Saturday, February 5, 2011

Warm and Fuzzy

"I've always done things the hard way. I was born like a piece of tangled yarn. The job is trying to untangle it, and I'll probably go on doing it for the rest of my life."
(Karen Allen)

Brrr... What a snowy, icy, slushy winter it's been! Layering is key, and one of my go-to cold weather accessories this season is a dark grey lambswool scarf I made last year.

I started crocheting in 2004 and knitting followed. I haven't documented all of my projects, but I've made a good number, gifting items to family and friends or donating to local organizations for those less fortunate.

I still have a lot to learn and practice, but there's a sense of madness in my personal process: either I'm all in, or will go months, sometimes years, without. After a very long hiatus, last winter I knit and crocheted several basic scarves (photos below; last 3 from Lion Brand Yarn), but over the past year, I couldn't make a single thing. I hope the upcoming year will be a more prolific one for me in this area, as I already have yarn for specific projects at the ready.

Knitting and Crochet Projects

Skinny ribbed knit scarf with fringe, ribbed knit scarf, and garter stitch knit scarf
Mini crocheted dog scarf with pom poms, and long crocheted scarf
Ruffle crocheted scarves with pom poms
Ruffle crocheted scarf
To make: Eco bunny blankies
{I started a rose coral one, made of recycled cotton yarn}
To make: Garden baby coverlet
{I am varying the colors slightly with magenta and yellow}
To make: All-season baby throw
{Colors undecided}

If you don't know how to knit or crochet, take a lesson or ask someone to teach you. There are also lots of video tutorials available online. Yarncrafting is not only beautiful and rewarding, but it's so practical and will give your loved ones a warm and fuzzy feeling.

Suggested stores in NYC:
Knitty City
Lion Brand Yarn Studio
Purl Soho
The Yarn Co.

Suggested books:
Good Housekeeping: The Illustrated Book of Needlecrafts
Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook


  1. ooooh! these scarves are so preetty! :)

    love your heart, girl. seriously love it. knit all those to give to the needy??

  2. Oh no, not all of them! The ones last year were mostly Christmas gift-related. I'll make you one next fall/winter! I had a major block this season...

  3. Wow sharon~! You are soo talented! I wish i could knit/crochet like you....

  4. Thanks Jeebs! I'll show you sometime (maybe when you finally move back to NY??)... but my sister and mother are much better than I am.

  5. sharon-nice to meet you! your blog looks great-and i am so impressed with your scarves and goals! never learned to knit or crochet. my grandmother tried to teach me a few times, without success...but i would love to really learn someday...

  6. Considering how crafty and creative you are I'm sure you would make awesome things! Since you've learned some in the past, you would probably pick it up pretty quickly by watching YouTube or other online clips, or just following a book!


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