Without Knitting

Yesterday morning I found myself in a surprising and terrifying place: a place without knitting. I scrounged around for needles and yarn and a pattern, but my hopeful plans were dashed several times. My relief was palpable once I started pulling string through loops. These tiny baby booties for an expectant coworker took just long enough for my husband to bring me the project I forgot at home.

booties

What do you do when you don’t have access to knitting?

Restless

I have a bad case of startitis. But I’m trying to be good and not cast on ALL the things. Just some of them. My husband and I watched a documentary on minilamism recently, and it made me think about all the things I have that I don’t use. So I pulled this skirt out of my closet to rework as a tunic. I love the skirt, but I rarely wear it, and a tunic is much more realistic for my lifestyle. (Pattern adapted from Alabama Studio Sewing + Design)

skirt

I needed some thread and binding to start/finish this project, so I went to my local fabric and craft store and fell down the rabbit hole. I have plans to make a project bag from these.

fabric

Making doesn’t just have to be crafting. My husband and I made the most delicious chocolate mousse (recipe courtesy of the Joy of Cooking, of course).

dessert

And here we are in all our mustachioed glory.

mustache

“Selfish Knitting”

Christmas is over, and with it the joy (and stress) of knitting gifts for others. We as crafters now have time to knit for ourselves – “selfish knitting,” we call it. But why is knitting for yourself selfish? You are taking your time and your money and your skill and turning it all into a thing. Why shouldn’t that thing be for you? Why does the world assume that just because you make something – whether something functional or artistic (or both) – that it must be for someone else?

I think it comes from us not taking care of ourselves, not placing adequate emphasis on our own personal needs. We knit because we love it. But when you are knitting on a deadline or knitting something you don’t like or with a yarn you hate, where is the enjoyment in that? If knitting is about finding joy or peace or contentment or whatever knitting brings you personally, we should each strive to knit primarily those things that make us happy.

So go knit something you love. I hope it’s wonderful.

shawl

Toasty Toes

You might remember from a few weeks ago how I made a pair of worsted weight socks for my mom. I didn’t realize it when I started my project, but I actually had enough of that yarn for 2 pairs of socks. And my feet have been cold lately.

socks

Now my feet are toasty warm! What shall I finish next?

2

Pattern: Rye by Tin Can Knits (with a Fish Lips Kiss Heel)

Yarn: Cascade 220 Heather in 9489 (Red Wine)

Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm

Finished but not

The joy of knitting socks is that halfway through you have a finished object. The frustration of knitting socks is that you still have a second (hopefully identical) sock to make.

sock

The joy of knitting a blanket (composed of blanket squares) is that partway through you have a finished square. The frustration of knitting a blanket is that you have lots more squares to do.

square

(I am proud of myself for estimating exactly half the ball of yarn when I knit this square. It makes the rest of my blanket calculations easier.)