Yesterday, B and I drove to the Ottawa Valley from Toronto. It’s about a 5 hour drive, a drive we have done many times before and I decided to focus on crocheting and knitting the whole way…just to see how much I could do.
It wasn’t for speed necessarily…I didn’t want to go as fast as possible and have errors in my work…but it was more for the challenge of the whole thing. Not to mention, I will be vending at the Hamilton Pagan Harvest Festival in a couple of weeks and so, more stock? …that’s a good thing!
I didn’t get through as much as I expected, but still, it was a productive trip! And hey, we have a five-hour drive coming up on Monday as we head home so I have another chance to beat this record! (It also means I can’t take a turn driving…..Shhhhhh!)
So, I worked on a bunch of cup cozies to start. They’re straightforward and simple so I made half a dozen during the first couple hours of the trip.
At the end of hour 2, the Muse took a moment to drop an idea my way. Maybe cup cozies aren’t “cup” cozies at all….maybe they’re arm-cozies!
So, I’m still mulling over that idea, but I like the patchwork feel of attaching a variety of colours and patterns together to make arm warmers 🙂
After that epiphany and the completion of half a dozen cozies, I moved on to a pair of long fingerless gloves.
I have to admit that I cheated here…somewhat. One glove was already finished and the other was about 1/3 of the way so I completed an ongoing project. Didn’t actually make the two gloves within the 5-hr limit.
Pretty happy with them although they aren’t complete yet. They still require some ties … pics to come.
Lastly, as we pulled up to my mother-in-laws house, I finished a knitted row of a bulky cowl which is now about 1/3 of the way finished.
As a sidenote, I just bought those knitting needles in the picture above. They are 25mm and they are FANTASTIC!
They make this hollow wooden clunky sound as I knit, which I kind of like, and they also double as a vampire stake…you know, just in case!
Last Friday, a friend came over for a crafty evening and we decided to give arm-knitting a try!
We used this video:
and, no word of a lie, 45 mins later, we had cowls!
If you haven’t tried it yet, it’s simple and fun. The initial start was a little rocky, but that’s pretty much like any new craft. The first time it’s awkward. You need to check your tension, concentrate on what you’re doing so you don’t miss a step, be prepared for some chafed wrist skin (hand cream afterwards is a bonus)…oh, and
GO PEE FIRST!
Nothing more awkward than yarn hanging everywhere while you try and do your business! *blink blink*