I finally sat down to writing out some unique patterns and have successfully posted them on my Ravelry site!
My first pattern is about cables and colors and I love it! Shout out to the universe!
For your enjoyment 🙂
Not only am I happy to present another pair of baby pants made from scratch (no pattern) but its my first request with crochet! I crocheted the eye as I thought they would look better than if I stitched them on. I am quite please! But found out that I don’t care too much for the hook and appreciate my needles so much more!
Cheers for knitting!
Its been an odd year. Since I have started knitting six years ago, the seasons have brought the same variables. Summer and fall are busy with getting my stock up for winter sales. Christmas gets busy with requests for gifts. New year and the rest of winter is calm with my own personal projects, or my WIP (work in progress), then summer hits with plans for the fall markets.
Now, around our town, we have had a bit of an oil recession hit. Which means the fathers and men haven’t been working since Christmas, since they aren’t working, they aren’t spending. If they are home, kids stay home and wifes work, which usually (and sadly) means lower income, so families are staying in more, going out less, so our entertainment industry suffer. If the families have little ones in childcare or preschool, they tend to pull out their children, so the daycares/dayhomes/preschools suffer. I have been laid off due to this trend.
Now, I also have my knitting, so after the emotional turbulence settled, my mind went to all my WIP that I have. Great! I got my projects, my ideas, all those great bits! My only problem being that I haven’t had a slow down in requests! Odd, since our town is hitting down turn and you would expect spending to be down!
So sadly, my WIPs are still waiting for me, but needles are till flying and I am gaining some money through my door. 🙂
My good friend went on a trip and brought me back a book on how to knit amigurumi (usually crotcheted), but made for people with my skills! See, I’m one of the few knitters that HATE HATE HATE double pointed knitting needles. Its not that I don’t like the needles, or know how to use them, its that when I do knit with them, I end up getting tracks, or gaps, between where the needles connect. Now, I have been told how to fix this, but with how I knit, its just not working! Since I am a creative individual I have found various patterns for everything that involved two needles and sewing (which I have become an amazing expert on!) except for socks, but hey, one day I will try!
So I get this amazing book all about two needles and sewing, and I am thrilled! I decide this weekend that I will try one of the patterns out. So its all good, I make all the pieces, top, bottom, two parts for each claw, and eight short legs. As I look at my mess of pieces I feel silly, wouldn’t it be easier to just cut fabric and sew it together to make this? Why not try it with double pointed knitting needles? Is this even going to fit together and look right? I put my fears and anxieties aside, and after an hour of fighting with it, I did it!!! and I’m not even too crabby about it 😛
I like to create and sell things that are above ordinary and stand out. This year I found a supplier with spiked beads, some funky yarn and turned out Spiked Fingerless Gloves (or texting gloves, or hand warmers, what ever the trend is to call them now).
Some family friends of ours are expecting their second child in a few months. I’m excited for them, not only because I love pregnancy, but because I get to make a baby blanket for them! The situation that I am having, they don’t want to know the sex of the child and don’t wish to know till the birth! So here I am, trying to make a blanket for a boy or girl… and I’m stuck on colors. We ended up going with a yellow, and a rainbow-ish yarn color, but it got me thinking about the history of boyish or girlish colors!
When you look up the history of colors, it wasn’t until after 1940’s that pink was a girl color, especially with the ‘Think Pink’ slogan that was designed for women to embrace their softer side. Before this, pink for decades was a boys color, as red was for men, for it was deemed to be a stronger color. Some critics have explained that blue has always been a women’s color as it is the softer color, even artists have portrayed The Virgin Mary wearing blue for years. Back in the 1880’s babies weren’t defined by their sex chosen color, most of the time white was the only thing they wore until they were past the accepted baby stage.
Even children in my preschool have trouble identifying what color are boys and girls colors. It was a pretty heated debate when that came out, as most wanted their favorite colors to be the colors associated with their sexes colors. They only thing that seemed to be the same choice was that pink was definitely a girly color because of Barbie, the princesses, and My Little Pony had these colors, but after that even blue was hard to pick!
Even yellow, when chosen as a middle color, was more of a nurturing color, bright like the sun, and warm as wheat fields, when asked by men is not usually a middle color. It seems the older the generations, at least when asking around here, that colors are more easily divided among the sex lines, but less so when you get to the younger generations. But, we choose yellow, and rainbow that has all the colors, and its turning out beautifully! Final thought, I didn’t choose white for a very important reason. As much as children are little balls of sunshine, giggling and beautiful, they spew spit up, puke and can have leaky diapers, leading to stained blankets. So yes white is so beautiful and works for both sexes, it tends to not stay white for long.
Well I have been working hard on it when I can, the spring show came and went and my cousins cowl turned out superb! I finished the hood, which keeps curling and making it look more like a tube instead, but that will be rectified once I am able to finish it good and proper! I then picked up stitches, and have been increasing it so that it flows out, not sure when to stop yet, but I am getting close to the spot which feels right! I still have another 900 yards of this wool to go, then it will be time to finish it and add the edging and buttons.
I feel lucky today, as one of my cousins bought a bunch of yarn for things she wants made, and even bought me a crafting tool box! Eagerly I am ready to start, I even finished the slippers I am making for the trade show come spring. I pull out my circular knitting needle set, find the right size of needle and …. cannot find the length I need. I had to stop to think, as I usually do not have projects lying around taking up bags, or needles.
Its then that I remember my hooded cape is using the largest size! Ugh! I cannot just pull it off, or put it on a giant holder, as I do not have one. So, I guess I need to get my butt in gear and finish off the hood! I have accomplished 8 of my 11 inches that I think are required (I am making this from my head, and slightly based off a hood from one of my favorite jackets).
Until then, I guess my cousins cowl will just have to wait… sigh…
I have been working on my hooded cape (hood halfway done) and freaking out over how socks I swear are meant to make me hate knitting (don’t let it be so!!!) when my friend announced she was putting on a spring show for crafters and home based businesses. My first thought was a solid ‘NO I will not buy a table!’, but after gossiping about crafts, beads, yarn, and how much fun the show was last year…. FINE! My answer was a no, as most shows in the spring are a let down, nobody is buying like crazy for the holidays, most people are saving up for the summer holidays, or most people are just plain broke after tax season, or haven’t received their tax break yet! Ugh… but it did get my business tag out there!
Now, to explain how I hate socks. I cannot for the life of me knit on double pointed knitting needles, because I cause a laddering effect. You tend to leave gaps where the needles meet, either I am holding it too loose or most likely, too tight. So my mother in law got me this great sock loom, found out I hate looms. Too slow, too rigid, I am either fighting with it, loosing all my stitches, or wishing I could knit instead. So, I resorted to finding a two needle sock pattern, which I am going to try out and wear with pride! After saying that, an old friend I worked with gave me a circular knitting needle, that is made with a wire instead, so it could work to pull off the two sock pattern, so wish me luck!
My hood I am so proud of, but unfortunately I will have to put it on the back burner so I can make slippers, headbands, cowls and such for the spring show… sigh…. at least I plan to have it done for may for a friends wedding!