Alice has some older siblings and today I gave a very late birthday present to her big sister, Jenny. Ages ago I asked her, if I was to knit her something, what colour she would like. She replied pink or purple. I went with purple.
We visited this afternoon and Jenny and Alice kindly posed for me. Well, I didn’t have to plead. Jenny was most willing, and Alice, after we practically tied her to Jenny with the scarf, was incredibly cooperative.
This was one of those projects where digging through the stash brought up a long forgotten skein, the kind I thought I’d never find a use for. It’s Waratah Fibres. Just a nice, hand painted 8ply merino that, at 100g, was exactly the right amount for a 10 year old’s scarf, particularly as it grew considerably after washing.
The pattern is the Yarn Harlot’s fabulous One Row Scarf pattern. If you’ve never made it, I highly recommend it as a simple but efffective way to both knock over a quick scarf for a gift and use up those odd skeins of handspun or handpainted yarns.
Jenny’s quite a stylish girl. She tied it on herself in this way and I think it works well! She said the wool was a little scratchy and I confess I thought so too, even after washing it. But I’ll advise her mum to maybe wash it again and see if that helps.
They’re great friends these two, even with such a big age gap. In fact there’s almost the same gap between them as there is between Alice’s mum and I. Seeing them together brings back such memories!
What was really cute as we were taking these photos was that Alice picked a dandelion and knew at once that you blow the seed heads into the air! How very clever! Jenny says she taught her – good girl for remembering!
What was funnier was watching her pick the stalks that had long since lost their seed heads and blowing on them anyway!
Jenny, incidentally, is a keen knitter herself. She didn’t bring any with her today but tells me she’s made some mistakes on her current piece and wants to know if we can have a knitting and baking day together some time soon.
I don’t think she’ll have to twist my arm!