I use the left side of my brain a lot in my profession. When I was in grad school, I decided that I needed to learn to do something that exercised the right side of my brain a little bit- enter knitting! My sister taught me, and I haven’t looked back since. I started out with scarves, and quickly got bored. Then I attempted a sweater (I am nothing if not ambitious- jumping from straight lines to clothing, yikes!) Sweaters are fun, but they involve a lot of sewing (which I still don’t love, especially hand sewing) and yarn. and time. I moved on to socks, and I’ve knit a ton of those (don’t ever let on you can knit socks, because then everyone wants a pair!).
A favorite place to visit for knitting inspiration is Ravelry. It’s like facebook for knitters (and crocheters)!! I have found many great patterns on there- some free and some paid. Here’s a collage of just a couple of things I’ve made in the past two or three years:
|Top left: Jaywalker socks. Top right: French Press felted slippers. Bottom left: Teddy bear. Bottom right: Selbu modern|
I don’t actually keep a lot of the things I knit- I honestly really enjoy knitting for other people. Watch out though, if you ask me to knit you something, you might not get what you ask for. A friend of mine recently had a baby and she asked for baby socks. I got really excited and knit her a blanket, a teddy bear and a sleep sack before remembering I was supposed to knit her socks, so knit up 2 pairs really quickly before her baby shower. Whoops!! The sleep sack ended up being really popular, and I actually had a couple requests to knit it for other people:
|I started with this pattern, but heavily modified it|
I’ve discovered I really like knitting colorwork lately- something about knitting with more than one color. It’s actually fairly easy to do too- as long as I don’t get some hugely complicated chart, which I’m guaranteed to screw up. Here’s my very latest knit, a Christmas present for my sister (yes, the same one who taught me to knit. I can now out-knit her!):
|Opus spicatum hat|
With all the projects we’ve been doing around the house in the past year, it’s been a lot harder to find the time/energy to knit. It’s also really hard to be interested in knitting when it’s 90+ degrees outside with 90% humidity! But now that things are cooling off, and we aren’t painting every room in our house, I foresee more knitting time in my future.
Any other knitters/fiber artists out there? What’s your favorite project that you’ve done lately?