Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Inspiration of the Wee Hours

So last night was the worst so far, cough-wise (this afternoon I phoned the doctor and told him of my intense regret at having turned down his offer of codeine cough medicine and he agreed to call in the prescription now). As I lay tired but sleepless, I began to think about a little project I might try. There was a vague sense that this was not an original thought; I honestly believe I read about something like this on a blog a couple of months ago.

Anyway, I thought I would take a FQ and cut it in half lengthwise and then sew the short ends together, forming a piece roughly 9 x 42 inches. This would become the back of a scarf. Then I thought I might take some additional, coordinating FQs and cut them in strips 9" long by various widths. And sew them together to make the front of a scarf. Not a big, long, wrap-around-a-buncha-times kind of scarf, but a shorter, more tailored kind of scarf, the sort of thing one would wear with a Chesterfield coat (do they still make Chesterfields?) or with a nice London Fog raincoat. I even had a recipient in mind, not that I've ever seen her in either a Chesterfield or a London Fog. She's a dear lady who gives me something she's made each Christmas, usually some yummy jam, but sometimes a loaf of breakfast bread. I generally give her a tart or a pie, but last year I gave her a little handbag that I'd made and she seemed pleased. I thought she might like a scarf.

Today after my nearly nonexistent night of sleep, I stayed home from work until after lunch, and actualized my plan. I used coordinating FQs of Daiwabo taupes and am pleased with the outcome.

And if you are, or know who is, the person who blogged this idea initially, please let me know so I can give proper credit! Because I think I just might be making a couple more of these little guys.



12 comments:

Little Mysteries said...

It looks fantastic. Love the color scheme. Hope you get a good nights sleep soon.

dutchquilter said...

first of all I wish you a good night sleep this upcomming night. 2nd: I like like like that scarf!!!! it looks so fabulous! I think I'll try it myself when I am allowed back behind the sewingmachine!
get well soon!!!

hugs from the Netherlands
Winda aka dutchQuilter

The Calico Cat said...

I think the general idea was first put forth in Denyse Schmidt's book "Quilts."

BTW The RR quilt went into yesterday's mail.

Juliann in WA said...

Such a cool idea for a simple project. I think I am a day or two behind you on this crud. I have to go to work this morning but think I might come home early and nap. Hope you are on the mend soon.

willywagtail said...

Thanks for the instructions and love the scarf. I'm sure the lady is so happy to get something homemade. Cherrie

ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

Yikes, trouble commenting.

I like that scarf. Simple, beautiful and useful.

Sorry about the cough. Such a drag.
For the tickle cough after pneumonia, I once found benedryl and aspirin a good combo. Won't touch a deep cough.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

...well it wasn't my idea but I thought I could use proper credit anyway. I mean, I'm just sayin'...

suz said...

lovely scarf, the colors are wonderful! So sorry you are so sick. Just make sure you keep drinking fluids so you don't dehydrate-that will slow the process of getting better.

paula, the quilter said...

Such a thoughtful gift. Hope you are feeling better soon.

Tanya said...

How nice! I once tried something like that but I put batting in it (made the job more difficult for myself) and it was too stiff to wear..

Sewbaby said...

Sorry you are still under the weather! Glad you rethought the cough medication. After being sick one Easter weekend....I will always keep some stocked in my cabinet. I coughed so much, I lost my voice for 1 month!!

Still creative,even sick!!!

Hugs,

Traci

StitchinByTheLake said...

I could use that scarf today...it's cold and windy here! blessings, marlene