Back in November, I showed you just a weensy glimpse of a Christmas present I was making for my mom: this pretty pale-gray crocheted scarf:
I was so happy with how it came out. The pattern is "#27" from a Japanese craft book called Handmade Crochet Book, ISBN 978-4-415-10530-7. (I buy all of my Japanese craft books locally from Kinokuniya in Beaverton; I'm not sure if they will take phone orders and ship books out for you — does anyone know? Yes, it sounds like they will!) I used a 4.00mm hook and my beloved Eco Alpaca yarn in color #1524 (Oatmeal) from Happy Knits (probably three skeins).
This scarf took a looooong time. I didn't find the pattern to be particularly relaxing, admittedly. Even after I had it memorized, I had to think about it a lot, and count a lot, and rip out a lot, and redo a lot — but at least it was all one color, which sort of balanced the degree of difficulty! Each little triangle motif is crocheted separately, then joined, triangle by triangle; then a border is worked around the entire thing (and I wound up doing another round of single crochet beyond what the directions called for around the border again, I think). There were 24 triangle motifs in all. But it was so soft and so gooshy and warm when it was done. I just loved it. And my mom did, too.
I made Andy's mom a different crocheted scarf. I'll show you that tomorrow!