So as you may have guessed, I like to make things—hence the whole crafty blog thing. I tend to have success in some of my crafty pursuits more than others. For example, I am really pretty good at scrapbooking, if I do say so myself!!! I’ll have to add some pictures at some point of a scrapbook I did for my friend of her daughter’s first year. Sewing, well I’m certainly getting better at it. I’ve made several quilts and each one is better than the last. Again, I’ll be showing pictures as time goes on.
But—knitting, oh, knitting. I have a laundry list of mistakes that I’ve made with my knitting. I have several projects that I have had to constantly rip out and start over and over. I’ve also had several projects that I finished whose mistakes are the stuff of legends.
Several years ago I decided to make my mother-in-law a “skinny” scarf that she could wear to work. I was still new to knitting and I’m thinking that I may have been on some sort of mind altering drugs as well. Anyway, what I did was use two circular needles to knit this scarf. I knew it was taking me a long time and a heck of a lot of yarn but it just didn’t seem like it was a very long scarf. I was knitting it lengthwise rather than widthwise and I just kept scrunching the work onto the needles. Long story short, I knit a 40 foot scarf!!!!
I gave her the scarf for Christmas several years ago and we all laughed. I even brought it in to school to show my students and was able to wrap it around all of the students in my class. Then my procrastination kicked in and I didn’t work on fixing the scarf again until this past summer. What I did was cut the scarf into several segments. I gave two skinny scarf segments to my sister-in-laws this Christmas. For my mother-in-law I took two segments and stitched them together on the diagonal. I think that it looks really good and she was happy with the result.
Don’t worry, I’ll have a bunch of posts in the future featuring my other crafting mishaps!!!