Pattern: Willoughby by Jared Flood
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Luster
Needles: US 7
This scarf was an absolute dream to knit. I don't remember ever tiring of the pattern. Tosh Merino Light is equally, if not more dreamy! I could live in it! I bought two skeins based on the pattern's yardage, which calls for worsted or dk weight, I think. I only used a skein and a tiny bit of the second. That leaves me enough to make my own Different Lines (I've already bought Fragrant to do so!). :D I'll actually wear mine, unlike some boy I know...(though he did wish he'd put it on yesterday when the wind was absolutely frigid).
I just know my Grandma is going to go nuts over this scarf. I'm not sure how warm it is going to be. Maybe I'll give it a test-drive before I give it to her.... :)
Pattern: Chu Totoro Toy by brella
Yarn: Mirasol Akapana and Lion Brand LB Collection Baby Alpaca
Needles: US 7
This I whipped up in a day for my brother. Remember I made him a little Chibi Totoro for his birthday? I thought he'd like a real one too (plus the movie!). Let me reiterate how much I despise intarsia: I despise intarsia. I was tempted to rip the whole toy apart and duplicate stitch the belly. I'm glad I didn't, but it still looks sloppy. :P
The eyes were tricky too. I have such a hard time with the French knot! I got it to work finally, though. This whole toy is quite sloppy, really. Look at his poor, misshapen tail. :( Oh well. Spike has a crooked tail too. It gives him character. :)
I really, really like the Akapana. I got this little bit at a yarn-tasting at our shop (used every bit of it too). I've rearranged that yarn numerous times in the shop and never thought twice about it, but it's wonderful! I highly recommend it.
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