The crafting process is long. If you want the best quality of work, you put the effort into it to make it happen. You take the extra time to put in that interfacing, or block that stubborn button band. Even if you hate every second of it, you do it.
…All to make beautiful finished objects…
We strive to make that finished object happen faster – so we can show it off to our friends and families (I feel like there is even more pressure as a blogger to get that finished product out there – will people still read even if you have nothing to show?).
Why not take the same pride in showing off all of parts of the whole?
My Street Smart hoodie was worth the three-year wait. I am enjoying every second of this knit. The yarn is a perfect match for the pattern. I am loving its "wooly-ness". It has a great heathery quality, and just makes these cables and bobbles pop! Sleeve one is nearing completion; I started the sleeve cap decreases last night, and have about 15 more rows of cable pattern to complete before the bind off. Next up: the fronts panels!
I have received several emails asking where to get a copy of the Patons Street Smart pattern booklet. I found that it is still in print, and available for only $5.95 (US) from Joann.com . Let me know if you get a copy! I have noticed only one problem with the pattern – and that regards the bobble. The stitch count appears to be off by 2, but I figured out a way to remedy the problem, and the pattern seems to match up well after this little tweak. These are my first bobbles, and they are quite fun. I will probably try more bobbles in the future – in the form of Forecast. I just adore that cardigan.
Among my other in-progress knits (I have several) is my never-before-seen Bejeweled scarf. I cast on for it shortly after the beginning of the informal knitalong (January 1st), but have neglected to mention it until now. However, it is a great easy lace pattern. I am using a fun yarn that I picked up from Sarah at last year's Stash Swap. It is Cherry Tree Hill's Zebra Caribe – a cotton/rayon blend that will make a nice spring/summer scarf. The colors are vibrant, and will be a nice addition to my scarf collection!
The Bejeweled knitalong will continue indefinitely – with no deadlines, and no pressure, feel free to join any time. The pattern is fun and easy, and perfect for beginning lace knitters (like me). It is also customizable for many yarns, textures, and needles sizes. The knitalong started to support Shobhana's efforts to raise money for F.I.R.E., the parent organization of The Dulaan Project. The pattern is still available to purchase on her blog.
In December, Shobhana sold 299 patterns, and with a matching donation, we were able to donate over $1000 to F.I.R.E., and in return, we got this great scarf pattern.
Now the lovely scarves are showing up all over the place!
These scarves are a mosaic from my Handcrafted Scarves group on Flickr, but there are several other lovely versions to see too:
- Flimmerglimmer decided to skip the increases and attach lovely beads to her version!
- Margene unveiled her beautiful scarf on a wintery day!
- Not Scarlett chose a stunning turquoise yarn for her Bejeweled!
- Edie chose a lovely mohair yarn for her Bejeweled.
- Midnight2Sticks used a ribbon yarn for her "Bollywood" version!
- Sarah made a hot pink soy silk Bejeweled!
Did I miss your finished Bejeweled? Please let me know by sending me your link in the comments, or by email!