Well, yesterday was frustrating but well worth the effort. I went back to the hairdresser and she fixed the orangeness of my hair. I wanted strawberry blond originally but now it's more like a darker golden blond than what I had before. At least people won't stare now:
This whole experience has made me rethink my choice in hair color and hair stylists. First, it would be nice to go back to my natural color. I think it's a dark blond but I'm not sure. I haven't been all natural since junior high. Second, my stylist should have known that my regrowth would not have dyed the same way as the rest of my hair. I had even asked her if it would take longer since I assumed she would lighten up my roots and then do the all over color with the red tints. Nope. But I like her and she fixed my hair with no charge. I'm going to have to think about this issue more.
The new pattern I tried for my mother's Christmas scarf (that she requested) is actually the original pattern I wanted. I don't know why I talked myself out of it before but it really is an improvement:
I love the zig-zags and I love how thick it's turning out. I think it will make a lovely scarf and be practical at the same time. Plus she picked out the yarn so I wanted the pattern to show it off.
This scarf will now be my weekend project while the sweater will be worked on during the week. I have to schedule it out otherwise I'd feel horribly overwhelmed and worry that I won't get both done by Christmas. I have about a month and a half left to finish, piece of cake right?