I have been going to physical therapy for the last several weeks and have several more weeks to go. I started thinking that I would like to make something special for my therapist. She is such a nice person, always so upbeat and encouraging. But what do you make someone that you really don’t know personally? I couldn’t tell what colors that she likes because they have color days where they all where the same color shirts. Is she sensitive to wool or not? I didn’t want to ask her these things because I didn’t want to give anything away. At first I thought I would make her something for her children, because she talks about them often, but then decided that I wanted to make something just for her. I decided on the color Plum. Plum is supposed to be one of the popular colors for this winter and it seems to go with different people’s coloring. I decided against wool since I didn’t know about the sensitivity issue.
Caron has come out with a new yarn called Simply Soft Eco. The color I chose was Plum Perfect. I don’t think it is as soft as their other yarn, but still softer than some of the other acrylic yarns and very economical. First I made the Beaufort Hat (pdf file).
I really like this pattern – the second one I’ve made. It stretches well, so I didn’t have to worry about the exact size of her head. I used size 9 needles this time. Then I decided to make her something to go with the hat, so I made these
They are called Easy Lace Fingerless Mittens by Kathleen Taylor. They can be worn with or without gloves. They also stretch so you don’t have to worry about exact fit. I love this pattern. I made a pair for myself last year. It works up quickly (I made these in three evenings) and the stitch pattern is easy to memorize. I used size 4 needles. I made both of these projects with one skein of yarn and had yarn leftover!
So, I had bought 3 skeins, used one, then I decided to make a scarf with the remaining two skeins. Each skein has approximately 249 yards. Plenty for a scarf with just one skein. I decided to use two strands held together and make a nice thick Scrunchable Scarf by Susan McConne. This is such a nice pattern, this is the third time I’ve made it and would make it again. I love how it feels! I used size 15 needles and cast on 17 stitches.
So now my gift set is done, just have to decide when to give it to her!