Friday, December 31, 2010
I hope everyone has a great New Year. When I reflect on this past year, I have been thinking a lot about the idea of challenging myself. I have realized that sometimes to move forward, you need take a chance and challenge yourself. This past spring, I took a road trip to Northern California. At that point, I had hardly traveled outside of Washington State and was in a terrible rut in my life. I almost didn't go because I was afraid. I went anyway because I had told so many of my friends I was taking this trip. I didn't want to tell them I had chickened out. Once I made it to California, I was incredibly excited. I had a great trip, saw the redwoods, took some great pictures and expanded my horizons. Taking this trip made me realize that I was holding myself back. I was not doing things simply because I was afraid. That trip inspired me to travel more and eventually take a summer job in southern Utah. This picture is one I took of the northern California coast. I keep this quote on my desk. It is one of my favorites.
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
When I started crocheting, I wasn’t sure how long to make scarves. In order to figure out how long to make a scarf, I measured the scarves I already owned and made the scarf the same length. At the time, long skinny scarves were in fashion. For that reason, I tend to like making longer scarves. Sometimes, when I am working on a project, I run out of yarn. The scarf would turn out shorter than I would like. When that happens, my mom keeps telling me not all scarves need to be that long. She would tell me different ways to wear a scarves of different lengths.
When I lived in Utah, I used to see European tourists wearing a scarf knotted over a t shirt or a sweater. It made a very casual outfit look stylish and put together. I would envy their cute look as I stood there in my uniform feeling dumpy. It made me think of all scarves I have knitted and crocheted and how I could wear them. I have a couple of knitted lace scarves I could wear like that. I have included pictures of two of scarves I made that immediately came to mind. Last night, I was surfing the Internet and found these this article with videos on scarf tying. Before watching these videos, I had never heard of an infinity scarf. I may have to see if I can knit something like that. Here is a link to the videos.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Since I arrived back in Washington, I have had the urge to do small, easy projects. I also went on a big destashing kick. I have had some balls of yarn for years. I could never figure out what to do with them. One of the balls of yarn was a ball of Lion Brand, red, extra bulky yarn. It was leftover from a scarf I knitted over 2 years ago. It wasn’t enough to make the project I had in mind so I bought some grey yarn to use with the red yarn. I knitted the scarf using the knit 2 purl 2 stitch. I used grey and red because they are the colors of Washington State University, my alma mater. The scarf came out shorter than I would have liked. Note, to self, use at least 2 skeins of yarn to make a scarf of a decent length.
The second scarf is made out of a skein of Caron Simply Soft. I can't even remember how long I have had the yarn. It is a pattern called appropriately enough, “The One Skein Scarf.“ I am much happier with how that scarf turned out. The pattern is in the book, The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.