Monday, March 23, 2009

A New Spring Project

Last weekend, I took a short trip to Atlanta with the women of the family to celebrate my niece's 4th birthday at the American Girl Store. To conserve gas, I piled into the mom-mobile with my sister-in-law and her mom, along with my niece and a friend of hers. Of course, we had to leave one of the van's seats at home so that we could fit our luggage, complete with all three American Girl dolls (which turned into 5 dolls and a llama on the way home ...). It's a good thing we left room, too, because we also made a stop at the nicest Jo-Ann fabric store I've ever seen while we were in Atlanta. Needless to say, we did some shopping!

Anyway ... you need to know that I get horribly carsick on road-trips ... so much so that I really would much rather take a plane and suffer through connecting flights and layovers and the ears popping and such. I do not enjoy being in the car. But, most of all, I hate that I end up wasting so many hours of precious time just sitting there doing nothing! Reading makes me sick. Sewing makes me sick. Playing games makes me sick. Sometimes having in-depth conversations makes me sick. BUT ... there is ONE thing that I've found does NOT make me sick on road-trips (besides sleeping!) ... crocheting! It's weird, but it's actually kinda soothing for me, as long as the car is on cruise control and we're not in heavy traffic.

SO ... because Atlanta is a 6-hour car ride away, I decided to take along a new crochet project so that I could make the most of my time. I figured if I started it on the trip, I would be able to stretch it out over the whole course of the trip and have a finished product by the time we arrived home on Sunday night. Sure enough ... here are the fruits of my labor ...

Super-fun yarn!
I love the colors ... it's fun to see the mixture of all the different colors,
and how different parts take on different looks.

Here is my project hanging on a hook at home ... I can't wait to wear it!

So, do you know what it is yet?

I'll give you a clue ... even though I started it on the first day of Spring, think WINTER! :o)

(This is me doing my best to model it without getting in the way of the picture ... apparently, I had trouble getting it just right, but you get the idea!)

It's a fun ruffle scarf!
My friend Andrea got one of these for Christmas from a co-worker, and I asked her to hunt down the pattern for me. I love how girly it is.
And it's so stinkin' easy to make! Hmmm ... these would make great gifts!

My next project ... a fun jacket.
This might be a little ambitious, but I'm going to try it anyway.
Why not, right?


Andrea said...

Yea it looks great! I'll have to tell Becky the project was a success!

Amanda said...

You were in Atlanta and you didn't tell me?? Goob!!! Ok, I forgive you, I'm sure your trip was packed with JoAnn shopping and American Girl festivities. Oh, and I had seen the crayon roll thing on a couple blogs in the past and had had it bookmarked for a while, then yours inspired me! Of course I can't do any monogramming or even make it look all nice and neat like yours (did you notice that my 2nd one only had 15 crayons? The first hole was too small... ha!), but I had fun, and next time will leave more room on the sides so all 16 crayons fit. :)

Sara said...

Thanks Andrea! Definitely tell Becky thanks for the info on the pattern ...

Sara said...

Amanda! I know ... I was going to call you at one point, thinking maybe I could meet up with you for coffee or something, but our schedule ended up being packed! We were only in town Friday evening through Sunday morning, so that didn't leave any opportunity! Sad! Hopefully, next time I can stay longer and see you!!!!

I'm loving your crayon rolls ... you did such a great job with them! I especially love the ric-rac in the seams. Very nice!!!

Kristin said...

That is adorable - I wish I knew how to crochet!

Sara said...

Thanks Kristin! My mom taught me to crochet a LONG time ago, and so it feels easy to me. But, knitting is another story ... I tried to learn a couple of years ago and finally gave up. I'm hoping to try again soon, because there are a TON of things I would love to knit!