Well, not really. In all reality, this has only taken me about a week.
I've been terribly spoiled by my amigurumi, and how I've really grown with it. The thing is, I love amigurumi. I love making things and seeing them take shape. It's really just wonderful to watch it as I create more. However, every once in a while, I come across an amazing yarn, and then I find the amazing pattern to make with the amazing yarn.
My amigurumi is all made with acrylic yarn. Every once in a while, I might throw in a wool detail, but for the most part, it's all acrylic. I don't like using some amazing expensive yarn on something that's not worn, it just doesn't feel right. So, as mentioned in my previous blog, I got some amazing yarn from my friend Jackie. Here's the story of my newest project:
I got 2 skeins of this amazing Soft Silk (50% Merino Wool, 50% Silk) about 2 months ago in the mail. I didn't know what to do with it, so it really just sat in my stash. A couple weeks ago, I decided that since my cold weather is coming up really quickly, why not use all of the awesome wearable yarns for some winter stuff for me?! So, I pulled out this truly amazing burgundy yarn. After, I found a pattern on Ravely for a hooded cowl. I had to make the amazing hood in the amazing burgundy.
After VERY QUICKLY using up the 2 skeins, Jackie was nice enough to drive the 2 hours into New York to buy me SIX MORE skeins of the yarn. She got it for me, and sent it immediately, so that I could actually quickly continue onto my project. Everyone say YAY FOR JACKIE!!
So, I set off, crocheting away on this hood. Now, again, I make more creatures than anything else, so I'm just not used to stuff like this. And, because I've been spoiled by making a creature in about 2 hours, when something takes DAYS, it's just taking too long for me. lol. I ran into so many problems. First off, I love the cable pattern. I've never done too many cables, but this I truly loved. I love that you can even crochet and even make it look like knitting. I ran into my first trouble when I seamed the hood up. One side would have made it way too big, so I actually had to turn it so where my head is, is actually supposed to be the bottom. lol.
When I got to the ribbing, this change really made it a bit more difficult. The cowl also was not going to work out for me, because of this change that I had made. I thought of some other ideas. At first I thought I would make it into a hooded mobius, but in the middle of making that, thought that maybe I should just turn it into a scoodie (a hooded scarf). I was dying last night, just wanting to get it done. I ended up setting it down and going to sleep and get a fresh mind in the morning.
This morning, as I picked it up, I thought, "Why can't I basically stop the scarf right here, and just bring it across to a big button, and make it a cowl again?!"
And so, after so much trouble and a HUGE pain in my elbow and hand last night, my hood is now complete! All in all, it was totally worth it, and I love it. I think I will try another one some day, but when I do, I will probably make my own pattern. The hood part was actually quite simple, so I definitely think I will use the same method when I make my own. :)