On and Off

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On and off can refer to a few things. It’s how I am right now with my website. I just can’t decide whether to be on or off with sharing new posts. It seems a bit sporadic right now. Many days I think I’ll just leave the site to be a resource site and then other days (especially when the weather is bad and I’m stuck inside) I think I’ll share some new ideas/posts.

On and off also refers to my knit and crochet projects. They are either on the needles/hook or off the needles/hook.

Before Christmas I finished a pair of black fingerless mitts. I had given away my black pair a year or so ago and while on the spring yarn crawl of 2019 I purchased some black yarn to replace them.

black fingerless mitts at craftygardener.ca

Some new scarves are on and off the needles. Some were gifts for Christmas and one was a gift for me! Sometimes you just have to make things for yourself.

knitted scarves at craftygardener.ca

Two of these scarves are off the needles and were gifts and the purple/pink one is still on the needles.

knitted scarves at craftygardener.ca

This cowl was knit with some Noro yarn purchased from the Beehive Wool store in Victoria, British Columbia last April 2019. It also included the free pattern and was a quick and simple knit.

scarf pattern from The Robbin's Nest

This lacy scarf is off the needles and was a gift at Christmas. The yarn was purchased during the spring yarn crawl of 2019.

crochet scarf at craftygardener.ca
airy shells crochet scarf

This airy shells crochet scarf started out being a gift but it was so soft and cozy it has stayed with me. It was crocheted with a lace weight yarn from the yarn crawl. The pattern called for the scarf to be crochet in two pieces and joined in the middle, perhaps so both the ends matched in pattern. I chose to crochet it all in one piece.

crochet scarf at craftygardener.ca

In varying shade from white, to greys to black, I added some tassels to finish it off, so both my ends do match. The colours are perfect for me and it goes with many outfits.

a crochet virus shawl at craftygardener.ca

The start of this shawl has been on the hook for ages. I just can’t decide if I want to use the virus shawl pattern again. I had used this yarn to make a shawl with the mystery pattern from the yarn crawl but I just didn’t like the finished project. So it was unravelled and I started the virus shawl. But it hasn’t gone much further than this in the past few months. I already have a shawl in the same pattern and similar colours, so until I find another pattern that I like it will stay on the hook!

knitting socks at craftygardener.ca

These socks have been on the needles for a couple of months. They started out on four dpns but I learned the technique of knitting socks on two circular needles, so they got unravelled and started again. The ribbing is just about finished but I don’t have an updated photo. I did get one pair of socks off the needles. It is slow going as the arthritis in my fingers will only let me knit for a little while at a time. I actually find crochet isn’t as hard on my fingers. Hm-m-m-m maybe I should look for a crochet sock pattern.

The off is winning, as that is 6 projects off the needles/hooks and 3 still on the needles/hooks. But I have a tendency to keep starting new projects, so perhaps whenever I get around to doing another knit/crochet update there will be more projects on the needle/hook. I t was just announced that there will be a spring yarn crawl for 2020, a fantastic time to visit lys and stock up on more yarn.

How about you? Do you have more than one project on the go? Silly question, of course you do!

Besides knit and crochet projects, I’ve got rock painting, doodling, photography projects, paper crafting and much more going on. Thank goodness for being retired.

a yarn line

10 Responses

  1. Nicola

    You have been busy! Lots of pretty things. I love the stitch pattern in the airy shells scarf. I have a couple of blanket WIPs but am not feeling the love for either of them right now. In fact my sewing machine is far more attractive to me, as I seem to be on a bag-making binge.

    I suppose you like to get lots of yarn crafting done over the winter as you spend so much time in your garden the rest of the year.

    Best wishes from the sunny Okanagan.

    • Crafty Gardener

      I saw some of the bags you are making and they are really nice. I’m slow with my knitting and crochet as my hands are really telling me to slow down because of the arthritis. Gardening had also slowed down last year due to all my bending issues. I’ve scaled back a lot and just do what I can now. We have been having an different kind of winter for us, snow in binges and then disappearing with temperatures just over 0 Celsius. I take one day at a time. Happy sewing.

  2. Myrtle

    Linda, I love the length of the fingerless mitts. Love the colours you choose. The airy shells crochet scarf is very pretty, love the pattern. I only have one project on the go, a newborn baby blanket with chunky yarn.

    • Crafty Gardener

      I love the long fingerless mitts too Myrt, put them on before my coat and they keep my wrists and arms warm while I’m out.

  3. linda keaveney

    Hey Linda…
    Lovely work!!
    yes indeed…always a couple of projects going at one time…that way I don’t get bored!
    Keep the blog going…even if just once in awhile…:o)
    Enjoy your week!!

    • Crafty Gardener

      I’m taking it day by day and week by week. Perhaps when the weather gets nicer and we are out more I’ll have more things to share.

  4. Margie

    I’m not a knitter, so I appreciate other people’s knitted products. Love the purple scarf!

    I’ve always used the fingerless gloves (for driving). I noticed that they’ve grown more popular over the years because of texting!

    • Crafty Gardener

      I love fingerless gloves too Margie, and wear them with everything. They are also good for when I’m out and about with my camera.

  5. Teresa

    I always have a zillion on going projects too. I love those yarns.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week.

  6. Michelle

    So. Many. Lovely. Projects!

    I always have a number of different projects. At the moment, I have a multi-strand necklace I’m working on, a jewelry set that has one of three pieces done, a crocheted afghan, and elephant quilt blocks (which have been in off for a couple of months). I’m also searching for a pattern to make my first crocheted shawl.

    Thanks for linking up with Creative Compulsions!

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