Every family has one. You know the one I mean. The crazy aunt who gives the weird gifts. The one who strikes fear in the hearts of her nieces and nephews because they know the next package could contain the worst gift know to man. (Be honest, you just had a flashback, didn’t you?)
As much as it pains me to say it, I fear I have slipped into that role. Even worse, I am the crazy aunt who knits.
It gives me great satisfaction to give carefully chosen and lovingly created gifts. Unfortunately, the guys at my house aren’t big yarn fans. I’ve made a few scarves, hats, and socks for them in the past but this year they didn’t have a single request so I took out my creative frustrations on my dear, sweet nieces. (Sorry gals.)
Please understand I had the best intentions and I only made items I would wear myself. (You should know I am 43 years old and they are not.) As I carefully wrapped each exquisite masterpiece, that nagging little voice got louder and louder until there was no denying what it was trying to convey. “I AM that aunt.”
If you get a cowl, slouch hat, or scarf from me in the future rest assured the pattern was chosen for you, the color is one I think makes you look positively radiant, and the yarn is one that feels like bliss as it slides through my fingers and off the knitting needles. Please remember this and know I will still love you as you take it directly to Goodwill. It really is okay. Really.
I have avoided my knitting projects lately because too many important things require my time. I have a white sleeveless sweater almost completed and I’d like to finish it up sometime this month.
While looking through a knitting magazine yesterday, dreaming about my next project, I stumbled upon an article about double-knitting.
Interweave Knits, Fall 2011: Digital Edition – Interweave
I have seen patterns touting the virtues before but assumed it would be too hard for me. (Have I mentioned I like to knit on the go? Very little concentration is given to whatever the object at hand happens to be.) Well not anymore!! I sat down last night after dinner/laundry/dishes and gave it a try.
My sample swatch is too loose (I used the needles that were handy and plain cotton yarns) and I knitted a white stitch when I should have knitted a green one, but I am just giddy with the possibilities.
This is side A, the other side is just the opposite; white background with green design.
Yippee! Warmer days are a welcome change at the Cox house. I love, love, love spring. My creative juices are really starting to flow.
I recently finished a crochet bath mat. This is a huge step for me. I consider myself more of a knitterly type of person. Sure, I’ve finished knit pieces with a quaint crochet edge, but to make an entire crochet project? Huge, trust me.
For those of you who might like take the leap with me, the pattern is simple. Using 3 strands of worsted weight cotton yarn, chain 60, single crochet every row through the back loop until your mat is just the right size. It isn’t rocket science, but I love the texture of the piece and the simple pattern. There is something therapeutic about the repetitive nature of knit and crochet, especially when you can just fly through it without using a pattern. Ahh, yarn bliss. 🙂