The Power of Focus

The Power of Focus

Sweater News:

Well, lemme tell ya.

I am almost done with my Dark and Stormy Cardigan. Which, due to the Glass Blue color, is more like a “Bright and Clear” Cardigan. 🙂

I finished the sleeves earlier this week while watching Pride and Prejudice.

I’ve now picked up stitches all the way around the front and collar (while watching Sense and Sensibility).

Whew. The end is in sight.

I’m not revealing yet what I’ve decided on the collar, but will tell you next time.  (He he he.. *rubs hands together with a sneaky grin on face)

I am BLOWN AWAY by the number of responses (240 so far) on my last post asking for collar advice. WOW! Thanks for all the suggestions. Such wise and loving gals you are. Blessed indeed I am to “know” each of you.

So stay tuned for final photos on this one! SOON!!!

Weaving Stuff

I finished my first scarf the day after starting it but never showed you!! EEEEeeeep!

my first woven silk scarf

I used my Sea Jade silk as the warp (running the length of the scarf) and the new Macaron (French spelling in case you wondered… it’s Macaroon in English) as the weft (going back and forth).

(It helps me to remember that the weft yarn goes “wight” and “weft,” “wight” and “weft.”)

It’s SUPER COOL! My first woven scarf! Gasp!

The only thing is… I got anxious to take it off the loom (since it’s my first woven piece!) and so I actually have a…

my first woven silk scarf by hand

MINI scarf. HA! It barely wraps around my neck, but it works! I’ll just tuck the ends into my jacket. I’m so silly sometimes.

I’ve started weaving something else using scrap cream colored yarns:

silky scrap hand-woven scarf

Isn’t it GORG? Looks like silky, creamy burlap. HELLO. Don’t know what it is or what I’ll do with it, but I’m having fun and that is what counts.

BUT ALL projects, including this one, are on hold until my sweater is done!

Focus, focus, focus!! That is the word of the day!

I’ll go for now… My sweater is calling my name…

The REAL question for today is…

Does it bother you I started to paint my desk white weeks ago and just quit? (Ha ha!! I crack myself up sometimes)


We’ll talk soon…


By | 2017-09-04T14:05:03+00:00 September 27th, 2013|Knitting, Other Yarn Crafts, Scarves and Cowls, Silk Yarn, Sweaters, Weaving|12 Comments


  1. Sharon Keller September 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Everything is so gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the sweater completed! And your weaving is so fun and beautiful and a great way to mix yarn colors, looks like fun. You inspire all of us to try all of this and make it all look so easy. Can’t wait to see what’s next 🙂 Ty for being you and for sharing your creativity with us all.

  2. Susan Jarvis September 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I love the mini scarf!! I have ended up with short scarves too because I got anxious to see the finished product.
    I ordered my first yarn last night and am now waiting for it to come. I ordered the tree frog because I have a little project in mind . I need some long fingerless gloves as I have developed neuropathy in my hands and it extends to my elbows. This means that my hands and arms are always cold so I need to cover them. What more cheerful way could there be, with those lovely colors climbing up my arms!!

  3. Sarah September 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    The woven scarf is beautiful. I love the colors. If it’s too short though, you can always use it as a table runner!

  4. Linda September 27, 2013 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    you’re soooo funny! a young version of me….starting a few things at once, I still do….hahaha. I’m loving the sweater “dark and stormy night” and now weaving…something I’ve never done! I’m working away on Christmas gifts for my grandchildren, panic…will I finish in time! Third grandchild on the way…have to plan a baby shower, too. I’m going as fast as I can….knit, knit, crochet, quilt and oh yes mend $#%@ which eats up valuable creative time. The highlight of my mornings – coffee and opening my laptop to see what’s going on at your house! Thanks for your posts and blog!

  5. Lynda M Otvos September 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Weaving grabbed me, Chandi, last summer on an Open Studio tour around Berkeley and I have just taken class after class since. This class uses the silk from July’s Club mailing combined with Silk/Bamboo and OMS (stars) it is coming out gorgeous and So Bloody SOFT !~! I’m doing it with a loose weave (reed with 7 threads to inch) so the warp shows thru and I am making it curvy like waves. Water figures very heavily into my life and so the effects of wave-like looks on articles in my home is always welcome.

    I gifted my local bestie with that amazing Orange/Purple wool. She has been overly generous with me as she sorts and winnows after her mom’s early and sucky death, so I gave that to her and she let slide a few gratitude-infused tears. The colorway screamed “PLM” the moment I opened it; many thanks for that opportunity to give her something so truly unique and indescribably gorgeous.

    My cowl with August’s Club Yarn measures thirteen long (so far) and seven high (inches those are) so I expect it will get nice and puffy. My button collection will provide interest and ability to take it on and off without having to go overhead. The colors-once again, Little Miss-are astoundingly realistic and combined in a fashion that just blows me away.

    Dear One, this long missive says thank you in as many ways as my hands want to play with the yarn. You’re the best and I am going to renew my three-month subscription; you’ve gotten me “Hooked,” and I love you for it.

  6. Eileen Wormser September 27, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    The scarf is beautiful. Good for you!

  7. Sherry Mash September 27, 2013 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Oh Chandi!!! Your weaving is gorgeous….even if you did take it off early!! You’ve inspired me to buy a loom. Do you mind sharing where you bought your loom and did you use any tutorials to help you get started weaving?

  8. Justine Arrasate Lloyd September 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    LOVE the weaving!!! OMG…..you are def. making me interested in THIS as well!!! AGGGHHHHH LOL
    Your sweater is coming out beautiful and can’t wait to see it finished! I just started the right side to my sweater jacket and if I do “say so myself”, I am rather impressed that I’m knitting my first wearable!!! I have a question though….I am knitting it in bulky wool…..do I wet this and block it? Or, do I just put it together? Thanks Chandi!!!! Justine

  9. Martha Beard September 28, 2013 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Sweater is looking great! I also love the colors in your woven scarf. The table runner idea sounds good if it is too short. I have knitted since I was eight, and knitting is what preserved my sanity on many occasions throughout my life. I am glad it is having a resurgence. I have taught my daughter and daughter-in-law to knit, and they both enjoy it as well. Keep up the blog; I really enjoy it!

  10. Debbie Fisher September 28, 2013 at 10:27 am - Reply

    The sweater is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the finale! The weaved scarf is beautiful. I purchased a small placemat in similar colors at an Artisan Fair in New Hampshire over the summer. I keep it in my lunchbox to use at school (I am a school librarian). It brings me a little summertime joy every day. You are such a wonderful artist, Chandi. I’m so glad I discovered your youtube knitting videos and blog. And now your weaving makes me want to purchase a loom (just kidding dogs and cats would be all over it). Love you!

  11. Deb Ginsburg September 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    They are both wonderful! I can’t wait to see what you decided for the sweater. It’s just gorgeous!

  12. susan moran September 29, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    If you are a Pride and prejudice fan, have you ever seen “Lost in Austen” a very entertaining variation of Pride and Prejudice?
    I think you might enjoy it.

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