crochet market bag

I’ve been making lots of mini quilts, but I took a break a few weeks ago and started crocheting a market tote bag from a kit that my grandmother gave me a couple months ago. It was a good project to work on in the evenings while catching up on shows.  I gifted it to my friend earlier this week. She lives in Seattle and always has to carry around reusable bags since they discourage paper and plastic bags in stores. 

Now I’ve moved on to knitting in the evenings. I frogged a scarf I started that wasn’t working out and it’s becoming a seed stitch cowl. It may be a little unseasonable to be working on a merino wool cowl right now as it’s going to be 90 here tomorrow but it was just 40 the other night. It’s nice to be working on something that just kind of flows. 

 

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Italian yarn cowl

I am so far behind on my blogging that I might as well go back to a wintery project. I bought this lovely yarn in Italy back in December.  I didn’t have a lot of yardage to work with so I kept it simple and chose this pattern for a basic cowl. I bought some big bamboo circular needles and it was a snap. 

The cowl came out great! Simple to wear and cozy for the extended frigid winter we had.  
It’s about as half as tall as the one in the pattern which is a comfortable height for me. I’ve put it up for now because we finally thawed out but I’m looking forward to wearing it again next year, after an appropriately warm summer and not-to-chilly fall!

pilot baby hat

My friend Crystal and I met the first day of our freshman year of college. We lived on the same floor in our dorm and as a meet n’ greet exercise each person went around the circle and said something about themselves. She mentioned that she and her family were pilots which I thought was the coolest thing ever.

Flash forward 8 years or so and she and her husband were trying to have a baby. I pinned some cute baby stuff for inspiration, like this hat. They still had a bit of a journey at that point, but when I was hanging out with her and her son about a month ago I remembered the hat.

Here’s my version that I finished last night.

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I have a visit planned in March so hopefully we’ll get to do a photoshoot then 🙂 I’ve told her and her husband that they will need to make the cardboard box airplane. Lol.

We got record snowfall here in Kentucky last night and are expecting more tonight. I am a fan of snow, especially when you don’t get to see it very often. It’s been very cozy to stay at home and work on crafty projects. 🙂

arrowhead lace infinity scarf

I participated in the handmade scarf swap hosted by Sew Caroline and Sewbon and made a scarf I quite liked.

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I followed a free arrowhead lace scarf pattern I found on Craftsy and made it an infinity scarf. I used Jiffy Lion Brand yarn in light gray and 10.5 needles instead of the size 13 listed in the pattern. My scarf was a tighter weave then the pattern picture, but I would recommend sticking to the larger needles in the pattern.

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And here it is all done.

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I sent it off awhile ago but forgot to get tracking. I haven’t heard from my partner so I’m not sure if I will, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be making another one of these for me.

And here’s the scarf my partner made me. Owls and foxes! It will be a great weekend scarf.

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super simple crochet shrug

This shrug kind of took forever. My mom bought me some yarn for my birthday back in September and shortly after I started this Lion Brand shrug pattern.

My first attempt was no good. The gauge seemed good but my stitches were way too tight and when I had gone through a whole skein I only had a few inches complete. I only had three skeins, as per the instructions, and it’s supposed to be 40″ tall when finished.

My second attempt was working with a very loose stitch but doing back loops only in a super simple rectangle that’s 32″ wide was so boring.

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I got distracted by several knitting projects along the way, but took the half-finished shrug along with me to Italy since I knew that there’d be plenty of downtime (at least 8 hours flight each way and bus time).

I could have finished it up on the flight back but foolishly thought that I’d met the height requirement. I finished out the rest of the third skein of yarn back in Kentucky, stitched it up and was surprised at how pleased it was with the result.

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So here it is all finished. Considering the whole thing is just one giant rectangle, it’s really quite flattering. And warm!

infinity scarf of loveliness

The best way to “get back into blogging” is just to do it, right?

I enjoy blogging and I’ve thought about it often over the last few months, but with my graphic design classes and making stuff (and Instagram, I’m photosarahcrafts!) and traveling to visit family and friends it always seemed like there was something else to do instead. So I’m going to try to stop overthinking it and just do it.

Here’s my latest completed project.

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I am modeling it along the Tiber River in Rome. I got to go to Italy with my parents over the holidays and it was awesome!

It snowed and the roads weren’t good one morning so I had some time to catch up on my knitting while we were waiting for our bus to get to the hotel.

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It was pretty cold the whole time we were there so I was glad to have another scarf option. I used Madeline Tosh Sock in Modern Fair Isle and I only needed one skein to make this infinity scarf. I used Purl Bee’s Checkerboard Lace scarf pattern because I wanted a pattern that was subtle but still interesting.

I am in love with Madeline Tosh yarn. I had a bit of a splurge before Thanksgiving and am working my way through it. I am halfway through one hat/cowl set and just cast on another infinity scarf last night.

So anyway, back to blogging, keeping it simple and just getting it done! Hope you all are having a lovely new year so far.

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. 🙂