Making things makes me feel good. When I’m nervous or anxious or feeling stressed the best thing for me to do is to pick up my knitting needles or my felting needle- that or go for a swim but swimming isn’t always an option.
I have always described myself as having crafting ADD. I go through phases of focusing on one kind of craft at a time and I get really into it. Sometimes it is needle felting, sometimes sewing, doll making, or embroidery, and once in a while during those really dark times it is nothing at all. But no matter what else I am working on, I always have a knitting project going on and lately that’s all I have been doing. It has been a knitting frenzy for the last year or so.
I learned to knit when I was six from the most amazing knitter I know- my mom. She patiently sat with me, fixed my mistakes and encouraged me by giving me new projects even if the previous ones were not finished yet. At the very end of my first year in college I broke my leg and couldn’t do much for those first few weeks of summer vacation so I decided to knit myself a sweater. My leg healed before I had even finished the front- another project in the “finish later” basket. I don’t know what ever happened to all those unfinished projects but there were a lot of them. It wasn’t until after I got married that I finally got serious about knitting and I made a scarf for Andy. And then the babies started coming. First my little niece Evelyn arrived and I knit her a sweater. Actually, if you count the number of times I pulled that little cardigan out and re-knit it, I probably knit her 5 sweaters. Then friends’ babies and my babies came and they all got sweaters and hats. I love knitting for babies. It is so quick and rewarding and they come out so cute and tiny. My babies are not babies anymore and their sweaters are not so cute or tiny anymore, but I still love knitting for them.
At the moment I am knitting a pair of socks for myself. A few years ago I made myself a pair of felted mittens, but other than those, all my knitting has been for people I love. My mom gave me a beautiful skein of wool last winter and told me that I had to use it for myself, so now that the kids’ vests are finished, I am trying to squeeze in this pair of socks before the Christmas gift-making frenzy begins.
Lately I have been getting most of my knitting patterns on Ravelry. I love that site and can get absolutely lost in it. I try to use only the free patterns, but I have purchased a few also. I haven’t yet posted any of my finished projects on Ravelry but I love looking at other people’s projects so maybe one day I’ll post mine too. In the mean time you can have a look at them here.
This is a bag I made for Ulka. The pattern is actually from a really great Debbie Bliss book with many patterns that I will use, so I bought the book. I used Cascade 220 for the bag and just scraps I had around for the flowers.
Here are the vests I made for the kids. I used the same pattern for Ulka, Ila, and Kairav but put a different cable pattern down the side. For Ishaan I used a different pattern that I thought was a little more “grown up”.
I love vests for the fall because sometimes they don’t need a full sweater but just a little wool around their chests will keep them toasty. I am not letting myself buy any more wool until I’ve used up a large portion of my stash (ok, so the Sheep and Wool Festival doesn’t count!). Ishaan’s vest is made from some Lamb’s Pride wool I bought years ago for a sweater for him. Ila’s grey and cream tweed is Cascade Eco Plus, Ulka’s is Ella Rae classic wool, and Kairav’s is Great American wool which I had never used before but honestly it’s not wearing as well as I hoped.
I also recently made a Wallalby sweater for Ishaan and though I love how it came out it the end, it was a bit of a bear to make and I had to really play with the sizing, but he wears it all the time so it was worth it.
I must end this post now because you are probably getting tired of looking at my knitting projects, and I have one cold foot.