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