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Day 13: 31 Day Challenge – Bling Scarf Choker

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

I didn’t know what I was making when I started this one.  I let my hands do the work.  My brain was on auto-pilot.  I realized as I got into making this scarf choker that knitting and crochet does something to me.  It takes me deep inside of myself to a place of calm and egolessness.  Is that a word?  Eh, who cares.  I was talking with a friend about this and I decided that it’s something like a religious or a spiritual experience.  I can get into such a deep state of flow that hours can go by and I have no awareness of it.  I think knitting is my religion.  I’ll have to update my facebook status to say this (ha).  In all seriousness though, I think I need to keep a certain amount of knitting and crocheting in my life from now on because I think I live a lower quality of life without it.  I’m less calm without it.  Some people take medication or go on silent yoga retreats or other time and money intensive routes.  For me, a skein of yarn and a couple of needles or a hook can totally zen me out.

My Friend Jocelyn gave me these buttons.  I’m sorta in love with them.  They are kinda too much and I love that about them.  I think the contrast between the organic yarn and the uber bling buttons are in a cool juxtaposed balance with each other.

Day 13: Bling Scarf Choker –

For this scarf I used chunky yarn with size 15 needles.  I cast on 16 stitches, with the pattern was knit 2 purl 2.  When it as was long enough to fit around my neck I stopped and crocheted some button loops and then sewed buttons on the opposite side.  I added 3 buttons because 3 is the magic number and a great design number too.

Congratulations Andrea for winning this scarf and for paying it forward with me in 2011!

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.  I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!