A few months ago, before I moved out of the city, my mom brought my aunt and grandmother down for a weekend visit. After a day of site seeing and eating our way through the city, they wanted to see where I was working. I wasn’t sure how much they would enjoy being in a yarn shop since none of them knit or crochet, but I obliged and brought them to Loop.
As we walked around the shop, they picked up samples, asking the usual questions about construction and cost and how long certain projects took to make. While this was going on, I noticed my grandmother had taken a serious liking to one of the samples we had on display, and before I knew it, she had wrapped the pink and burgundy Clockwork scarf around her neck for everyone to admire.
“I like this!” she exclaimed. “I would really like one of these in black and white to go with my black leather jacket. Wouldn’t that be nice?” She was smiling and caressing the scarf slowly with her hands. I had never seen her get so excited over something like this before.
When I got to work on Monday morning, I told Kathy about my latest project and asked her to help me choose two colors of Madelinetosh Tosh Sock that would best fit Nanny’s request. We settled on Antler and Graphite. That evening I set out to make Nanny the scarf of her dreams!
Originally, I wanted to make this scarf as a Christmas gift, but things didn’t exactly go as planned. Between moving and unpacking, I didn’t get around to actually finishing the scarf a few weeks ago. I finally gave it to her when we went out to lunch last week. She was thrilled!
I am constantly impressed with Stephen’s designs because they appear complex, yet are so simple to follow. The way I see it, you can’t go wrong with a Madelinetosh yarn and a Stephen West pattern. The Tosh Sock gives the scarf a wonderful drape and the merino is enough to keep you warm on the chilliest day.
I actually liked Nanny’s Clockwork so much that I’ve started one for myself. You should start one too!