MonthFebruary 2016

Finally Finished – Knitted Cowl

Doesn’t it feel great to finish a project? I love checking something off my to-do list.

knittingcowl

Well, I’m checking off a really old knitting project that I started in 2013 when I did my monthly Creativity Challenge knitting class. This was the final project we started in that class, and it is one of the more challenging projects we did. It involves following a pattern and changing colors a lot.

After finishing this 82-row pattern, I can say that I feel pretty comfortable tackling something like this in the future.

In the beginning, I had to sit in a quiet room, alone, so that I could count stitches and concentrate. Now, I’m comfortable sitting in a room with the television on and my family! I’ve gotten much faster at completing a row, but it’s still fairly time consuming. I can use the previous row’s pattern to know when to change colors rather than counting all the time. While it felt tortuous at times, I’ve learned a ton and expanded my knitting comfort zone.

cowl-finished

Now, I’m going to admit how long it took me to finished this project: more than a year! How silly is that! I could only commit to doing one row a night sporadically (being a mother of two young children). I really hoped to finish it sooner, but nevertheless it is done! Now, what about those other unfinished projects from that class … or maybe I’ll rip them out and make socks. 🙂

close-up-cowl

My designer takeaway: Sometimes learning can be painful and painfully slow, but it is rewarding in the end! Keep going!

Groundhog Birthday Cupcakes

My mom’s birthday is February 2, Groundhog’s Day. While we have teased her every year about seeing her shadow, we have never gone so far as to incorporate a groundhog into her cake. This year, I went there (and then I promised her to never do it again). 🙂

groundhogs

I found this cute little cupcake tutorial on Pinterest for groundhog cupcakes. They were pretty simple. I just had to buy a few kinds of candy and cookies. (And, I used cookies rather than peanut butter cups for the head because we have a nut allergy in our family.)

To build these cute little heads, you use melted chocolate chips for glue. Boy did it hold well!

groundhog

Sorry mom, but it was just too much fun! (She loved them!)

My designer takeaway: Go ahead and make the obvious every once in awhile.

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