I very much like to make things for my friends when they have a birthday or other special event. Really I do. The problem is that I always seem to end up pretty far behind schedule. So, last night, since it was the night before Natalie's birthday, I was finishing up on Rachel's birthday present. Because you see, Rachel's birthday was about two weeks ago and it was necessary to finish her present before I could finish Natalie's. So today when we all had lunch for Nat's b-day, Rachel got a present. That's how things work around here.
Anyway, I used the scarf pattern from Denyse Schmidt's really great book, and although most of you do not know Rachel, she's kind of awesome, so I busted out some of the good stuff from my fabric stash in her honor. This included some of my Lara Cameron ginkgo linen as well as some long hoarded Mary Flanagan wool felt. I also used up some wool scraps that I had left over from a couple of random winter projects as well as some quilting cotton. I had my doubts when I was piecing the thing but when it was finished I decided that I really liked it and that it was fun enough to make that I'll probably use the pattern again. I also realized that I shouldn't feel badly about how much I hesitate to cut into fabric that I really love (a serious habit of mine) because apparently, when the right project comes along, I'll do it without thinking twice.