This December may have been the craziest month ever. My husband's birthday, our 12th wedding anniversary, a graduation party for a friend who finished up her masters, a mad rush to complete Christmas crafts (which of course could not be blogged until after they were gifted), a trip back home for the holidays, a wedding, out of town guests, and to top it all off, a terrible case of the flu that had me on my ass for nigh two weeks. I'm spent! And now, life must return to normal (because I just might die if it doesn't).
The good news is I've got lots to share with you now that the presents have all been opened. But first! How about a little glimpse of my new favorite accessory?
That's right! I finally finished my Mini Mania Scarf!
At 18 inches wide and 76 inches long, it's really more of a shawl than a scarf. It's worked lengthwise in linen stitch, and I used up lots of my leftover sock yarn. I cut my yarn at the end of each row and knotted them every 6 rows for a built-in fringe. Casting on 600 stitches and working a total of 268 rows means that 160,800 stitches went into creating this behemoth. And with each row taking abut 30 minutes (20 minutes if I'm concentrating, 40 if I'm watching tv at the same time), that's 134 hours of my time wrapped around my shoulders. Worth it.
I decided to also create a matching headband/earwarmer/mini-cowl thingy. As I began to run out of each yarn, if I didn't have enough left for another 600-stitch row, I would work a couple 135-stitch rounds until that yarn was all gone. Finishing up at 109 rounds, we can add another 14,715 stitches to the total.
And at a mere 5 minutes per round, it only took me an additional 9 hours to make this guy. It ended up being about 6 inches wide and 18 stitches around, but it stretches quite a bit to fit around my ginormous noggin.
Altogether, I managed to clear 532 grams, or 2166 yards, of yarn out of my stash. And now my head and torso can stay oh-so-toasty all winter long.