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Happy Inauguration Day!

Crochet Obama from Crochet Mania

Crochet Obama from Crochet Mania

As I’m still finding my blogging voice I’m not sure how political I want to get. I do however want to say that as a high school social studies teacher the historian in me is in awe of the election and now inauguration of Barack Obama. It’s amazing, inspiring, and just plain awesome. In honor of the occasion, how about some Obama craftiness?

Obama Afghan by Love to Read

Obama Afghan by Love to Read

You can find a lot of Obama knitting and crochet projects on Ravelry as I did with the Crochet Obama and Obama Afghan. I also found a whole quilt show of Obama quilts on flickr.

Inauguration Quilt Exhibition (Evanston Public Library)

Inauguration Quilt Exhibition (Evanston Public Library)

Anyway, I hope that you enjoy the craftiness and I look forward to us making even more history!

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Fingerless Gloves

Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers from Purl Bee

Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers from Purl Bee

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week! I’m not sure if I mentioned previously but I’m a teacher and man, sometimes I get so bogged down. At some other time I’ll fill you in on the wonders of high school social studies. All I can say for now is 6 meetings in 3 days—craziness!!!!

Motley Mitts from Interweave Knitts (Pipp from Flickr)

Motley Mitts from Interweave Knitts (Pipp from Flickr)

Now, to the work at hand! I am going to make a pair of fingerless gloves for both of my sister-in-laws. Okay, great, sounds easy, right? No!!!! There are so many patterns available and well, as I mentioned before, I still have a ways to go with my knitting skills.

Greenaway Gloves from Purl Bee

Greenaway Gloves from Purl Bee

Here’s what I’m considering when making my choice:

· What can I be successful in knitting? I don’t want to get in over my head or begin throwing yarn and needles all around the room.

· What would my sister-in-laws like the most and actually use?

· Which pattern would work well with the yarn I already have in my stash?

Toasty (left) and Toast (Right) from A Friend to Knit With

Toasty (left) and Toast (Right) from A Friend to Knit With

The choices are from top to bottom:

· Daisy Stitch Hand Warmers from Purl Bee: I really like these but I’m not sure that I can do them!!!

· Motley Mitts from Interweave Knits: I like these and I think I have the perfect yarn for them!

· Greenway Fingerless Gloves from Purl Bee: I like the simplicity of these as well as the detailing by the fingers.

· Toast and Toasty from A Friend to Knit With: These look doable as well but they are a bit longer than the others. These may be suitable for one sister      and not the other.

· Blue Diamond Fingerless Mitts from elann.com: These are so pretty but again, I fear my skill level is not there yet!


Blue Diamond Fingerless Mitts from elann.com

Blue Diamond Fingerless Mitts from elann.com

The choice: Motley Mitts for Laura, Toast or Toasty for Jennifer. Who knew that deciding what to knit was such a huge decision! I promise to include updates as I go along!

Christmas Revisited

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.

Skinny Scarf

Skinny Scarf

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!!!!

skinnyscarf1

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.

Skinny Scarf - Not so skinny anymore

Skinny Scarf - Not so skinny anymore

Don’t worry, I’ll have a bunch of posts in the future featuring my other crafting mishaps!!!