A Secretary Is Not A Toy: Bound-Off

The Name

A Secretary Is Not A Toy by John Myhers and Ensenble from How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying

One of my more favorite musicals, this project, as mentioned previously, is a gift for Debbie, dubbed ESSS Debbie, the secretary of the building where my guild meets. She has been my partner-in-crime, in that she has assisted me with materials to “make” a name tag, when I’ve forgotten mine. This prevents me from having to pay a fine; and therein, lies the crime.

So, a secretary is not a toy; in my case a secretary has been a joy!

The Shawl / The Scarf

Dimensions: 72 x 12 inches
Recipient: ESSS Debbie
Pattern: Saroyan by Liz Abinante
On The Needles: November 6-14,2019
Needles: US 10 Needles

I don’t know how I got exactly what I was searching for in a pattern – lace and no stockinette curling – especially since I was using acrylic, which does not block well. Anyway, I am in love with this designer’s shawls. I think I may have made one previously; no, I did not, but this Saroyan reminded me of Arroyo. I do know for a fact that Liz has more because I remember they are based off of Bones.

Saroyan is – what I like to call – vertically stitched, knitted back and forth between lace edge and shawl body, comprised of a stockinette body and garter edge, or mope easily: sideways. If you have a real good memory, you are golden. I, on the other hand, could only remember the first two rows of lace and the last two rows, nothing in between.

The lace pattern is leaves with a central spine. They also appear to puff up despite being knitted in stockinette for the most part; I think it’s the SSKs and the opposing k2TOGs pushing the stitches up. I love learning.

Dang! The pattern states a finished size of 69 inches wide, using six increase patten repeats, ten non-increasing pattern repeats and six decreasing pattern repeats; I only did five-nine-five, hoping for a shorter shawl and I get 73 inches wingspan!?

Now, I am afraid to wet block, which pattern does recommend; might it help prevent the garter edge from flipping behind the stockinette? Let me know your thoughts.

The Yarn

Red Heart Super Saver
Color: 0656 Real Teal; Content: 100% Acrylic; Weight: 4, Worsted Weight

My original set of pictures did not feature the amount of yarn left over. I was so scared I was going to run out, a friend of mine went out and bought me another, just in case. Of course, she contacts me from the store and asks: “Is that all?” Then I think, “Why not buy a second color to compliment, as I don’t anticipate using hardly any, if all.” Well, it turns out I did not need the second skein, nor the additional color skein, my friend bought for me. Solely because I have enough yarn: my plans are to take it back for a refund.

The coil in the center is what I was left with. It’s no joke when they tell you to make sure you buy enough – it’s also a marketing ploy! Ha ha ha ha ha!

A Secretary Is Not A Toy

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