Down to the Wire

You know, it’s easy to post when I’ve finished something and make it look like it was super easy and effortless. And some projects are like that. But, truth be told, the Gamecocks Cup Sleeves were a grueling knit. I’m not sure why. They only took about an hour each, so six of them should have taken only 6ish hours. I have no idea why it seemed like so much longer. Maybe it was because I was knitting with cotton. I generally prefer yarns that have a little push and pull to them. Wool is perfect like that. Worsted weight cotton was just not my cup of tea. Maybe it was because I really just did not love the colours. Sure, black and burgundy are great, But it’s the middle of winter. Can I have some bright colours? Maybe it’s because I was silly enough to knit them flat instead of in the round. Sure, I would have had to go up a needle size to knit them in the round, but what’s one needle size? Not that much of a difference. Especially since it was my own pattern.

I will say toward the end of the last cup sleeve there was a bit of terror. I only had this much yarn left.Image

I was so terrified that I would run out of yarn that I had to put the project down for a while. I picked it up again the next morning, hoping and praying that I would have enough. And, you know what? I did. Just barely.Image

Whew! That was a close one!

Sometimes knitting in the break room is a good thing

Sometimes instead of looking dorky you look skilled. Sometimes people wish they were as creative as you.  And sometimes they ask you to knit for them. Growing up I never saw myself as someone who would do crafts for a living – and I don’t. But recently several of my coworkers have seen my handiwork and wanted it for themselves. And they are willing to pay good money for it. Because of their support and interest I may be setting up an Etsy shop in the near future. I will definitely post more about it if it all pans out. For now, I have some finished items to show you.

Cup Sleeves in black and red for a Carolina Gamecocks fan:

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Knitted in Peaches and Creme (black) and Sugar and Creme (wine), pattern is my own.

Note to self: wearing one’s own creations is a great way to raise awareness of one’s craft and to garner sales. Example: with Valentine’s Day looming close I wore my tatted red heart earrings. 2 coworkers asked for a pair, one in red, the other in black. They liked their earrings very much.

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Happy Birthday to you!

It seems that I now blog only when I have a finished item to show you…but I guess that’s better than not blogging at all. Next Sunday is one of my bestest friend’s birthday. She will be 22. She and I became friends a few years ago at a summer conservatory, and have been nearly inseparable since. We graduated together, and now we rent an apartment together because we’re too poor to each rent alone. My friend is auditioning in New England in just about 2 weeks and is worried about the super cold weather there. And for good reason: I don’t think she has an ounce of fat on her! She asked me to knit her a hat for her birthday – we lose a huge percentage of body heat through our heads. So we went to the store and found a yummy yarn, and then I looked on Ravelry for the perfect hat. Let me tell you, that was a search! To find something the right gauge, not to frilly, but not too plain either, something that would keep my interest and that she would be able to wear on the most mundane of occasions. Well, we finally found the perfect hat: The Mochi Chunky Chevron Hat. This hat was a quick, fun knit in chunky yarn (in Lion Brand USA). It will keep her warm for a good long time and provide a pop of colour in her life. Happy birthday, dear.