Pretty Projects

As every crafter knows, UFO stands not only for Unidentified Flying Objects, but also for Un-Finished Objects. In an effort to complete my UFOs, I have restricted myself to the following 5 projects until their completion.

My current endeavors include 1 sewing project, 2 crochet projects, and 2 knitting projects.

1. A Challah Cover – self designed.
Basic Description: My husband, who studies the bible for a living, helped me design a pattern for the hebrew letters, which read “Shabbat Shalom.” The pattern was completed using tunisian stitch, a particular kind of crochet that requires a specific crochet hook. This website contains step by step instructions, with pictures, to orchestrate the tunisian stitch.
What’s missing: I have purchased some blue fabric to sew to the back of this challah cover in order to refine my edges and add that something extra. I have a date with my sewing machine on December 24th and hope to complete this project at that time.
Review: In the future, should I repeat this project, I will make the entire project much larger.
2. A Scarf for Donation – Designs by Ashbug.

Basic description: a group at the hospital where I work is collecting scarves for donation so I decided to make this one. Scarves are due on January 12th. I picked up enough yarn to make a single scarf and used a pattern similar to the one I designed for my brother’s scarf one year ago. Entirely crocheted, this project consists of single crochet, double crochet, and “loops” (self-defined).
What’s missing: this scarf currently measures 32 inches. The required minimum for donation is 4.5 feet or 54 inches. Due to the color pattern selected, the finished project will be greater than 60 inches.
Review: I am very happy with this pattern and have finished two scarves previously using this pattern, one for my little cousin J, and one for my brother.
3. Scarf for my cousin P – Using “Extra Warm Men’s Scarf” by Cotton and Cloud Shop

Basic Information: Using supersaver yarn, and this pattern originally found on ravelry, I am created an orange and blue scarf at the request of a younger cousin. This is only my third ever knitting project (my first being a sock and the second being a similar scarf for my husband for hanukkah) and as such it is very slow going.
What’s missing: This project currently measures. As my cousin is roughly 5 feet tall, I would like to make this a minimum of 5 feet in length.
Review: I absolutely love this pattern. It is certainly tricky and takes quite a bit of wrist twisting, but it knits up into a beautiful pattern. My wrist and forearm get sore after working on the project for more than about an hour at one time. I have yet to determine if this is a fault of knitting in general or the very tricky MK stitch used.
4. Warm Hat – Using “Delight” by DROPS design

Basic information: Again, I originally found this pattern on raverly. I started with a set of 5 US size 2 double pointed needles. Starting with the rim, this project is worked in the round beginning with a basic rib pattern.
What’s missing: this project currently measures just under 2 cm.
Review: In retrospect, this would be a lot easier on circular needles, as the pattern recommends. I am finding it difficult to keep 170 sitches on these needles without dropping any stitches. The yarn itself is less soft than I had anticipated and hope that my husband will enjoy the finished product.
5. Baby Blanket for Donation -Using “Baby Checks Blanket” by Coats and Clark

Basic information: This pattern uses single, double and triple crochet. Each square measures approximately 4 by 4 inches prior to stitching together.
What’s missing: All that is left to do is tie in all the loose ends.
Review: This incredibly beautiful blanket was very easy to whip up. My main comment would be to make sure you tie in your ends as you go. The blanket generates well over 100 loose ends. My second comment concerns the method used to join the squares. I used this method to join my granny squares because it was suggested that it would survive many washes. However, I do not like the way it bunched up the granny squares and upon further searching, I have discovered this method to join granny squares. My next blanket will use this method. In fact, I think the entire blanket used in that tutorial is beautiful and thus it may be my next blanket. Here is the tutorial for the granny squares in that blanket.