rayon yarn scarf

So I finally completed something with the rayon yarn my mom bought me in Arizona in 2012. She got an infinity scarf as a belated Mother’s Day present. 🙂

I restarted this project at least 10 times because I missed stitches or the scarf started to shrink. At one point, it was going to be a Christmas present. After many failed attempts, I switched from knitting to crochet because I know crochet better and I wanted something that was easier for me to track.

The yarn was still tricky but for me the key was working on the scarf when I wasn’t watching TV, which happened to be this past weekend on the drive to my little brother’s graduation from college. I tore it out one last time after working on it a few hours on the drive up (it had shrunk again), and then plowed through while riding in the car and even during his graduation ceremony this weekend.

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I made it about two yards long, or from fingertip to fingertip across my “wingspan,” and it came out right. My mom wore it to work today and said she got several compliments. I am just glad to cross it off my to-do list!

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And I enjoyed presenting my mom with the finished product of course. 🙂

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reenergizing refashions

I’m still not where I want to be with sewing, but graduation at my school was this weekend so I’m hoping I’ll be able to work less and ramp up the crafting in the next couple weeks (after I take a mini-vacation to visit my brother for his college graduation that is). To get a jump start on my sewing I took a little bit of time to rework a refashion. I made these hot pink and brass zipper jeans almost exactly a year ago. I wish I would have taken a before picture when they were bootcut.

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I really liked the pink zipper, but found myself never wearing them. I don’t have a lot that goes with hot pink besides black or white, and my tendency to always cross my legs under me when sitting means having a zipper pressing into my ankle. For me, the zipper jeans trend is over anyway so I refashioned the refashion. I sewed the zippers in pretty well, so it took a lot of seam ripping, but after the zippers were out I just had to sew up the opening where they were. Voila! New skinny jeans, which fit into my wardrobe much better than the hot pink zippered ones. Plus I have two cool zippers to use for another project.

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My favorite part is that these jeans are thicker than many of the “jeggings” out there since they were made from regular jeans with just a little stretch. Have you ever tried to skinny out some regular jeans?