Friday, May 11, 2018

Charity Block #9: Granite Stitch

I’ve liked the look of the granite stitch ever since I first saw it on Pinterest, but I like it even more now. I knit this block as another swatch to see if it would work for a future design. It won’t work for the one I had in mind, but I love how simple yet interesting the stitch pattern is. It also lays neatly flat instead of curling, which gives it bonus points. I think it would be a great stitch for a scarf or a blanket. Downside, though: the stitches really scrunch together. My gauge with these needles and this yarn would usually be around 4 stitches per inch, but with granite stitch it ended up being 6 stitches per inch.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Charity Block #8: Ravenclaw Stripes

I finally got around to the last of the Hogwarts house blocks: Ravenclaw! (I’m a Ravenclaw, and my favorite color is blue, so I was looking forward to this one.) I wanted to do broad rugby-type stripes, but with a 9-inch long block, there’s not a lot of room to work with, so the stripes are only an inch wide. I still like how it turned out, though.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

All-Season Blanket Shrug

I hate bandwagons. If something is trending, I stay away. I don't consider myself a non-conformist, necessarily, I just avoid doing things simply because they're popular. (I suppose that's a very non-conformist thing to say, though, isn't it?)

This applies to my knitting too. I was knitting long before it became a cool thing to do. I still haven’t made a messy bun hat, and I've avoided blanket sweaters and tape yarn and any number of other yarny bandwagons that have swept through. I’ve had other projects on my to-do list, and I wasn't going to drop what I was working on to follow a trend.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Charity Block #7: Knotted Openwork

One of the reasons I like knitting blocks for Warm Up America is that about halfway through my big projects I get bored or frustrated and need a break, and these blocks are just the right size to knit quickly before going back to it. Another reason, though, is that sometimes I want to try a new stitch pattern that I’m considering using for a new design. Instead of knitting a swatch that I’ll just frog later, I’d rather try the stitch on a block that can become part of a blanket to keep someone warm.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Munchkin's Toddler Socks

Last year I knit a pair of winter socks for Munchkin’s tiny little baby feet. This year my toddler-Munchkin is running around with much bigger feet. He doesn’t need thick socks to keep his feet warm in the baby swing so much, but he does need them to help him keep his winter boots on. His I-don’t-mind-these-getting-muddy hand-me-down shoes are also a bit too big, and I was getting tired of him walking out of his shoes and getting his socks wet and muddy. (Although whenever he did, he just carried his shoe over to me, sat down, and waited for me to put it back on, so it was pretty adorable.)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Finnley Hat

Years ago I was in a yarn shop near Lancaster, PA, and I saw an intricate Fair Isle hat knit with two colors of ombre yarn. The colors shifted and changed throughout the hat beautifully and played against each other in such interesting ways. I couldn’t help thinking (and I still do, in a way) that if I could knit a hat like that, I would have made it as a designer. That’s the benchmark in my mind. I wish I could describe it better, and I really wish I had taken a picture. (Of course, that was back before my phone had a decent camera, and I never carried a real camera with me.)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Sunset Shawl

I last saw my grandmother on Thanksgiving a few years ago, before we had kids. We drove eight hours into a snowstorm (it dumped about a foot of snow on the east coast the day before Thanksgiving) so that we could be there in time to have Thanksgiving dinner at the nursing home. It was one of the top five most terrifying car rides of my life. But I’m so grateful to have those memories.