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I finished the scarf… finally!

After way too many months, I finally finished the scarf I’ve been slowly working on knitting. Yes, I may be the world’s slowest knitter, but I’m really happy that I actually finished it.

Now I’m going to try and make mini matching scarves for both of the girls… and I’m hoping that I actually finish them before their high school graduations. 🙂 Actually, I’m shooting to finish them by Christmas, but I may be shooting for the stars considering my current knitting pace track record. I’ll keep you posted!

Are you working on any craft projects right now? Have you finished anything recently that you’ve been working on for a long time? Tell us about it in the comments!

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45 Comments

  • J says:

    Crystal, you did good to knit. I tried it ONCE, never again. I can crochet but there is something about two needles and ….never mind. It looks nice and the colors are really pretty.

  • Ashley says:

    The scarf is really cute

  • You’re too funny! Maybe by the time you finish your next scarf I will have finished crocheting the baby blanket for my now almost 3-year old. *wink wink*

    However, if I keep procrastinating on it I’m sure it’ll be done by the time my 3 or 4 year old has their own kids!

  • Lori in NC says:

    Way back when I was in elementary school, I started a latch hook rug of my name in black with the background color orange (yes, those were our actual school colors). Four years later when I finished it (!) I was in high school (with blue and white as the school colors) so it was done but I never even hung it on my bedroom wall. Oh well.

  • Very cute!

    I’m working on infinity scarves (you simply sew the ends together when you’re finished) for my mother and grandmother. It’s a slightly different take on a typical scarf (and Crystal, they don’t need to be nearly as long since it’s a loop style ;)) In a closet cleaning frenzy I discovered unused skeins of beautiful yarn and some cute buttons to sew onto them when I’m finished. Instant Christmas gifts for $0!

    • Crystal says:

      I really want to make an infinity scarf; I LOVE them! Do you have a link for the pattern you’re using and can a beginner like me pull it off? 🙂

      • I haven’t been using pattern – I’m very much a sew by the seat of my pants kind of crafter! For mine, I literally just knit about 10-14 rows wide (depending on the thickness of my yarn), or I throw in a purl to the pattern if I’m feeling fancy. When the scarf seems long enough to loop around the neck comfortably twice (I like mine to be thicker) I end the scarf and use the same yarn to “sew” the ends together, looping the ends together with a crochet hook.

        I haven’t progressed to harder patterns…yet. Good luck, though!

  • Amber S says:

    I just finished piecing a full size quilt for our oldest son today! I’ll have to wait until after Christmas to put it in the frames and hand-quilt it, but it is exciting to have the top done!

    • Crystal says:

      Wow! I’m very, very impressed. I want to see a picture when it is done! Have you made quilts before?

      • Amber S says:

        Yes, I began quilting when I was 16 (I’m 32 now), and I’ve made about 40 in various sizes. I made a lot more before havingand homeschooling four kids…lol! Now I’m doing well just to keep up with quilts for family members. This spring I finished our youngest’s bed quilt, and now it’s time to start over because our oldest two are wearing theirs out! I always intended to learn to knit and crochet, but just haven’t gotten there yet. Now I say I’ll learn in time for my grandkids; gives me many more years! Great job to you on learning and persevering in a new craft- your work is beautiful!

  • Denise says:

    I bought Flannel at the black friday sale at Joanns and I’m making cloth wipes for future babies. Considering we haven’t started “trying” yet I’m hoping by the time I have our first I’ll have enough made! It took me 3 hours to make 5 of them my first night!

  • Darla says:

    What a gorgeous scarf!! The model is quite adorable too, BTW! What yarn is that, I LOVE the colors?!

    • Crystal says:

      She was so excited to model it… nevermind all her color combinations of the outfit. 😉 I got it at Hobby Lobby on clearance and that’s all I know… because I threw out the packaging long ago!

  • Jessica says:

    I just finished crocheting toy toaster pastries and toy sugar cookies and have now moved onto toy chocolate cream sandwich cookies (aka, Oreos). I’ve also crocheted a handful of scarves for my daughter’s school’s collection for the homeless. Besides that, I’ve crocheted 2 baby blankets for my baby that’s due in 3 weeks, 3 pillowghans (one for each kid), a doll blanket, two very big afghans in the Babette pattern and a rainbow scarf for my 6 year old… that’s what I’ve done in the past 6 months. Crocheting is my main hobby.

    • Crystal says:

      Um, can I just say you’re amazing and inspiring? I’m a little speechless.

      That is all. 🙂

      • Jessica says:

        LOL! I crochet for an hour during my son’s nap and while we wait for my 6 year old’s bus to come. Considering the bus has been late 3 of the 4 days this week, that gives me time. Oh, and during their swimming lessons. I taught myself to crochet at the age of 9 or 10, so now at 33 I’m pretty fast. Except pregnancy carpal tunnel is slowing me down some. My goal was to get all these things done before my baby is born. I’m due in 3 weeks, so I think I’ll make it! 🙂

        • Wow – those sound SOOOOO cute!!!!! Could you post a link to those patterns?! Making pretend food is so fun!

          • Jessica says:

            Um. I don’t really use patterns. Kind of like I don’t really use recipes when I cook. After about 25 years of crocheting, I just “go”! For the cookies, I just made two black circles and a white circle all the same size, then sewed the three layers together. For the sugar cookies, it’s two light brown circles the same size and a smaller circle for the frosting (whatever color you want). I used white and pink for frosting. I used embroidery thread to sew “sprinkles”, then I sewed a frosting onto a brown circle, then I sewed the brown circles together. I did the crocheted toaster pastries the same way, except brown rectangles and rectangular frosting instead of circular.

            About 5 years ago I crocheted a bunch of toy foods and a little shopping bag for them. I made several sets as gifts and they were much loved. I didn’t use patterns then either, but I made grapes, apple, strawberries, peas, banana, carrot, orange and pears.

  • Peggy Wong says:

    What timing! I just finished knitting my daughter a scarf before I read this post. God is good & we are blessed! Thank you for your invaluable ministry through this website. Merry Christmas!!

  • Jenna says:

    Your scarf is beautiful! I remember when I had plans to make everyone for Christmas. After seeing how long the first one took I decided to go a different route. I found instructions for using really big needles and holding 3 strands of yarn at the same time (either the same colors or complimentary). I could knit one up (and finish it) while watching a movie!! It was great!

  • Sarah says:

    Yay! It does feel good to finish and to see that perseverance pays. I recently finished knitting a Color Affection, and am so glad to have it completed. I have been working on a crocheted Lego Block afghan for my nephew and have finally passed the halfway point. I am also spinning and knitting a garter-stitch scarf for my sister-in-law and have finished spinning the yarn, so all I have left is the knitting. However, most recently, I finished knitting a pair of Fetching and a Calorimetry for my mom and wove a matching scarf.

  • Victoria says:

    Congratulations! It looks great. Speed comes with practice. It use to take me a whole week of evenings and then some just to knit one dish cloth. Now it takes right around one hour to make one, but I have been knitting them for the past 13 years!

  • Ashley says:

    Let’s see, I need to add flower eyes to an owl hat I just knitted for my one year old, and I need to add a flower to the matching purse, but the knitting is all done. I’ve also finished up one knitted Uggs style bootie for her today, and just need to knit the other. I’m hoping to finish that tonight so she can wear them tomorrow. I have started on making felted beads out of roving for bracelets I am making for my nieces for Christmas. I have several made, and am making 2 or 3 a day, since I also work 30-40 hours a week and homeschool our kids (we have 4 including the one year old). I have also started on scarves that I’m making for my mom and sister for Christmas, hopefully, and I have the yarn ready for a pull toy I’m making for the baby for Christmas. Oh, I’m also duplicate stitching a design on a stocking for a good friend. Whew. I think that’s it.

  • Tracy G. says:

    Crystal – That turned out beautifully!! It looks so soft, and I love the color scheme. I actually just finished a scarf, too, but I made it out of fleece instead of knitting it. It takes less than an hour to do, because it is the easiest thing in the world!

    http://cityofmotherlylove.blogspot.com/2012/12/easy-peasy-fleece-scarf-for-kids-or.html

  • Sarabell says:

    I think it looks great and so does its model!
    I am about to embark upon a crazy journey and make my own tree skirt! My husband and I are full-time travelers so I want to add a patch every year with the year and the location our Christmas is/was spent! =]

  • Tracy says:

    I just finished a wolf latch hook rug I was making for my Dad two Christmas’s ago. He will finally get it this year for Christmas. Thank goodness I never told him about it.

    And I have been working on making 50 yep I really said 50 plastic canvas Treasure Chests for my sons Cub Scout pack for their annual Blue & Gold Celebration. So far 1/4 of the way done I have till February to finish.

  • Hilary says:

    I love the scarf! I have been sewing 60 rice heat packs, with 120 matching hand foot warmers. We are also working on home made ornaments and peppermint foot soak. Whatever else might strike my fancy to whip up before Christmas.

  • Crystal, I’d love to participate in your cleaning challenge (and I know it needs to be done) but I decided to sew instead 🙂 The baseboards and window ledges can wait, but Christmas will come whether I’m done or not, so I’ve been sewing!

    This week I made a purse for my daughter. I finished up some embroidered handkerchiefs (post will go up tonight after the children are in bed), I’m working to finish another pair of slippers, and I have a few more big projects to finish this week as well. I am blogging about the gifts, too. My goal is a gift a day, but that’s not easy!

    If you get rid of all of your personal reading goals, you could probably do the knitting 🙂 I love to read, too, but right now I’m concentrating on getting presents made.

    The scarf is beautiful. I haven’t learned to knit yet, but the other day I saw entrelac knitting, and I thought that was pretty amazing. Knowing myself, I would want to start with that project!

  • Damaris says:

    Crystal

    I love the colors of your scarf! I made one with pockets and now I am doing an infinity scarf also for Christmas. I been blessed with a coworker who has the patience to teach me a few new patterns. I can’t wait to see how the gloves turn out! Keep pressing on!
    God Bless.

  • Bethany says:

    Ravelry.com You can choose your search based on knitting or crocheting, what weight yarn, what size needles, and difficulty. And it’s free! I just learner to knit this fall but love it and it makes sense to my brain. I’m currently making mittens for my 3 year-old, scarves for a friend’s 4 daughters, a scarf for my sister-in-law, and a hat for a friend. I get a little ambitious when casting on!

  • K Quinn says:

    Ah! Very nice! Your daughter looks darling. I’m close to being done on some winter pj’s for Sweet Peanut. Your goals list inspired me to pick it back up.

  • Shelly says:

    Congratulations on finishing your scarf. It must make you feel just great. I know when I finally finished my first sweater I was so thrilled and the first time I wore it to church I had quite a few ladies ask me where I had gotten it, I was happy to tell them I made it myself.

    I am not a very quick knitter myself so my projects take quite a while for myself to complete too. But it is such a great sense of accomplishment when you are able to finish something that doesn’t come easy. I have gotten a little faster over the years of knitting. I have also found I do better with circular needles than straight ones. My hands are small and the circular ones tend to help me with hand fatigue. You can use the circular ones for flat projects too.

  • If you feel like it’s taking a long time, try using thicker yarn on thicker needles. Not only does it turn out with a cute, chunky style, but it goes SO much faster when you’re working with size 15 needles!

    Great job finishing it!

  • lora says:

    I really want to learn how to knit, but the classes that are offered in my area are either at inconvenient times or the price of the class is outside my budget. Are there other resources available for beginners that are helpful or is taking a beginner’s course my best option? Thanks for any advice you may Have!

  • Nicole says:

    Aww, it looks so nice! Thanks for showing us the finished pictures!

    I always have some type of project going either for my shop or for someone local. I’m just getting ready to start a Ninja suit for a Build-a-bear…yeah, weird, isn’t it? It is for a little guy at my church. Definitely going to be a first for me!

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