Thursday, September 3, 2015

Comfort

I first started knitting about seven years ago. I had been using Stumble Upon and came across a knitted sock. It was on the Knitting Like Crazy website. I thought it was an awesome thing to behold, Jen is very talented, and told Glenn I wanted to learn to knit. I was off and running. I find it interesting that I found this love shortly after having lost another - my Dad. My dad had passed away a few months prior and there was a void not only in my life but in my heart. Going to my first yarn shop was comforting. I felt so at home there from my first visit. I picked out some red yarn and size eight needles and went home, looked up knitting on YouTube only to find I knew how to knit. I must have learned at a younger age and had forgotten. Or had I? I now wonder if I knew that knitting would bring me comfort. It would keep me busy, give me something at the end to show for my work and the ability to make things for those I love. That first project was a Seaman's Scarf for Patrick. He loved that I was knitting and has been the person I've knitted the most for, including myself. Socks, hats, mittens, cowls. I can make anything and that boy will wear it.

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I was very happy to be a knitter. Not only a knitter, but a crazy knitter as my sons call me. I never leave the house without a knitting project in my bag, just in case. What if the waiter is busy and we have to wait? What if the store isn't open yet and I have ten minutes till opening? What if the bus is late? Whenever I have a few minutes, I'm knitting. Being treated for cancer, there's a lot of waiting, hence a lot of knitting. It kept my mind and hands busy. Things just didn't seem as bad when I was knitting.

Now another loss albeit a good one. Patrick has left for college. This leaves a huge hole in our family. He's seven hours away so I probably won't see him until Thanksgiving. The thought of this brings tears to my eyes but they're selfish tears. I know he's where he should be, doing what he should be doing. Yet again, I find myself knitting, losing myself in the process till missing him isn't quite so sharp,quite so painful. I know this will pass and my Glenns will get me through this but the knitting will constantly keep my mind busy.

Patrick is still my biggest fan, the person for whom I will knit the most things. Only now I'll have to mail him all the lovely things he asks me to make him which will be plentiful. He's gonna freeze his ass off in Buffalo. But not if I have anything to say about it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Crazy Stripes

My sister, Pat, asked for a pair of striped socks. Wow a lot of requests lately! Pat likes crazy colored socks too so I went on a search for a brightly colored skein of self striping sock yarn and found it in the destash group on Ravelry. I've mentioned this group before because it's the first place I look when I need something specific or if I have a few extra bucks to spend on yarn. I like this group because people selling their yarn are usually in need of money (car repair, vet visit, etc) and I can usually get something a few dollars cheaper than if I bought it in a store.

Ok so crazy socks. Here they are:




I love the color combination here and I know my sister will wear them till they fall off her feet. It's Biscotte & Cie Felix yarn which I understand is discontinued. The pattern is Jeck which I've done before and has become one of my tried and true patterns. Am I the only one who makes a few patterns over and over again? I've found a few sock patterns that are easy but really nice so I make them time and again. I even have to check with some people to see which patterns they have! Three of my nieces, Deb Joyce & Carlie, really love hand knit socks so I'm almost always making one one of them socks. They're the ones I have to check with to see which socks they have. As a matter of fact, I'm casting on a pair of socks for Joyce right now! After I do these for Joyce I'm going to try to knit something for myself! Unless, ya know, one of my nieces calls.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sockhead Hat. Again.

I do a lot of the same project for different people. Sometimes I do a lot of the same project for the same people. This time is one of the latter. Normally I don't post about the same project but I just had to share this yarn.

I had picked out this yarn to do a pair of socks. The yarn is Indigo Dragonfly Djinni Sock in Villainess and I'd picked out the pattern Elphaba's Revenge socks which I thought was rather clever and gorgeous to do them together. As stated I was going to do this until the following conversation occurred:

Glenn: Oh that's a really nice yarn. Very green. What are you going to make with it?

Me: I'm going to make a pair of socks. I like that it's green and the pattern is named after the witch from Wicked.

Glenn: Yes it is green. Very green. I think it would make a nice hat for someone.

Me: Oh? What kind of nice hat would this make?

Glenn: A Sockhead hat. I think someone would love a Sockhead hat made with that yarn.

I agree




I made a Sockhead hat for Glenn and he loved that he could fold it up if it got really cold. He rarely asks me to make him something and he never asks me to use a specific yarn so when he asked I couldn't say no.

The color is so rich and vibrant and an addes surprise was the stripes. I really love this. Will have to see if I can find it again this year at Rhinebeck.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stealth Knitting

Ok I really am stupid. Or stoopid. I've been knitting things for Patrick to bring to college with him and he leaves this week so I gave them to him. The stupid part? I don't know what patterns they are. I should have taken photographs of each thing as I finished it and taken note of the pattern but I didn't. Stoopid.

Here it is:




Hats, socks, cowl and mittens. He also has the blanket I made him. He also has a bunch of things I've knit him over the years including the first thing I even knit, a Seaman's scarf. He was so happy with everything and I'm so happy knowing he'll be warm through a cold winter. He leaves Saturday and it's bittersweet. I'm so happy that he has an opportunity I never had but I will miss the hell out of him.

One down, one to go. My yarn room is getting closer to becoming a reality.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Finally!

I've wanted to do colorwork for a long time. I've started a couple of things only to get frustrated and rip them down. Not this time! I wanted to make Patrick mittens that would be nice and warm so I knew I had to just do it. I found this pattern, Espresso Bean Mittens, that was really cute and easy. So so easy.




Aren't they cute? Believe it or not, it only took about three days to do these. I did have to make modifications. The first mitten I did in pattern with the needle suggested, only to find that it was way too small. I frogged it and went up two needle sizes and they were perfect. The one thing I didn't take into account is the afterthought thumb placement, it should have been lower because of the larger needle size. Grrr. I wasn't going to rip down another mitten so I just make them a bit longer which isn't a bad thing. It's only a four row repeat so it was easy to memorize. I'll definitely be doing these again. And again!

Patrick leaves for school soon so I'll be able to share all my stealth knitting I've been doing since the beginning of the year.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Rare Gem

If you haven't tried Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarns, you really are missing out. I think this was the first sock yarn I ever purchased and I've loved it ever since. I'm doing my second year of their sock club, which I obviously love, and this year I decided to purchase one of their Rare Gems. I think this only occurs once a year when BMFA sells what they refer to as Rare Gems and there's a theme. This year was Air, Earth, Fire & Water. I purchased a skein of the Water in lightweight and I couldn't be happier.




If you like this, you can go to their site and get on the mailing list. This way you'll be notified of not only the Rare Gem releases but all other sales and special events. As you can tell, I love this yarn. In my opinion, they are one of the top three yarn companies. Great colorways, which change seasonally, gorgeous product and great customer service.

Now I gotta figure out what this is going to become!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Go Rangers!

Patrick and his Dad are huge Rangers fans. I wanted to make Patrick something he can wrap around him when he's upstate freezing his ass off in Buffalo while watching the Rangers play. I looked for the perfect sized blanket which was a little difficult because I didn't want to make a baby blanket or a twin sized blanket. This one is just great. It's called Fresh Stripes Throw. The stripes were in blues but Patrick's clever girlfriend suggested I do it in red, white and blue which are the Rangers colors. Not only is she beautiful but smart too!






The photos don't show how large it is but since everyone's sleeping or awake, I didn't have someone to throw it around.

It was supposed to be stealth knitting but Patrick's a smart kid. He figured out it was for him and he's thrilled. Now I just have to keep it away from him till he leaves for school.