Spring Scarf Despite The Blizzards

Detail of rolling a hem

Karen decides to make a Spring scarf and blizzards hit Scotland. You couldn’t make it up. Undeterred, and inspired by a tutorial that The Cupcake Goddess directed me towards, I steamed ahead. I was in the mood for something quiet and meditative with minimum swearing. There are several things you need for a session of hand sewing a rolled hem:

  • Good back support. You’re going to be sat a while. An hour and three quarters in my case, making a scarf that measured 130x34cm approximately. Very approximately. One end of the scarf may – and I stress may – be more narrow than the other. Ahem.
  • Good light. You’re going to be peering very closely.
  • Something on in the background, ideally Come Dine With Me. I never fail to be amazed at how happily the Great British Public get steaming drunk on telly under the fragile cover of cooking a meal for strangers. Brilliant entertainment!
  • As ever in this world, patience. The biggest trial was dealing with knots and knots and knots in my thread. The swearing quota crept up the more tired I became. I’ve heard that you can run your thread through beeswax in order to avoid knots, but doesn’t this leave a stain of grease on the fabric as you pull the thread through? If any of you have experience of this, do let me know.

But here we are – a success!

My finished rolled hems

Scarf As Worn

It occurred to me that this is the type of project that would make an ideal gift for friends. All you need is some delightful fabric and a couple of spare hours. And really – isn’t this fabric delightful?

Part of the reason that I turned to this project is because my other Work In Progress needs some careful concentration. Look! Here’s a bow collar:

The next stage of the jacket involves inserting the lining and before I do that, I really need to make final adjustments to one of the sleeves and possibly those princess seams. It’s going to be tricky. I’m going to be swearing enough to make a sailor blush and there is going to be a lot of seam ripper action going on. This much I know. You have to gird your loins for stuff like that, don’t you? I’m not sure today’s the day.

I am a bit concerned that the lower part of that bow is much deeper than it is on the pattern image. Have I done something wrong? Probably. I’m sure I’ll find out sooner or later.

I almost forgot! Yesterday I went to a library event in Solihull, catching the train from the oh-so-sweet Marylebone station in London and look what I took with me!

Knitting Goes For A Train Ride

And one last photo. (This really is the last one, I promise.) I was at Oxford Literary Festival at the weekend, there to hear three authors speak. But, really? What’s a literary festival without a knitting reference? I’m glad to see they kept their priorities straight:

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5 Responses to Spring Scarf Despite The Blizzards

  1. Tilly says:

    Beautiful scarf! The jacket looks very impressive (love the bow) – looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  2. Karin says:

    The scarf is perfect, just what I want to wear right now. Today has been a sunny morning after all. Maybe you are willing Spring into existence!

  3. CGCouture says:

    I love the scarf! When it comes to using beeswax (which I will never go without the wax again!) you need to run the un-knotted thread through the wax and then use your iron (and probably a presscloth, though I’ve never used one) to melt the wax into the thread. If you don’t melt the wax it seems to kind of wad up and make hand-sewing more difficult. I like to wax up several needles and thread at once, so that I don’t necessarily have to do one each time I need to make a small section of hand stitching. Hope that helps! 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for all that information about beeswax. I am definitely going to try that … just as soon as I work out where to buy the beeswax from.

  5. loutracey says:

    i realise i’m a bit late in coming to this post, i’ve just discovered your blog but i have to say i’m with you on the ‘one end may just be narrower than the other’ bit, nice to hear someone else struggles with seemingly simple symmetry!!!

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