It took me a year of planning, knitting, avoiding but finally finishing my hooded cloak!
Pink hems, lacey edges, butterfly buttons, I cannot wait to wear this out!
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 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…