Non-Emergency Knitting

When I count my blessings, I include my partner’s delight in my hobbies.  He doesn’t do anything crafty himself, but he loves that I do, and he’s interested enough that I’m secretly worried that one day I’ll come home and find him casting on with my best sock yarn hehehe.

A couple years ago I knit him a hat for Christmas.  It’s one of his prized possessions, he wears it every day in the winter, and the first winter he had it, he annoyed all our colleagues by showing it off and saying how awesome it was that I made it for him. (Like I said, counting my blessing with this one.)

the beloved hat, when it was new and shiny

I used Cascade 220 and by now, after two winters of hard use, it’s a bit pilly and I told my man that it was time for me to knit him a new hat.  He told me I could go ahead and do so, but he would still wear the original so he didn’t see a point in my effort. Ok, that’s one thing off my to-do list I suppose.

So, you can imagine how much he freaked out when he lost his hat last week. Besides the emotional trauma, it was quite cold for Cincinnati and we walk about 1.3 miles to work each day.

As soon as we were sure that the hat was indeed lost, I entered Emergency Knitting Mode and got to work on a replacement with bulky yarn I had in the stash, using the same pattern as the original.  I put things on the back burner that probably should have been on the dinner table already to make progress – it’s a brioche pattern, so even this bulky knit was slow going.

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And then of course, he found his hat slipped behind some furniture at work where it didn’t really make sense for a hat to be.

Now there’s this half-knit hat lying around, that I don’t love enough to finish but don’t hate enough to frog. Now that it’s not Emergency Knitting, I don’t have any passion for this project at all. What to do?

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New Year

It’s New Year’s eve and I have actually finished knitting something!

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A pair of fingerless mitts, a Christmas gift for my sister.  Love this yarn, used no pattern, details on Ravelry. I had quite a bit of trouble with binding off.  In the end, after several tries, I ended up using the trusty “standard” bind-off on the thumbs, and a sewn bind-off on the finger area.  I used the directions on Wendy’s sock book for the sewn bind-off. I left these with my mom, since she will see my sister before I will, but hopefully I’ll get some pics of her wearing them at some point.

I have another FO, soaking now, and it feels great to end the year with a sense of completion.  Please don’t remind me of the many more uncompleted things I’m carrying with me into January.

My crafty goals for 2013 are to have a net reduction in stash (yarn in < yarn out), learn to spin on a wheel, and to start knitting holiday gifts this month.  I managed only those fingerless mitts for Christmas this year, and even they were late. How lame!

FO – Green Monster Blanket

After almost a year and a half, I finally finished knitting this green acrylic cabled blanket.

Here’s the front,

Finished!!

and the back.

I previously blogged about it here here and here, and here‘s the Rav page for it.

Now, to start a second blanket in the same yarn. Um, I think I’ll wait until after the Ravellenic Games are over for that!  And probably pick a much easier pattern, preferably involving miles of garter stitch.

Keeping Promises

It’s dangerous to knit for others, because not every non-knitter appreciates what goes into a hand-knitted item.  I only knit for close loved ones, and usually not by request – I decide to knit someone a hat/scarf/sweater, pick appropriate yarn and pattern, and go to town. I figure the person will appreciate the effort I made for them if they are so close, and I won’t be stuck knitting something I don’t want to knit and turning my hobby into an obligation.

Last year, though, my mom requested that I knit a blanket.  How can I say no to the woman who not only gave birth to me, but also proudly wore my first crocheted hat to work for an entire winter?

So I showed her some patterns on Ravelry and took her to the craft store to pick some yarn. She picked Alexi Throw as the pattern and we picked up some acrylic yarn at one of the local craft stores.

I made decent progress for a couple months when I was marginally employed and single, but then life happened and I didn’t pick it up for months.

This week the guilt finally got to me and I put all other knitting projects away.  Looking at my Rav page I realized that it’s been fourteen months since I started this damn thing. It’s about time to make good on the promise I made.

Here’s my progress so far:

Alexi Blanket for Mom

I got a good inch in during our quasi-weekly Dungeons and Dragons session today. Multitasking recreational activities – yes I am a product of the 21st century!

As an aside, reviving the blogging habit is a promise I made to myself awhile back, I’ve been sitting on this wordpress account for weeks and finally forced myself to post.  I am going to try to blog frequently for the next month or so to form the habit.