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MacGyverisms

November 22, 2009

They say necessity is the mother of invention. There’s a lot of wisdom in that statement. This morning we discovered just how inventive you can get when necessary. PrincessButtercup has a set of Crystalites knitting needles. While the needles are really pretty, they aren’t incredibly practical for knitting as the plastic is quite brittle so they break easily. This morning, she was knitting on a scarf on the way to church. Dad hit a bump at exactly the wrong moment and snap went the needle. PBC and I began a frantic search for a spare needle in our knitting bags. My bag was empty but PBC had a double pointed needle. She said “If I had a point protector, I could use this dpn.” Unfortunately, neither of us had a point protector in our knitting bags. Then we began to search knitting bags, purses, and the console of the car for something to use as a substitute. Stitch counter – too loose. Eraser – not big enough. End cap to interchangeable needles – didn’t fit needle. We didn’t even have any duct tape. At the bottom of PBC’s purse however, we discovered the solution. A pony tail holder. We wrapped the pony tail holder tightly around one end of the double pointed needle and Voila! Instant straight needle. PBC had the tools she needed to continue knitting. MacGyver would have been proud.

My latest design is a lot like that. At the request of a friend, I recently designed a cowl. While cowls are hugely popular, I am not their biggest fan. They look really nice but you have to muss your hair to put them on and to remove them. In my eyes, that is not terribly practical. So I started trying to think of a way to get a cowl-like scarf that would give you that great splash of color at your neck but that didn’t muss your hair and makeup when you removed it.
My solution: Arwen Keyhole Scarf.

It keeps your neck warm and gives you that great splash of color at the throat but it is simpler to put on.

Just wrap one end around your neck and thread the other end through the clever little keyhole at the other end. I think even MacGyver would approve of this design


Pattern is available for download through Ravelry
$3.00

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I am also excited to announce that the entire Arwen collection is now available as an ebook at a discounted price. Arwen’s Elven Accessories is available as a download through Ravelry.

$10.50

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 22, 2009 2:25 pm

    Wow!!! Buying today… love the complete set and have just the right person to knit up the hat and cowl for Christmas! Gorgeous set.

  2. November 23, 2009 8:27 pm

    Clever and a great save! Like your new pattern. Very nice.

  3. cuka permalink
    November 24, 2009 1:24 am

    I love your Arwen Keyhole Scarf it’s . It’s Great!

  4. December 2, 2009 2:01 pm

    Pretty! I like the detailing at the end.

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