KEEP CALM CRAFT ON • HANDMADE CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

There's something about Winter that puts me in the mood to create, work with my hands, make things for the people I love. I've really been itching to bring out my sewing machine and start preparing clothes and blankets and the like for this Spring baby, but pretty much my entire studio is in storage - so I've been hoarding things on my Pinterest boards to compensate. I did happen to grab my knitting bag and all the yarn I could fit in it and find a little spot for when packing up the car, so that's been my creative outlet here in Missouri. Back in July, I finished a scarf up for Alex that was intended to be a February birthday scarf. I've had a matching hat on my to-do list since (I'm quite the procrastinating crocheter it seems). I knew we would be on a tight budget for Christmas this year and I guess that was just the excuse that I needed to get motivated and whip one up. I used this video tutorial, but started with 16 stitches instead of 12 since my yarn was a bit thinner than what she uses in the video. I finished off the edge by alternating between front post double crochet and back post double crochet to give it a ribbed look. Alex seems pretty fond of it and says it's warm, so I consider it a success for my first attempt at a beanie, especially since I had to tweak the pattern and wing it a bit. He catches me staring at him a lot when he wears it because I just can't get over how neat it is that I made that and it doesn't look like he's wearing a pot holder on his head or something. I touched each stitch and it actually looks like a hat.

We spent Thanksgiving weekend in Los Alamos and a friend gave me a crash course in knitting while we were there. I've always wanted to learn, but just haven't had the patience to wade through Youtube videos to teach myself. I played around for a few weeks before deciding I was confident enough to set out on a legitimate project. A little scarf for Ev seemed doable, so I started with 24 stitches and used a garter stitch until I felt like it was long enough (180 rows or so). I added the tassels to the end because she had been asking for a 'colorful scarf,' and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I don't have the things I need to block anything, but my stitches were all pretty tight and even and the little imperfections seem to make it all come together as a kid scarf, in my opinion. I think I'm going to try my hand at a cowl for myself next. I'd really like to move beyond scarves and start knitting in the round to make a hat, but that seems a bit overwhelming right now. We'll see. I also have plans to knit a little mustard yellow bonnet for the new babe, but I obviously have no newborn to test it on - so Ev's baby doll will probably have to suffice.

'The act of creating, in one form or another, preserves my sanity amongst the chaos of life.
This explains why I always have more than one project going at a time as well as why my housework tends to fall behind. I enjoy seeing what others are working on and keeping calm with, too.
What are you creating? What is keeping you going?'

2 comments:

  1. nice!!!
    i started a scarf for my husband 2 years before but still didnt finished it :(

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  2. Love it! Such a good idea to add the colorful tassels to give the scarf a little visual interest while still keeping it simple. I know how to knit but haven't done it in so long I'm afraid I won't remember. I need to pick those needles up soon!

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