Sunday, January 27, 2008

Strange Development and CONTEST!!!

Perhaps not so strange at all, considering I seem to display the occasional spurt of O.C.D. This behavior usually coincides with elevated stress levels, and that's when things start 'changing' around here. Stuff gets tossed, and I mean HUGE amounts of stuff; leads me to wonder how, and why, I seem to always re-accumulate things. - And they're just that: things. I mean, you can't take it with you, right? So, what's the point in hanging on to something that's been sitting in boxes for 5+ years? - Or, I'll go on a total creative tangent, where I'll just make, make, make. And if I don't feed the creative urge somehow, I get really, really cranky. Does this ever happen to you? I know it happens to others, I've witnessed it first hand.

Anyway, all this to say that my latest spurt involves crocheting. Lots of it.
I. Can't. Stop. O.o

It's embarrassing really. Here, here's an excerpt of a phone** conversation I had with Maria last night:
M: "So how's the Krro' CHe Ting?
Moi: "Not bad, I made my first BEANIE!"
M: "To match your long scarf?"
Moi: " Yes. And now that I know I can do it, I started another one for my red set..."
M: " You're starting a second one?"
Moi: " Yeah, it's about halfway done."
M: "LOL!"

So, yeah, it's taking over. Mimi had a playdate yesterday, her little friend Kit came over for a few hours. Awesome kid that Kitty. Cute as a button! Anyway, being in each other's company in a context other than class is much more fun. Especially when there are crafts involved. Lots of glitter glue and google eyes for these girls. And so, the kids entertaining each other allowed me plenty of working time, and I started on a beanie to match this scarf:

I love this piece. By far, the most enterprising hooking (that one's for You Phosie!) =) project I've ever endeavored. I used 3 different types of yarn and two stitches - Single and Double Crochet. The light green (Dill) row is chunky Bamboo - incredibly soft, the dark row is Lion Brand Incredible in 'Accents on Black', and the center row is called Twister, in some kind of variegated gray/khaki blend called Sage Twist.

As the story goes with this project, I found that as I worked further along, my tension seemed to relax. This caused two things.
1. My rows get looser the further along I go, creating this strange 'curling' effect, which actually looks pretty neat.
B. Since my tension relaxed, each stitch requiring more yarn, I ran out of the ribbon yarn, banking on the fact that I'd only used a single ball on the first section. I was quite a few inches off of finishing my very last row with it, and couldn't find it anywhere. I mean, not even Michael's had it! I was distraught. But then, Kirsten came came through for me. I knew she'd bought some at the same time. But when I asked, she told me she'd used it in a scarf, but, it hadn't turned out the way she wanted, so if I was willing to take it apart, I could use it.

Ta-Da! Kirsten to the rescue!!!

It's quite long. The longest scarf I've ever seen actually. It's weighty, and feels luxurious. I wasn't sure about the different textures at first. I liked the way it looked, but after working with the bamboo and switching to the ribbon, it felt so different.

You know what? I feel inspired! I feel like having a little contest. Just a little something to chase away the doldrums. It's been cold, most of us have been sick, and I'm starting to see quite a few of my loved ones afflicted with Seasonal Affective Disorder in some form or other. So, who wants to play? Jewels is in a playful mood.

Here's the contest: How long is Jewel's super long scarf?

The first person to guess will be the recipient of a cute little handmade something made by Moi. The winner will get to choose between a beanie or fingerless gloves (the ones you slip your thumb through), or a thin scarf; the color shall be determined by what I have at hand. (No worries if a fella wins, I have 'non girly' colors.) Oh, and I will ship it anywhere in the world. One guess per person, and the contest ends Friday, February 1st, 8:00 pm, E.S.T. (LOL, how 'official')
So, ready?


Go!

Oh, a tip: I measure 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

Another Oh: Sorry Maria, but you have to skip this one. Oh, and to those of you who know Maria? Don't you even think about asking her! ;)
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** Before hanging up, I told Maria I'd call her when my beanie was done. She replied "Ok, talk to you in 10 minutes..." ... Funny gal...
Two hours later... I was done. I called Maria, as promised, and when I told her I was done, she laughed. She laughed at me.... :) LOL! Of course she said no, she wasn't laughing at me. She was just very impressed. More laughter, then "I'm impressed, and you're obsessed..." LOL!

*******************************Finally got a shot of chapeau #1
Perfect match to the scarf

Also a cute shot of my red beanie, to match the shell stitch scarf and wrist warmers.

Have I told you how much I love crochet yet?

23 comments:

The Lone Beader said...

Wow! That is a very long scarf! i like it! :)

Jewels said...

No guesses D? ;)

Thanks. I've come to the realization that I too like loooon scarves.

The Beading Gem said...

I'm guessing 10 feet? Beautiful scarf but a little too long for me - I might trip over it!

Jewels said...

Welcome B.G., and good guess!
LOL! I put it over my Nonna's shoulders last night, and the ends dragged on the floor. I think she's just under 5 feet tall. Was too funny.

Libby said...

Gorgeous scarf and beanie set! I'm gonna guess nine feet. Love the green cuff too, with (I'm guessing) wood beads it kinda looks "warm" too.

Ace said...

272 centimeters.

I don't usually wear scarves, but M keeps threatening to knit me one. I don't usually wear hats or gloves, either, but she makes me, so I imagine a scarf is in my future.

Ace said...

Oops.

It commented before I was ready.

I meant to say (after what got posted) that I think the colors are really pretty, and the long scarf looks gorgeous on you. But I have the nagging suspicion I like girly colors and styles in my knitting. Er, not my knitting. I mean, my knitted stuff.

And I'm sure crocheted or something is the technical term, but it's all knitting to me, I'm afraid. Lil' munkees get confoofed.

Jewels said...

Hi Libby, thanks for participating.
Good guess too!
Oh, the base beads in the cuff are indeed wooden. It's quite interesting, as the cuff looks substantial and heavy, but it is quite light. Very comfortable too.

Jewels said...

Hi Eric!
Well, I suppose you could get something made for M. So even if the guys guess, but don't want anything for themselves, I can always make something for your someone special, non? ;)

Um, no, Knitting and Crocheting are NOT the same! LOL! But my hubby says 'knitting' too.

Anonymous said...

i'll guess 12 feet 8 inches...

word verification: duooh LOL

The Phosgene Kid said...

Hookers, ha ha, that's funny. I'd say six 1/2 feet long

Zaz said...

je dirais 2m20-2m40
j'aime beaucoup le bonnet, tes belles grandes pieces ne sont plus sur ton site! je suis alee voir apres les fetes...
je suis au lit, une gastro, je vais continuer a te lire tranquillement les jours qui viennent comme je suis en arret maladie.
joyce

Pam said...

Jewels, that scarf is gorgeous! I can do bead crochet but have yet to try it without the beads. I wish I had your talent!

My guess would be 9 feet 11 inches.

The Phosgene Kid said...

So like, did I win yet???

Jewels said...

And the winner is:

Ta-ta-da-tah!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Zaz!!!!!

Honestly, I can't believe it. Joyce guessed within an inch!
The scarf is 8 feet 4 inches long, and at 2.2 meters (if my calculations are correct: 220 cm / 2.2 = 100. 100 / 12 = 8.3333333)

One inch off! Okay, who told her? Maria? ... Er, I mean "Anonymous"... LOL!

Joyce, envois-moi ton addresse, et je t'envois un beau petit cadeau! ;)


Good odds for you guys though, what with only six guesses :D

Camille said...

aaaaaah! i was away this week and JUST saw this post. I was about to put in my guess... and then I realized that it was FEBRUARY 2ND. dang!

je pense à toi.

Zaz said...

haha jewels! i WIN! i don't cease to amaze myself. ok je te l'envoies :)

Ace said...

You notice the two closest guessers went metric?

Hee! Second-closest!

framboise said...

Hum ! jolis ces bonnets et écharpes ! chez nous, c'est aussi du temps à en porter ! je devrai m'y mettre ! bravo

The Phosgene Kid said...

Ok, enough yarn already, you need to get back to your roots and start dancing again!!

The Phosgene Kid said...

I think you need to get out of the house and dance more

Ruela said...

WOW! ;)

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