The Key to Jack’s Heart


This is a fun scarf. It is double knit, which means like all my scarves it is double sided. I used three colors for the portrait, and a tiny bit of needlework – to make his smile and outline his head.

The motifs are in honor of the game Kingdom Hearts, and the key is probably my favorite: it’s got a pumpkin head and a little bat where the key teeth usually go!


Look at the little bat eyes! I love when a design looks just the way you want it to, just how you pictured it. Well, I don’t mean you, you – I mean me. But I bet you recognize the feeling, if you’ve ever created something from concept to completion.

It took me all evening to get the pattern collected and completed. It is surprising me how many pieces I need to remember to make sure I have the pattern ready for someone else to read. It was less fun than designing it in the first place. An interesting sensation.

This is another in the Christmas gift series of scarves I made this fall. I can’t wait to pass it on, though I will miss it. But I know the recipient is going to really like it. That makes me feel good!



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So I’ve designed several scarves in the last couple of months. This one is in honor of the VlogBrothers, Hank and John Green (or John and Hank Green? Which name should go first? Am I making some sort of declaration by putting one name in front of the other?). One writes books and one writes songs and does science and they have a lot of irons in a lot of fires but their stated basic aim is to decrease world suck. I approve.

I’ve been watching their YouTube videos for a while, even though I am way too old for their basic demographic. Actually, I think even my¬†kids are a little too old for their basic demographic. I hope it’s OK that I still like them and watch their stuff. I have a niece in college who is also a fan, at least I’m assuming so, since she keeps posting Facebook pictures using their special Nerdfighter salute. These guys and their posse (the Nerdfighters) have this saying: Don’t Forget To Be Awesome. For short, DFTBA. Thus, the scarf. It’s double knit, so it doesn’t have a back. Either side could serve as the front, depending if you want gray with black letters or black with gray letters. And I put a ruffle on it so it would be Super Awesome. Ruffles have that power.

I made it for her for Christmas. I hope she likes it. I really hope she likes it. How embarrassing, if she just likes to pose like that and it’s a coincidence and she doesn’t know what the scarf even means. I just might hyperventilate for a few minutes, picturing that.

I’m going to figure out how to put the pattern up for sale, too. Give me a minute to figure that one out. Actually, give me a few hours. We’re going to see Ender’s Game right now, because it came out this weekend. I’m excited – I love the book so I hope the movie captures the essence of the story.

I’ll show you my other scarves, too. You can see my husband, there, with one of them.

Give me a minute…