Friday, November 26, 2010

Pocket Scarf - The Swiss Army Knife of Neckwear

It's getting colder, with winter approaching, and I was reflecting on my favorite beanie, an earflap number that's lined with fleece.  I like the hat because it's fashion forward and keeps my head warm.  I notice, though, as I bike to work, that the wind is beginning to feel bitingly cool on my neck.  I have a collection of scarves, woolly guys that do the trick, but nothing with the warmth and comfort of my fave beanie.

We have a box full of fabric, most of which Marny buys for her projects, but a few pieces I pick up out of the odds'n'ends bin whenever I've tagged along and ended up in the fabric store.  There's a bit of the blue felt I lined the beanie with left, and I was going to see about building a scarf from that, but alas, it was insufficient, requiring a store run.

I got a bargain on some light blue fleece and picked up a yard of gray fleece too, in case I want to make something respectable looking. 

As I pondered the thought of a scarf, and walking to the grocery co-op without gloves on, I stumbled upon the realization that a scarf with pockets would be sweet.  How to make pockets?  Two ways: 1) fold the end back up and sew the sides together, leaving the entry perpendicular to the scarf length, or 2) make a doubled up scarf and leave a section of seam open to access the inside.

I made one scarf a-la option 2, and it came out nice, only stylistically challenged due to some questionable decision making about where stripes would be appropriate.  My sister works in an office that's aggressively air conditioned, and she thought the scarf was pretty sweet, so she inherited it.  She did have some requests, should a round two of scarves be produced:  be able to put whole arms in; glove ends instead of pockets.

To that end, I "designed" by my usual hack-n-fix methodology, what I feel can legitimately be called a Swiss Army Scarf.  It has pockets.  It has arm holes.  It can be worn as a hat.  It is fashion challenged in the best of circumstances, but when all the other meeples are shivering in the snow, it'll keep me as warm as a convection toaster oven.

I'll be selling them for $30.  The Snuggie people may want to contact me for licensing rights.

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