one iota about yarn unless you were intentionally dangling it in front of his face to get him to play with it. Little D, on the other hand, must investigate the yarn if I’m knitting while she’s sitting on my lap. And she can sit on my lap for a good, long time, which is also drastically different from Squeek. So I haven’t been very productive on the knitting (or crocheting) front. Since my last post, I’ve managed to finish up a shawl, knit a few swatches for work (one more to finish), and start a new pair of socks (which was my travel knitting earlier this month). That may sound productive, but most of it was accomplished prior to adopting the Little Diva. I’m confident that I’ll eventually figure out how to get my knitting time back again.

I have to figure it out. I still have a Kinetik shawl to finish, and an Undulating Leaves Shawl that’s just begging to be knit out of a gorgeously decadent skein of Artyarns Ensemble Light (colorway #123) that was very kindly gifted to me. (Never mind the other three WIPs I have going, and the bathroom rug I still haven’t started yet after nearly two years.)

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So, I just found out today that March is National Crochet Month. It’s not very often I pick up the hook, and when I do, it’s usually because I need more potholders. But I think it’s time I actually make something to wear, that I can finish during this month (which rules out the 40″ x 40″ bathroom rug I need to make, for which I bought yarn two years ago). So here are my two choices:

Option A: Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick
This popular, classic pattern has been in my Ravelry queue since November 22, 2009. I have a metric ton of sock yarn in my closet from which to choose, including some very beautiful Mmmmmalabrigo Sock, Cascade Heritage Silk Handpaint, Woolen Rabbit Kashmir, and several other scarf-worthy sock yarns.

Option B: Sweet Eleanor Scarf by Martha Lawton (Quincetart)
I added this one to my queue more recently, October 15, 2011. This one calls for lace 2-ply. I think I have enough Jojoland Cashmere in the stash, a full skein plus the leftovers from another skein I used to make a Brandywine Shawl for my friend Hope (which I just realized I still haven’t blogged about – bad me!).

So, what do you think? Which should I make?

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