Thursday, January 28, 2010

One Hour Scarf--Yes, Really!

What can you do when you forget your friend's birthday on Tuesday but want to give a beautiful gift one day late? You make the Ruffle Cravat from Leigh Radford's wonderful book, One Skein. I bought this book because I thought I could make inexpensive presents out of it and since it's mostly knitting, I would start knitting again. Well, it's very inspirational and all, but I'm still a better crocheter than knitter, so I've made the Cravat twice now, both to rave reviews!
Since this is only my third post, I hope you'll forgive my lack of expertise is placing photos! The top photo is the completed scarf. It is very soft and lovely with dark blue as the prominent color, with accents of brown and white. The middle photo shows my time at 1 hour 8 minutes. It took me over an hour because I was watching a hilarious 1980's British comedy, The Vicar of Dibley, for the first time. Because of the accents and the 80's time warp, I had to pay a bit more attention to the episodes. One Hour and Eight Minutes isn't bad though. Not bad at all.
I would use Deborah Norville Chunky again. Inexpensive and soft, soft, soft. Don't you just love being able to take some string and turn it into something fabulous!

Sunday, January 24, 2010 - Experts: Sitting too much could be deadly - Experts: Sitting too much could be deadly

The above article is a must read for any crafty who has ever been immobilized for hours under a hefty blanket or shawl. How about all that time we spend looking at patterns on Ravelry?????

Take heed crafters everywhere! Get up and move or death awaits you!!!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's a Toddler Sweater, for cryin' out loud

The Ajune Toddler Pullover

I went stash diving for this one. DK weight. Hmmmm. Well I have two skeins of Berocco Comfort DK. Only 175 yards each, though. Well, that 3/4 skein of Sirdar Snuggly will go with it and I'll hold my breath to see if I have enough. Feeling pretty edgy on the yardage situation, so back to the stash for some white Fore-'n-Aft Sport that is so old it only cost $2.15 brand new. And that's $2.15 for 175 yards of 100% orlon acrylic! That's plenty of yarn for a size 18 months. Whew! Here are my yarn comments: Love the color of the Comfort and it's plenty soft. Cheap, too. Don't like that it snags easily and feels thin worked up. Sirdar Snuggly is so soft and pretty, but this DK is not the same weight as the Comfort--Don't worry, I'll work that out later. The Fore-'n-Aft: who knows--never used it before. I have had it in the stash for at least 20 years! lol. pics, tradgedies and triumphs coming up soon!