Been trying to get my smithing to level 60, but I don't want to spend hours making daggers and enchanting them.
What I do is spread it out. I do a quest, sell junk, buy out iron ingots and leather straps. make daggers, and then back questing I go, repeat when I get back into a town. It's not perfect, but it flows better then grinding it out, especially if you are doing alchemy and enchanting on top of it.
Doing it this way, I had enchanting 80 at about level 22, alchemy was 70 and smithing 60 and didn't cut into my kill things alot time.
Specifically, quest done, so if I am headed back to whiterun for the turn ins, then I first go to the inn (or my house) sleep till morning or at least get rested bonus. Then I zip over to dragonreach. Enchant all the gear I picked up as much as possible. Buy new empty soul gems from court wizard. Run down to Apothecary and buy her ingredients out, make potions and sell them back to her and that goods store next door if she runs out of coin. Sell enchanted goods with him after, or drunken huntsman and the blacksmith. Buy out iron ingots, smith, sell daggers and back out I go. (I could buy more ingots from the skyforge area, but I consider it too far out of the way. I only go there if I am trying to find a specific ingot the blacksmith is not carrying that day)
Sounds like a pain, but it takes 10 to 15 minutes at a time and feels a lot less grindy. Just more a post adventure routine.
Edited by TimberWolf, 06 July 2012 - 08:59 AM.