The Joy of Sparkly Things
I know I risk all the blonde jokes by writing about my attraction to (and distraction by) “sparkly things”.
I'm the one who walks into a store at Christmas and sees the decorations, not the merchandise. And if I don't have a list, I'll walk through the entire store without remembering what I came in for.
The same thing happens with magazines. If there are sparkly things in the photos, I'm hypnotized. I don't care what the content is.
This happens wherever I go, so when I was looking for some scented candles for the Holidays, that section was located right by the yarn aisles and, you guessed it!- sparkly yarn. I had to walk over and touch it. And then, hypnotized by both the lacy feel and metallic shimmer mixed with the variegated blues, I wanted to take it home with me. I really wanted it.
This instinct was immediately counter-balanced by extreme guilt...there already was sparkly yarn sitting for the last two years in a bag with other UFOs (unfinished objects). The solution became immediately clear. I'd make two scarves. First, the UFO with the silver gray sparkly yarn and then use this really gorgeous blue metallic yarn. Of course, since this new yarn was thin and really wanted a lacier feel, I also had to buy giant #16 needles, too.
So first, the unfinished object:
My silver-gray metallic-flecked scarf is knitted on size 10 needles, straight knit, no fringe. Look how pretty it is over a simple black t-shirt--perfect for Choir Practice!
Next...I am working the blue metallic yarn scarf as a much narrower neck accessory, but "loopy" on size 16 needles, I might do fringe.
My suggestion to you for the long cold nights coming up before the holidays is to complete a couple of super-quick knitting or crocheting projects while watching a romantic comedy or classic holiday movie. It's not pointless or silly, it's satisfying to see a completed project, to work with the tactile sensation of fibers--knitting or crocheting does wonders for the soul.
And, because you are working with a simple pattern—you can make a scarf using a straight knit or crochet because “it's all about the yarn.” The only decision you'll have to make is whether you want to add fringe or not!