My mother’s best friend, who happens to be blond, came up from Florida this month to visit. I jumped on the opportunity and made this within a matter of a week:
Pattern: Flit ‘n Float by Birdy Evans
Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Silky Alpaca Lace
Final Thoughts: The yarn is ridiculously soft. As for the pattern, it’s nice, but I wouldn’t like it for me personally. My mother’s friend, however, was very enthusiastic about it, which is really all that counts.
It went extremely quickly for a lace scarf, but this might have something to do with the fact that my time was limited so I made an effort to fly through it. Going so fast, though, meant that by the time I was done with it, my wrist was sore and making a pretty impressive popping sound. I decided to take a week off from knitting. Um… whoops!
I spent the time that I would have been knitting looking at patterns online, wishing I was making them. During this time I discovered Craftster.
Here’s the thing about Craftster: I’ve always known that it exists, but I made careful and deliberate efforts to avoid it because I knew that I would pick up about twelve new crafts that I didn’t need. Yet somehow, there I was, ogling Tree of Life pendants. Seriously. Stay away from Craftster unless you’re sufficiently prepared.
By the time I forced myself to quit, I had serious ambitions to start: a) sewing; b) jewelry making; c) mosaic table making (I’m serious. I can’t stop thinking about them).
Sewing can’t happen right now. I don’t have the time to learn, and I definitely don’t have the money. Mosaic tables are, obviously, not going to happen either. But jewelry making is something I figured I could do. I read about beading and wire wrapping online, then decided to try it.
It’s seriously overwhelming. There’s so much stuff to look at and think about. But maybe that’s how I felt about knitting when I first started, and now I can’t imagine not knitting. So I waited until Michael’s had a summer madness sale, brought my coupon, and spent a decent amount of time staring at all of the materials, trying to make heads or tails of it all.
Once I thought I had it figured out, I brought it all home and practiced making simple loops with eye pins. Not as easy as it looks, as it turns out. After some pretty sorry looking loops, I finally figured out how to move my wrist, and my loops were of a satisfactory quality.
Then I made this:
SO MUCH GOODNESS!!!
It’s based on this bracelet.
The thing I loved the most about it is that I only took me a few hours. So different from knitting, which is great for a change of pace. Ultimately though, the lesson I learned is to stay far far away from Craftster.