"What can you recommend?"
One of the great pleasures of this blog is that I don’t pick my own projects. You may think that’s odd, but I think of it like walking into a restaurant and ordering the special, sight unseen--you come away with the most amazing experiences you’d probably never have picked for yourself.
When is it okay to cheat?
This scarf is the kind of high-drama accessory I love, but I don’t know that I’d have chosen it from all the other lovely offerings at Loopy Mango. Something as quick as Handspun Bouquet almost seems like cheating. You should see me as I started to knit this--I laughed as if I’d just found the secret shortcut. Like the lady who dumps canned stew into her own crockery and takes it to the church potluck--and gets away with it.
Not that this is cutting corners--no ma’am, this is one stunning bit of fiber. So cool and artsy that I shall be intolerable when I wear it for the first time. (Some might quip that I’m verging on intolerable now...yes, I hear you). I’ve spent time just oogling the yarn as I wound it into the massive (and in, my eyes, un-portable) ball, taking notice of each individual rosette. Each of those lovely flowers is more charming by the sheer fact that I didn’t have to make it.
Want to know the ugly truth?
I couldn’t make something even as simple as one of these rosettes. The ugly truth is that while I can knit up a storm, I am craft impaired. I may have written two parenting books, but I’ve botched more MOPS crafts than you can shake a glue-gun at.
This, however, I feel confident I can handle. The hardest part about this project? Keeping my 19-year-old daughter from stealing it when it’s done.