I happened to pick up a stash of this great water-colored fringed ribbon yarn (Phentex Yarns Fashion Eight) that I just couldn't resist. But then what to do with it? Surfing Ravelry.com for some yarn/pattern inspirations, I found the "Rave Bolero Jacket" by Barbara Breiter published for Crystal Palace Yarns and immediately was thinking of my sister.
Her birthday was about a month away which should give me plenty of time to knit this cute little summer bolero.
The yarn was close enough to the original although I did change some measurements for my sister. The pieces knit up quickly and I felt in control of my schedule... then came our little road trip to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. What an amazing place in the middle of the continent!
Suddenly, I was only about a week away from my sister's birthday and I still had sew the bolero together, finish and mail it to her. Ohhh, cutting it close!
I happened to have a great color matching yarn in my stash (NaturallyCaron.com Country - Spruce) that I doubled up with the fuzzy yarn for a round of sc with hook size 4.25 mm (US 6/G).
Although it now had some hold to it (it was a bit stretchy before), I experimented with an additional row of the turquoise Country yarn by repeating sc, skip next sc, 3 dc in sc, skip next sc all the way around, and around the sleeve edges. This gave it a nice scalloped finish. But there was still something missing...
I had to mail the package today for it to arrive in time and needed to come up with something quick and easy...
A "Chain Flower" brooch with a button as the flower's center would do it. I started with a magic loop into which I repeated: sc, *12 chs, sc* repeat 16 times. Attached it, packaged it, and off to the post office I was.
Yikes, that was a bit too close for comfort but it turned out really nice, I think.