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Arm Knitting – Go Pee First!

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*
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A wrap, a cowl, a scarf, a hood…Couldn't decide. So I made them all…

This week has been amazing!  And humbling.
And absolutely chock FULL of crochet and knitting!
Last week I kicked off a Facebook campaign for Stitch Noir.  I didn’t know if it would make much of a difference but I figured it couldn’t hurt.
In the last 6 days, my page likes have tripled!  Very unexpected and humbling.  So many nice comments, not to mention people sharing my photos and my albums.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a reaction!
If nothing else, it has inspired me to keep working on patterns.  Altering them and making them my own.  I discovered some software that allows me to create crochet charts so I have been trying to learn the ins and outs…plus I have been trying to create stock for my Etsy store….but although I have SO many ideas, I only have two hands and sadly only 24 hours in a day.
Next up, we are headed up to the family farm for around a week.  Cows, pigs, chickens, horses and SHEEP! My plan is to use up every sunny day sitting out on a hay bale, scratching the ears of Claire (the lamb who loves scritches! 🙂 and crocheting.  Well, perhaps I’ll also find time to take out my bicycle!
I’m pretty certain I’ll also find time to take pictures.
For now, I’ll leave you with the gallery below.  This is the project I completed today: A Skull Cowl that is multi-talented and can be used as a hood, a cowl and a scarf 🙂  This pattern has received quite a bit of attention on FB.  It is meant to be a multi-tasking accessory…thus the description in my shop:
“Imagine an air conditioned theatre. It’s not cold outside so your shoulders are bare, but inside….well BRRRR! If you’re wearing this lovely cowl around your neck, you simply pull it down over your shoulders. 
Driving when it’s chilly outside…but driving with a bulky jacket on is annoying…throw the coat in the back and pull your skull cowl down over your arms. 🙂
Unexpected precipitation? Pull this lovely cowl up over your head and you have a lovely hood!
I love this piece. Dressy or casual…can be made with or without a skull. Perfect for those moments when you’re chilled but aren’t going to put on a bunch of layers!”
It’s a pretty straightforward pattern to create and credit must be given to both Kungen O. Majkis for the skull inspiration and Lorene Haythorn Eppolite for the Zola cowl pattern.
I’m pleased with how it turned out and already have another three planned and yarn purchased for each.
Back to limited number of hands and hours in a day.  So frustrating! 😉