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Day 10: 31 Day Challenge – Snuggly Circular Scarf

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I haven’t knitted in a while, which is ironic since I have a knit and crochet business.  I used to do lots of knitting and crocheting, but over the years I’ve done less and less.  I have a woman who helps me with the crochet work for my business.  I call her Crochet Kim.  Her skill level and speed are pretty unbelievable.  Years ago I developed over use syndrome, from too much knitting and crocheting.  Ever since then I try to be careful.  I do still love to knit and crochet though.  I remember when I was 7 years old my mom had a friend who was trying to teach her to knit.  It was sort of frustrating to me because it seemed really obvious to me what she needed to do, but my mom just couldn’t get it.  I didn’t have knitting needles of my own or yarn, but I thought I could probably knit anyway, so I went into my bedroom and found some pencils and thread.  I came out of my room about 30 minutes later with the dirtiest, most pitiful looking garter stitched blob you ever saw.  Some how from watching my mom try to learn for about 5 minutes or so I was able to understand the process of basic knitting.  I also remember as the piece was forming feeling really excited because I could see exactly how to correct my mistakes.  The structure of the piece was so clear.   My mom saw what I had done and handed me the needles and the yarn and said, “It’s clear who the knitter in the house is.”  She never tried knitting again and I never stopped.   

Sometimes I still think about how strange it is that I more or less taught myself to knit at such a young age and just how intuitive it was for me.  I was a horrible student in school so it wasn’t like I was some over achiever or something, it was more like I had always spoken the language of knots.  I still get really excited about untangling knots.  I guess I like to do it because it’s sort of like a puzzle.  It forces my brain into this mode that is both challenging and stimulating.  Some people do cross word puzzles or sudoku for me it’s all about the knots.

Day 10: Snuggly Circular Scarf

I was at a party and a woman was wearing a circular scarf that looked amazing on her.  I thought it would be a good project for this challenge so I stitched this baby up.

This scarf, the snuggly circular scarf was a very relaxing and meditative project.  It took me about 3 hours to make and I made it while watching a movie with my husband.  I used size 15 knitting needles and Woolspun yarn, which I had bought years ago, but had no plan for.

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!

by:jen

Mango, Strawberry, Grapefruit Margarita + Knitting

Monday, June 28th, 2010

This cocktail is great in the sun or shade with a your favorite knitting project.  I really want to make a couple of knitted screens for my windows in my sewing studio.  Lots of ideas buzzing around as far as what materials to use.  I have a lead on a welding supply that might be the right gauge for knitting.  Now all I need to do is find the time.  If you already have a knit, crochet or other portable project to work on then you can make this recipe and get to making that project.  If you don’t have a project started like me let’s just make a drink and make some lists, while contemplating the gauge, needle size and so forth.

Mango, Strawberry, Grapefruit Margarita + Knitting or other portable crafts

In either a blender or a Magic Bullet blend add:

  • 10-12 pieces of frozen mango (this is sold at Trader Joes)
  • 6 washed strawberries with the tops removed
  • 5 oz of tequila
  • 1.5oz of triple sec
  • 1.5oz lime juice
  • 1/2c grapefruit juice (if you like it weaker add more grapefruit, stronger add less)
  • add 2c ice

Blend in blender until smooth.

Optional: garnish with grapefruit wedge.

Now pick up that knitting project, have a drink and don’t deny your DIY!