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Bucket list check | Crochet a scarf & knit a beanie

September 15, 2014

Part 1: Crochet A Scarf,
There are things in life that you pick up and never want to put back down. There are things that you spend minutes learning about in an attempt to spend hours partaking in. For me, one of those things happened to be a $4 skein of yarn and a $2 crochet hook.

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I utilized free videos on YouTube and those provided by fellow bloggers as a tutorial guide. I didn’t necessarily take advantage of only one technique but proceeded to mix and match to create my first scarf. Now, it isn’t a perfect scarf that you would see hanging in a department store and can be slightly inconsistent in pattern but it isn’t noticeable. The color of choice for my scarf is berry-like and the style is infinity. I started with the slipknot then  initiated what seemed like a long chain stitch, then worked on making layers of thickness.

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Eventually it started looking more like a scarf and less of a braided piece of yarn. However throughout the process, I had to weave and attach a separate chain stitch to make the scarf longer because it was entirely too short in length. It would’ve fit a small child at that rate as it really started looking like a child’s blanket.

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Toward the end when I started noticing my skein dwindling down, I figured I would unravel the yarn so I could measure the end in case I wanted to fray the yarn just as most scarfs are frayed. My tip to anyone learning to crochet, knit, or anything of the nature is to not unravel under any circumstances. Although my tiny chihuahua enjoyed rolling in a disastrous mess as well as my cat thoroughly enjoyed batting at the strings as I attempted to contain, I did not enjoy a moment of this bad decision. Do you know how you can leave a pair of headphones in your pocket and  you pull them out minutes later to find what looks like a battle occurred in your pocket? Well, imagine a pair of headphones that are yards among yards in length. I spent hours trying to untangle two days worth of tangles in my bag and re-bundling around an empty water bottle.

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I explored and ventured with different styles of a scarf. I experimented with a typical straight scarf, a cowl, and then with a shawl adaptation but ultimately decided the infinity scarf succeeded in looking the best. I even added a button and the end product was superb. I am proud of myself for learning a new skill in life and persevering to the end of my project as there were a few times I wanted to give up due to hiccups. I’m glad I didn’t. The fall and winter season are fast approaching and since Florida gets barely chilly enough to wear a scarf, it works kind of perfectly. With that said, I conclude by saying that I will continue trying new things and I am actually about to learn to knit a beanie for my husband. Crocheting was fairly easy once getting the hang of it so we’ll see how knitting goes.

Part 2: Knit a Beanie.
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In the amount of time it took to start my crochet project, I spent about the equivalent in starting my knit project. The knitting process is a fun yet seemingly complex procedure. It took about three days to finally catch on to the video tutorials I was learning from. To break it down: you must cast on however many stitches you desire, make your rows among rows of knit stitches, and then cast off. Simple enough right? You would think so! However being more complex, I believe I enjoyed it more than crochet because it seems less tedious and utilized my brain more. Once I finally understood, I took off with flying colors. I swear I may be morphing into a granny. I’m OK with that.

My husband loves wearing beanies in an attempt to tame his wild Puerto Rican mane. I decided I would attempt a beanie in his favorite color; he would just be happy because I made it for him, despite any imperfections that are implied with a first-time activity. After the three days it took to grasp the concept, I finished within the week. I only had to start over once. It may be helpful to mention that if you are going to make a beanie, make sure you have longer needles or the circular knitting needles. I accidentally lost a few loops thus creating holes that may seem minor to the naked eye but to me were colossal. Black holes in my knitting pattern really didn’t phase my husband so I was not too worried. I only had to start over because I lost my loop to the point that I was unsure how to proceed. The same night I worked so long that I was back to where I started.

In the same weekend, I may or may not have stayed up until 3 AM on a work night to finish but I was just that determined. I was so excited after modeling it myself that once I finished and noticed he was already asleep, I still managed to put it on him to examine how it fit. Half-awake he smiled, thanked me, and kept closing his eyes.

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It surely was the highlight of the whole endeavor. The laughing we shared in the moment alone was all the thank you I needed. The finished project is trophy of my first knitting project and I am proud because I took a simple thing like a thread of yarn and created something he could keep forever. I kept on and didn’t give up, and that’s all one could ask for. Success.

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