Red Ruffled Scarf

I have one more Christmas present to share! I made more than the two I've mentioned, but in the bustle of the holidays and traveling, I didn't get pictures of the other two. Ah well, such is life. One that I did get pictures of, though, is a scarf that I made my mom:

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My mom saw a scarf like this when we were together a couple of months ago, and she loved it so much I decided to make her one to go with the coat we got her for Christmas. I was slightly worried about finding a pattern, but it turns out that it was right on the label! The yarn is a novelty yarn by Red Heart called Sashay. I know, both Red Heart and novelty yarns have a bit of a bad reputation in the knitting world, but this was surprisingly fun to work with. This is what it looks like before it's knit up:

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And then it opens up into a sort of mesh; you knit using only the top loops of the yarn, into every other space, so that it falls into the ruffles. 

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I made the scarf slightly wider than the directions called for, casting on twelve stitches instead of six and making it a few inches longer. It used exactly two skeins of the Sashay and was a big hit with my mom :).

I also wanted to share a couple of fun non-craft related things that have happened recently. The first is that we took a trip to the East Coast (where part of my husband's family lives) and we got to visit both Luray Caverns in Virginia and Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. I grew up in the Seattle area, where we now live, so being able to visit three states in a matter of minutes is still really weird for me! Luray features the Great Stalacpipe Organ (the largest musical instrument in the world), which is genuinely very cool, but my favorite part was Dream Lake.

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The bottom of that picture is actually a reflection of the top stalactites in the water, and it was gorgeous. The whole hike through was 1.4 miles; I was really proud that I'm feeling better and walked the whole way.

A couple of days later we went to Antietam, and it's amazing all on it's own, but then it started snowing!

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Antietam is so big that most people tour it in the car, and this first picture was at the beginning of the drive, looking out from the observation deck of the visitor's center (and also the beginning of the snow). About halfway through, I started to figure out that my husband isn't kidding when he says snow on the East Coast is different than on the West Coast...and we had to break out the scraper to read the plaques.

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This last picture is near the end, at a place called Burnside Bridge. The thing that struck me the most was that Antietam is so quiet. I don't know what I was expecting, but it definitely wasn't the sense of peace. Of course, the snow layer and the fact that we were the only ones there for most of the tour probably helped with that.

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We had a fantastic visit, and then when we got home, I had an article published! My husband and I have recently decided to adopt, and I wrote about how we came to that decision and our road so far. It has nothing to do with crafting, but if you'd like to read it, it can be found at http://pvbdaily.com/road-adoption-part-1/.

So that's what we've been doing for the new year; hope everyone else's is going just as great!