Current State of Knitting

Photo Jul 21, 9 47 05 PM (1) editWhen I finished the Aran sweater, I only had one ball of that Irish yarn left. After thinking about it for a bit, I knit it into a small cabled tea cozy for one of my 4-cup teapots.

After that, I finally got around to a baby hat that I had agreed to knit for someone back in January… (I do not do much knitting by request, because I don’t seem to actually enjoy it and therefore I procrastinate on it as much as humanly possible. That is exactly what happened here, and the hat only took me a few hours to complete. I always forget how quick some crochet projects are…)

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5KCBWDAY2 – Dating Profile

Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.

WarmHandsWarmHeart2012

Alice's Reading Mitts

Seeking Someone to Warm Up

Hello, I’m Susie. I moved to the Midwest from Texas in late 2011, but it wasn’t until late 2012 that it really felt like home. Now, I love Chicago; it’s my own “sweet home” because it’s where I realized what I would become. (It doesn’t hurt that my opportunities to warm chilly hands are numerous here with the fickle weather and long winters.)

My size is on the smaller side, but I’m tough with excellent stitch definition. I’m gray, but I’m not gloomy–there’s a rainbow of colours shining under that overdye if you’ll just give me a chance.

I’m a little vain, so I’m not interested in activities that might make me snag. I tend to pill under pressure; it’s embarrassing, but it’s true. I’ve got tight twist, so I knit up a little stiff, but I softened up after some quality time washing and blocking. That’s the best way to get to know me–talk to me sweetly and soak me in wool wash and cool water, then lay flat to dry. If I’m acting grumpy, it’s a good way to get me back in shape and good humor. It’s also fantastic as a treat any day just to show me that you care. It’s a spa experience that I never get tired of.

My favourite way to spend an afternoon is cuddled up with someone special and a good book. I’m just the right length to avoid interfering with page-turning, and I won’t obscure your fingers, but drafts won’t be a problem. I love to cozy around a mug of warm tea or coffee, absorbing the heat and relaxing. It’s a warmth that you’ll feel even when the beverage is gone, because I’ve got the power of wool on my side.

Once we’re together, you’ll wonder how you managed so long without me. Cold hands with frozen fingers will be a thing of the past.

Alice's Reading Mitts

What’s Knitting and Crochet Blog Week?

Finishing Mitts and Onward

Purple Cabled MittsI am thrilled to have finished Wednesday the mitts I began on Tuesday–and they turned out exactly as I had hoped they would! Both have thumb gussets–which I really prefer as opposed to thumb openings when it comes to mitts. I feel like they fit on a hand better and keep one’s hands warmer. They’re also not terribly difficult to do; I modeled the thumb gussets on these mitts from the thumb gussets on Catching Butterflies by Tiny Owl Knits, which I knit recently. They use a kfb increase for the thumb gusset, and although it is not exactly symmetrical in appearance (due to the nature of the kfb increase) I was satisfied with the resulting appearance. For the cabled mitts, the kfb increases look even better because they blend in with the waffle stitch. The “bar” created by knitting into the back of the stitch is similar enough to a purl bump that it’s not very noticeable.

My only real concern with the mitts is their size. I tried them only myself to make sure they weren’t atrociously small, but my hands are smaller than the recipient’s hands. I hope they’ll fit her well. I’m hopeful that even if they seem a bit tight at first, they’ll loosen up as she wears them.

My next step is to finish up the necklace kit I bought to make for her, and then I can send a care package to her university with all sorts of handmade goodness. ♥ I’d really like to have it done in time for ♥Valentine’s Day♥–I could theme the package for the holiday and include some cards and other trinkets, too~ ♥

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For the Knit Worthy

Dark Violet Hat One of the phrases that I’ve embraced and been amused by is “knit worthy.” I like it for several reasons. It strikes me as kind of silly, to have a phrase like that, but it’s also very true. I’m always bemused by the low value that most people place on handmade items, such as those that are knit. Many a stranger has suggested that I sell whatever I’m currently working on, as if it’s a magical way to gain extra income–totally ignoring the hours of work I’ve put into it or the cost of the materials used. Acquaintances of friends of girlfriends of cousins of coworkers say, “Could you make me one?” when they see a hat or mitten, as if it’s some kind of instant and free thing I conjure up when asked. Others consider something handmade to be lesser than its mass-produced counterpart–“Why KNIT a sweater,” they scoff, “when you can BUY a sweater?”

When I first learned to knit, I was obsessed with knitting gifts. Any occasion seemed like the perfect occasion and any recipient was just the right recipient! Every pattern I looked at was so enticing to me that obviously it must be enticing to anyone who would receive the gift! I was so sure that there was a pattern for everyone, a yarn for everyone, and a finished project for everyone! They’d be delighted to have something handmade; they’d value it as much as I did!

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