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.

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Treasure Box

I was going through some old files on my computer while backing it up and came across several I had written in high school. I had forgotten about most of them, some for good reason. I found an old assignment from English class: we were supposed to write a fable. Here is mine.

Humphrey’s Lesson

A long time ago, in a far-off land, there was a little chicken named Humphrey.  Now this particular poultry had many brothers and sisters, many cousins, and many, many friends.  He also had a mama chicken who fretted day and night about all her little baby chickens, and especially about Humphrey.

Well, one day this little baby chicken was playing with all his brothers and sisters, and all his many cousins and friends, and he decided that he wanted to do something different.  He decided to go off on his own.  So he said goodbye to his mother hen, his many brothers and sisters, and all his cousins and friends, and set off all alone. 

But while he walked along all by himself, Humphrey got just a wee bit bored.  You see, it was no fun traveling all alone, so he hoped to find someone to play with on his way.  And who should he meet, but a sly fox! 

Now you know, and I know that foxes like to eat chickens, and especially chicken eggs, but poor little Humphrey didn’t know this.  So he went up to that sly fox, and said, “Hi.  Who are you? Will you play with me?”  And, of course, the fox agreed, secretly planning, all the while, to eat the little chicken up.

Well, soon, Humphrey began to get a little homesick (you see, he had never been away from his mama, and his brothers and sisters, and cousins and friends before), and he wanted to go home.  And the fox, sly as he was, decided to go with Humphrey back to his home, and his mama, and brothers and sisters, and cousins and friends.  Of course, Humphrey agreed, after all, wasn’t the fox his friend? But that sly fox only wanted to eat poor Humphrey up!

Well, lo and behold, the two travelers arrived at Humphrey’s home.  But when Humphrey’s mama saw the fox, she went into a tizzy.

“Humphrey, why’d you bring that good-for-nothin’ fox home?  Didn’t ya think he might be plannin’ to eat us all up?” 

But Humphrey defended his friend.  The fox didn’t mean to eat them all up! 

Well, his mama just kept scolding him, and pleading with him, and worrying, so Humphrey finally asked his friend, the fox, to leave so that Humphrey’s poor mama would stop worrying. 

But do you think the fox left them alone?  I don’t.  And since then, I’ve never heard of a chicken who will trust a fox.  

Wildflowers

What’s an obsessed knitter to do when she has a growing assortment of knitting needles and nowhere to store them? Make a knitting needle case, of course. I had a few small pieces of fabric sitting around that went together reasonably well. Anyway, how hard can it be. All you have to do is sew straight lines! Well, it turns out that sewing straight lines is a little harder than I thought, but I’m happy with the result. It seemed a little plain when I was done, so in keeping with my floral print, I added some colourful wildflowers swaying in the breeze and finished it off with a lovely green ribbon to tie it closed.

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The First of the Year

Well, I’m back. Happy Christmas and New Year and all that. I’ve been gone from the blog for a while, but I have been knitting! Here are first finished items of 2014: Socks, Yarn is Patons Kroy Socks FX, Pattern is from a ball band.

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And a Hat, Yarn is Yarn Bee Alpaca, and Pattern is Brioche Hood Hat

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What have you been working on this New Year?

Still

I took wedding photos today. Happy, happy! You will see the outcome tomorrow. Bob is halfway done. Now before you get on my back about him, think about this: it took me about a week to knit a sock. Bob is bigger than a sock. Bob will take longer than a sock. He will be done at some point before December…(I hope…).

Today was a beautiful day. It was a cloudy, cold, November day, but it was beautiful. I love days like today, when Nature is still and I can let her infuse me with her stillness. Our world moves so quickly, and so often we forget to be still. I was reading Shakespeare out in the woods by a lake and came upon an old, unexpected friend.

That time of year thou mayst in me behold
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
In me thou see'st the twilight of such day
As after sunset fadeth in the west;
Which by and by black night doth take away,
Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
In me thou see'st the glowing of such fire,
That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
   This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
   To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

~Sonnet 73