December was spent knitting. I had decided to make something for Jason’s sisters and then I ended up making something for Brian (brother-in-law), my mom and my friend Misty. It was so very fun to extend myself and learn new techniques. It is wonderful having a knit shop right in town to be able to pick out the perfect yarn or ask a question or five.
I did not, however, get very many pictures of the final product. :/ I have a few, though, so that may satisfy your curiosity.
This is the hurricane hat found here. I found most of the other patterns on Ravelry, a great resource for knitters. With the owl mitts I knit for Amber I knit my very first cables which turned out to be very fun. I look forward to doing more cabling. I then worked on a collared cowl for Misty in secret. We usually talk knits and work out patterns together, but I couldn’t say anything and it was SO HARD not to!
One of the patterns called for “light blocking” which is basically washing the knits and then laying them out on a towel and pinning them in place to dry a certain way. You can’t just throw your knits in the washer, you need a special soap and you have to be very gentle, so Nora and I filled a bowl with water and soaked the knits for 10 minutes each and then gently squished out the water, laid and pinned them. I did get pics of that!
These mitts were for Sheena. I just love the colors and the whimsical swirls. They were my first fingerless mitts and I did not mess up once! A first! lol
Here are the owl mitts. The pattern is on Ravelry, Owl Mitts by Sandra Ruppert. They tended to roll into themselves, so it helped to block and pin them. I then had Jason sew on buttons for eyes (LHM, I cannot do buttons!). Again, very cute.
The striped mitts at the top are the Gradient Mitts by Lee Meredith on Ravelry. I totally changed this pattern. I changed the gauge of the yarn using only one strand instead of three and also the number of rows for each, well, row. I was very worried that they wouldn’t turn out, but they did. :o)
This pattern used short rows, which is turning the work mid row and knitting back and forth. It turned out beautifully and looks much better on Misty, but here is a pic.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic of the caponcho I made for my mom, but the pattern is on Ravelry, Rosa’s Caponcho by Emma Fassio. I used bulky yarn, US 11 and plan on knitting just the cowl part for myself. It was very warm and knit in a beautiful teal and natural brown. I almost kept it for myself! ;o)
Earlier this year I debated on continuing to knit. I’ve been knitting for almost three years, but I wasn’t good at it. I messed up a lot and had to start over at least three times per project which is NOT FUN, but I continued to learn basic techniques and started buying yarn for projects instead of buying yarn without a pattern and trying to “wing it” and magically (ha!) all that I learned and all those hours of practice finally came together and I finally feel confident in my craft. It is actually fun to knit again and still challenging (it will probably always be challenging, and with this cold weather and snow on the horizon there is a need to knit things for myself and my family. :o) I’m glad I kept at it and I hope the girls enjoy their knits!