Craft-It-Forward Project 2014

It’s been a while since I paid any attention to this poor blog. Life got so busy I wasn’t even crafting! I got my Associate of Science degree in the meanwhile (full-time course-load homework & commuting will really bork your free time!) but now that I’m taking a break from school to finish homeschooling my kids and seeing them through early enrollment at the college, I’ve had time to get back to crafty things! Yay!

I’ve also joined a choir and finally got music back into my life. I’m also planning to start submitting poems to journals and magazines, and maybe even write some song lyrics, so RAWR! My creativity can breathe again!

So… I recently finished a craft-it-forward with some friends on Facebook, so here’s what I’ve been doing with much of my time, lately: the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf.

Infinity scarf 3

I made five of these. This was the only pic I got of it being worn before I sent them all off. Not the best lighting, but you get the idea, especially if you checked out the pattern’s Web page, linked above.

My Project page on Ravelry

I used a pretty autumn-colored yarn with a hint of glittery sparkle…

Boutique Midnight, in Harvest Moon colorway

Yarn: Red Heart Boutique Midnight
Colorway: Harvest Moon (photo above borrowed from pittypaws’ Ravelry stash)

It was really rather easy, and I hardly had to look at the pattern, once I made the first one. Each skein only made 12 of the pattern’s 20 rows, so I just finished them off at 12, since that was decently lush and scarfy, especially when wrapped twice into a cowl. 🙂

Infinity scarf 2

I timed the project (first time I’ve ever done that – going to do it more often) using the Knitting and Crochet Buddy app. The app has many handy tools. I like it.

The initial chain and first row took 35 minutes, together, then each row took about 15 minutes, so it was a three-hour project, per scarf. I did it in small chunks of time, like a half hour or so each time I sat down with it. Sometimes I got a bit tired of it and didn’t touch it for a few days or even weeks. It might be easier when everyone’s in school and I can listen to an audiobook to keep myself on-task for a longer period of time.

I got them mailed off in time for the holidays, and my friends seemed very pleased with them! Success! I might even whip up the optional button ties the pattern shows, and send them along, later. I skipped them because I had limited time and money.

I decided these scarves were so easy that I even whipped up three more in my kids’ favorite colors (red, teal, & purple) from yarn I had in my stash, in time for Yule gifting! I was going to aim for 20 rows on those because I had bigger skeins of yarn, but I ran out of time at row 13, so that’s what they got. 🙂

Soon I’ll have to post about the big bags of yarn some loved ones recently gave me (Kat <3, Val <3) (most of which are now in my Ravelry stash, except the ones that didn’t have labels) and about my plans for the next projects I want to do.

Seasonal Projects

It has been so long since I’ve made something for myself / my house / my family. Now that I’ve finished my year of handmade birthday gifts, there is time to make stuff for us! Summertime is especially full of free time, so here’s the first project I did.

Summer Stars Garland

Summer Stars

Granny squares, er, stars!

garland!

(Click to go to the project page on Ravelry, which has a link to the pattern)

It’s nice to have a bit of seasonal handmade fun hanging up! I’m such a fan of seasonal decor. =) I’ll have to find a leaf pattern to make a fall garland. And who knows, maybe several kinds for Winter fun! (Don’t worry, I won’t leave Spring out.) 😉 This was so fast and easy that I could do garlands all year, and still have time for wearables and blankets and maybe Yuletide gifts!

I want to sew up plenty of bunting, too. I’m a fan of cute baby bunting. For instance, I want to make a picnic blanket that looks like this:

Bunting Quilt!

(Click to go to tutorial for bunting quilt)

Plans, plans, plans… >;) What are your crafty plans for the Summer?

Gift For Mom

Bag for Mom (Click the picture to see the project page on Ravelry.)

I combined a couple of different patterns (and improvised straps) to make this bag as a birthday present for my mom’s 70th birthday. I made it in her favorite colors, and she absolutely loves it! She was showing it off to strangers, last I saw her. 😀

This was my first time doing granny squares. Fun was had by all (including the cat, as you’ll see on the Ravelry project page.)

Also, this was my first bag that wasn’t a little dice bag or soap sock. 😉

Happy birthday to my Mama!!! ♥

Leaf Lace Dishcloth

I am so happy about this dishcloth I made for a birthday gift! It’s one of the prettiest things I’ve ever knitted! Now I know how to do lacy leaves! So now you know that I want a scarf and a shawl using it… I get to knit for myself and my kids next year, after all the birthday gifts get done for this year. Almost there!

KniCroBlo Week: Post #7 – What a Yarn

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What a Yarn

There’s one love that we all share: yarn. Blog about a particular yarn you have used in the past or own in your stash, or perhaps one that you covet from afar. If it is a yarn you have used you could show the project that you used it for, perhaps writing a mini ‘review’. Perhaps, instead, you pine for the feel of the almost mythical qiviut? You could explore and research the raw material and manufacturing process if you were feeling investigative.

Since I’m a beginner (still, lol) and have been mostly working with the Red Heart acrylics I inherited from my mother-in-law and the inexpensive stuff from the craft stores… I haven’t gotten to touch anything famous or much-coveted, yet. So I’m not yet very drooly over yarn-porn. But I’ll share a couple of my favorites from my stash.

Caron Bliss, in "Jade"

Caron’s “Bliss” was the first really soft and gorgeous thing I bought for myself. It is truly a pleasure to touch. And that light green is one of my favorite colors ever, so my eyes love it too!

My kids love the yarn, as well. I haven’t done anything with it yet, but the girls have taken a little bit of it to play with, and my oldest kind of roughly shaped it into a miniature cat (almost like needle felting, only just shaping it with wrapping and pinching. I wish I had a picture. I think it fell apart since she made it.)

Festival Mix Fiber

And this yarn is also fluffy soft, along with snowy white… so lovely to hold and work with! It’s made of polyester and acrylic, but it could have fooled me! It’s silky soft!

I’m crocheting this moebius cowl with it (about half-way done, at this posting), and looking forward to wearing such a pretty winter-themed piece with my white coat. =)

And with the weather here, lately, I might still get to wear it on one last snowy day before Spring finally wins out! LOL

KniCroBloWeek: Post #6 – Revisit a Past F/O

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Revisit a Past F/O

Bring the fortune and life of a past finished project up to the present. Document the current state and use of an object you have knitted or crocheted, whether it is the hat your sister wears to school almost every day, or a pair of socks you wore until they were full of hole. Or maybe that jumper that your did just didn’t like that much…

The “Finished Object” I’m going to post about isn’t actually made of yarn, heh. I’m going to talk about the stitch markers I made.

My Stitch Markers

I love them so much! I had no idea how often they’d come in handy. I didn’t know really how to use them, when I made them. I had just been seeing a lot of them on Etsy, and my knitting friends mentioned theirs sometimes.

So when I saw some pretty beads that made me think of stitch markers, I bought them and whipped some up with supplies I had on hand. I thought they were pretty and fancy, but I had no idea how useful they’d be!

It turns out I use them a lot, and if I hadn’t made them, I’d have had to use safety pins or something, until I could afford to buy a set.

Marking the thumb gusset on my mitten!

It was pretty easy, so make yourself some, if you haven’t yet!

I should make another set that is numbered or color-coded. I haven’t needed that yet, but I think those exist, and for good reason. It might also be good to have some made for larger needles. I shaped them around my size 8 needles, so they won’t fit on anything bigger. Not that I’ve used bigger needles yet, but I probably will at some point!

KniCroBloWeek: Post #5 – Location, Location, Location

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Location, Location, Location

Where do you like to indulge in your craft? Is your favourite arm chair your little knitting cubby area, or do you prefer to ‘knit in public’? Do you like to crochet in the great outdoors, perhaps, or knit in the bath, or at the pub?

I think I really had the most fun taking my mittens project out with me, and working on it at the Tin Angel Café. It felt positively perfect to be knitting while chatting and waiting for our coffee and lunch to be served at the linen-draped table, on cute vintage tableware. Sitting under Victorian architecture, with charming plants and art all around was quite the fitting experience for such an endeavor.

I think I was meant to be a little old lady, heh! Until then, I’ll be a knitterly young lady, out and about the urban scene in Salt Lake. 😉

But I really would like to try more outdoor crafting, since nature is truly my scene. I have done some fiber crafts out in the yard during cook-outs with family and friends, but I should absolutely hunker down for some solitary mountain-knitting!

Additionally, I could start a picnic & crafting club! You’d join me, wouldn’t you? Wild vistas (or green park/garden settings)… fab fibers… clacking needles & hooks… friends… food… Yeah, I thought so. 😀