Coastal Starry

I made my first starry stole for one of my grandmothers for Christmas. I was hoping to have two done by Christmas time, but like most of my plans to make presents that didn’t pan out.

I bought the Oregon coast colorway of Knit Picks Shadow thinking it would be a much lighter,more neutral color from the picture on the website. I am actually very happy that it turned out darker than I expected. The color is similar to beach sand (hence the Oregon Coast name) with subtle rainbow-esque variations within the colors.

After making the first one, I decided that the rest of these (of which there will be four) should be a little longer than the pattern calls for. I did four repeats of the full chart rather than the three called for in the pattern. That gave it a bit extra length to be wrapped like a scarf:

or to actually be wrapped around the shoulders when worn as a shawl:

Unfortunately, this meant I needed more beads than I ended up with, due to quite a few beads that were unusable for the project. Either the holes were too small or they didn’t even have holes. Whatever the case, I had to improvise. Luckily, by doing both sides at once I was able to put the different beads directly in the center so they are all directly in the back and it won’t be noticeable. Though I did have some gold beads that made it less noticeable, anyway.

I really like the way it came out with the added length, so I am going to do that for the last two as well. Makes it easier to keep it on the shoulders.

It’s Easier Done Right

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But seriously, sometimes you just have to make do with what you have at hand until you have time to get the actual things you need to do the project. That is why (after stringing 350 tiny beads only to find out the yarn was not exactly strong enough to hold them all being pushed along with each few stitches) I spent a week or so threading dental floss through individual stitches to thread a bead on each stitch of a project I can’t quite show yet considering it is a surprise Christmas gift. But I can show you the painstaking process in progress:

Annoying, but effective if you have floss lying around and not a tiny crochet hook. But I kept avoiding working on this project because, again, 350 beads plus having to go through that whole thing for each individual one equals not exactly fun. So I finally hoofed it on over to Michael’s (is it still hoofing it if you ride a bike? I have no clue), and got myself a size 12 crochet hook. Much better, much faster, much less frustrating.

I get the bead, make the stitch, and thread the bead all in one smooth motion. Definitely going to save my sanity on a project which actually has 700 beads. The 350 is just for this half.