Lunchtime Poll

This Lunchtime Poll is Feeling Crafty

What are your favorite crafts and hobbies?

I used to love cross-stitching, but now I’m all about crocheting. A few people are trying to convince me to give knitting another try, but I’m not sure if I really need to do both and I was so slow when I tried it before.

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4 replies on “This Lunchtime Poll is Feeling Crafty”

I go for the crochet too, for much the same reason as Juniper…one time my dogs got into something DH had spent hours knitting, pulled out the needles, and, well, you get the picture. Crocheting is really great during trainings/staff meetings; when I’m on a roll I can knock out a granny square in 7 minutes, without looking (except for the closing chains). Right now I’m very busy ignoring a capelet. It’s crocheted in the round, I’m in the last few rounds, and the round I’m on has SO MANY picot stitches. Picot stitches, with dark purple lightweight yarn. I HATE picot stitches. Can’t start anything else until I finish the damn thing (except for the fidget blanket).

That being said, Juniper, where can one find a pattern for a twisted infinity scarf?

Also, I like sewing, but I need 4 hour long blocks, and I just can’t find that time.

Most of my infinity scarves turn into twisted ones just because I suck ass at joining a starting chains without twisting them (unless it’s a pattern I can start with foundation stitches). There are a ton of Ravelry that are supposed to be that way; best search is “Moebus scarf.”

It’s, um, my own pattern! But it’s very, very basic! I’ve used Pinterest and this the basic US version of stitches:

– Chain X number of stitches (depending on yarn type, etc, I pop the foundation row round my neck and alter until I get an idea of how loose of how snug I’d like the scarf to be).
– Slip stitch the row together (to form a circle) BUT twist twice before joining.
– Commence rounds (I do the US double crochet stitch). As in, do a row, slip stitch together at the join, then chain three and start the next row.
– Finish off the ends after however many rows make you happy (with super chunky type yarn, this is around 11, but would be more if using finer).

I’m not sure if that makes sense, and I tend to be atrocious when explaining things like this. Essentially it’s a crochet cylinder built up from a foundation row that is twisted twice before being made into a circle.

Crocheting here! I’ve really come to love it, and don’t miss the (attempts) at cross stitch or knitting. I will at some point finish the cross stitch wedding anniversary sampler that I started, and will do birth samplers for the boys but otherwise, I’m Team Crochet! Knitting has never really appealed to me, and well, with crochet there’s no disaster if a stitch is dropped.

At the moment I’m working on another twisted infinity-style scarf and I love it! The yarn’s gorgeous and it’s just for me, too! Then I’ll be onto another scarf (same style) for Mr. Juniper – I’ve got the most gorgeous 100% British wool yarn and I am SO excited to get to use it!

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