So my Grandma turned 85 a couple of weeks ago and although I didn't get that gift mailed in time for her birthday, I wanted to make her something, it was simple and quick but functional and I'm pretty sure I need to make one for myself when the knitting deadlines end. I give myself these crazy deadlines and make knitting feel like a chore rather than fun.
I have several projects started and they are for special (patient) people in my life, and I've even stooped so low as giving my sister-in-law an unfinished gift for her birthday. I had a few other tokens to share with her, but then I put a hat that I started for her with the two yarn cakes right in the gift bag. She asked me "Are you going to teach me to knit?" Nope I just haven't finished your gift, sorry. Tacky? Maybe a little bit. She knows I mean well though, I hope. And, she will get her cap before the snow flies, I think.
I had a skein of Lion Brand Wool Blend Super Chunky Navy Yarn in the good old yarn cubby so I grabbed that for Granny's neck warmer. I have a small collection of buttons, so I ended up finding one that seemed to be a good size and it worked. I love it when that happens. All I did was knit on some gigantic needles size 15 actually - and I took them on the airplane - I wasn't sure that would fly (they won't let you bring a tube of toothpaste on the airplane but I can take metal knitting needles that are the size of my arm on) but I made it through security. It only took me a few flights to finish and I just did a simple garter stitch. Keep it simple sis. I love the way a garter stitch looks anyway, all bumpy and pretty. I don't reckon I even counted when I did my casting on, but I kept right on going until I ran out of yarn and it was the perfect amount. I like making up my own patterns as I go, but I do wish I could read and follow a pattern without a problem. That sweater - oh that sweater.
So I'm off to bed and I'll leave you with a couple more hilarious photos of Granny's neck warmer, (on me - that's not Granny) it is so awkward to take photos of yourself in a mirror, too bad my three year old can't really use my camera. I already got a sweet thank you from my Grandma and she assured me my gift would keep her Wisconsin-chilled neck warm all winter.
Happy Knitting from the dorky Mama!
Yay I'm moving along! It isn't a scarf! So this didn't actually take me very long to knit up. I think I did it over the course of a few evenings (a few movies) and finished up on a weekend. The finishing was the hardest for me as I haven't ever done anything major with decreases, etc. I didn't have a pattern when I started but then ended up finding a knitted cap pattern which was very helpful for the decreases at the end. This was for my sweet little August. I let him choose his wool himself and then I added one extra stripe. This is also the first time I've switched colors while knitting. I have run out of yarn mid-project and had to start a new skein but this time it was all intentional (as I hope you can tell).
I found the pattern in a book that I checked out at the library (another great way to get free patterns).
I used Patons Classic Wool for this particular project. It is a yarn that needs to be hand washed but is great for felting. The main color used was Cognac Heather. It said to knit it up using size 7 needles but I used size 6 circular needles for this project. It was my first time using circular needles and I love them! I wish you could finish the entire hat without switching to double pointed needles but it was a good first time experience for me. I guess most of you reading this probably know that you just knit the entire hat to make it roll this way, so no purling required. I think I started with 76 cast ons. I should write it down because I forget so easily. Since it was a gift for my little boy (who isn't even 3) I figured that would be plenty, but if I had it to do all over again I would have done less. It is a bit big for him, I guess I could try lightly felting it to get it to shrink down...or just save it until he's a bit bigger. I just don't like that it doesn't cover his ears very well...it doesn't stay down over them. I'm actually making another hat right now but I'm using a ribbed stitch and it is going to be much better for ear coverage - that one is for Simon.
The upside to decreasing is I got to use my cute stitch markers from Skyline. I just knit two together before each of my stitch markers until I was done. It made a nice little star atop his cute little head.
One more photo of cute boots. He loves his new hat (almost as much as he loves to eat snow).