Projects in Progress

Craft-A-Day

The start of a new year (2015!) should welcome new resolutions right? I for one was never big on setting goals for myself because I know I’ll never get around to them (no matter how motivated I start out) and this invites failure and disappointment. But for me, failure and disappointment usually don’t reach me because I’ll just keep setting the same goals until I stop caring about them. In some way, I’m procrastinating or delaying results, but I know I’m only cheating myself. That is, if I allow myself to think I’m cheating myself out of being productive, which I can safely say is not the case.

Needless to say, I’ve stop making New Year’s resolutions for quite some time now. Don’t worry, I still set goals for myself, but they usually don’t coincide at the beginning of the calendar year (mostly because I’m too busy gorging myself on food) and they’re usually small, last-minute sort of deals.

Then yesterday happened (like it always does). One of my sister’s friends gave her a Craft-A-Day calendar, which was some perfect timing on her part because 2015 had yet to start. DSC_0355

Flipping through it, there are some really fun-looking projects in there that make me want to run to the nearest crafts store. Now I’m definitely NOT doing a craft a day because that would be laughable on my part, but I’m aiming to do my—technically our (my sister included)—favorite of the week. Each week is themed and this week’s is all things snowflakes!

To make my sort-of resolution less official (because let’s face it, if I’m still crafting by December, a miracle has happened), I’m including some disclaimers such as:

  • The goal is one project per week, but it’s not the end of the world if we don’t get around to it because we’re not well stocked on supplies.
  • I would like to make a post each week centering on said project to track my progress, but I might not have time especially when school starts up again.
  • This goes with the one above. I feel like making a post each week is a little trivial because I don’t want to bore anyone with simple, but cute crafts (you can surely find better ones on Pinterest), so I’ll keep my sharing to a minimal.
  • I can stop anytime I want to. I’ll most likely forget rather than stopping voluntarily, but hey, at least I can say I tried.

On that note, good luck fulfilling your resolutions if you made any! If not, I hope you still have a great year!

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Knit in Progress – A Cable Scarf

DSC_0225I know I’ve been out of it for a while now (blame school), but I recently started up another knit (that is not a hat!) because I was inspired by a design on a sweater I just bought. By “just bought” I mean like two weeks ago—time really does fly. I’ve actually never tried to copy a design before, mostly because I can’t figure a pattern out to save my life, but this one was simple enough, so I looked up some stitches and tried to piece it together as best as I could (technically I needed to re-familiarize myself with the fisherman’s rib stitch.

The color is called pumpkin, which is quite fitting for this season (or maybe a month ago?), and I’ve had this skein laying around for a while, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with it because it’s a very ambiguous color (if colors could be ambiguous). I didn’t think I could combine it with another color (to tone it down), but it looks great on its own, and you can actually see the pattern, so I’m happy with it so far.DSC_0227 (3)

It’s also different from the scarves I usually make (aside from when I first started out and didn’t know what infinity scarves were) because it’s going to be a traditional scarf. By “traditional” I mean that it’s going to have two ends! I normally don’t make “traditional” scarves because I find it hard to wear. Yes, I can put it on, but there are so many ways to loop it around your neck (versatility is good right?). Then there’s the fact that these scarves aren’t symmetrical when I wear them, and sometimes I can’t deal with that. Problems, problems, problems. I know. Please excuse my weird preferences.

The other thing is that I can never make both ends look the same. I guess I should look into other methods for casting off… And for me, the end that I bind off from is usually awkward and rigid, and it doesn’t feel natural. I keep considering adding tassels to the end of these projects, but I’m not much of a tassel person. Roadblock! That’s why I take detours and knit infinity scarves instead. Then again, they usually have a seam when I connect the ends…

Does anyone else have these have these problems or am I just overthinking everything?

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Knit in Progress: Gold Infinity Scarf

DSC_0255My favorite things to wear are infinity scarves. They’re so convenient to loop around your neck as you head out the door. This is why my newest project is—wait for it—an infinity scarf!

I really have no idea where it’ll go. Thrilling isn’t it? The prospect of the unknown or as I like to call it the “art of winging it.” It’s what I’m good at.

So all I know is that I’m knitting it with 100% acrylic yarn from Simply Soft Caron and that it’s two hundred stitches in length. I’m using 24-inch circular needles, so I won’t have to bind/join two ends together (if you know what the heck I’m talking about. Don’t worry about it if you don’t.), which means that each row is very long. Hence my goal is to knit at least one round per day, I don’t know how wide it’s going to be, but I’ll finish it in thirty days at most (if all goes well).

A whole month for a scarf? No, it’ll probably take less because I’m highly motivated right now and have been averaging at three rows per day. I know I won’t be keeping this up though because my upcoming week is booked.

Like I said, I’m winging it as I go along, which is normal when I’m designing my own projects. I’m not sure if this is the norm for other knitters, but it is for me.

Right now, it’s my third day, and I’m feeling pretty good about my progress because I have exams coming up, which means I get to knit! Okay, so I try to use my time wisely to study, but one of my classes involves memorizing concepts, and what’s better than memorizing information than while knitting?DSC_0263

So this is my attempt in making an infinity (or circular) scarf. It will most likely have eyelets/lace because I’m a huge fan, but that’s all I know for now. It might be a fail or it might be a hit (yeah, a one-hit-wonder…), who knows? For now, I’ll just keep on knitting.