Friday, March 16, 2007

Nonsense Knitting

Tell me you've done it before. Commiseration will get me through. Have you ever spent a week of your itty, bitty bits of free time, knitting something that you KNOW they won't wear more than once? I mean, we birth 'em, walk 'em, put up with the eye-rolling and the requests for tattoos (not until you're 23, dear). Then they ask for something hand-knitted for a special occasion; in this case, St. Patty's Day. So I knitted the little buggers - I mean, darlins - green hand warmers. They're worsted weight, Lions Brand wool, washable, of course. I used cable patterns from Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks, and no, the hand warmers weren't hard. =+) They're just one of those things that aren't going to be worn after Saturday. Maybe I'll pick out the bind-off and make them into mittens Sunday.



Oh, oh - here's another bit of knitting nonsense. Last year, my daughter designed a sweater (I'm so proud!). So we charted it out, and I knitted it for her, with her stated colors. It's white, with a black swirl at the bottom, and I think it looks pretty good, as knitted things go. It also wasn't difficult, but with a pair of black pants, she'd be stylin'! (Yeah, I'm old - so?) I knitted it with the top-down technique, and it was really fun to try on her and knit the sleeves until they were the right length. For knitting entertainment value, I highly recommend this move. HeeHee. Anyway, she wore it... once. Yup. As it happens, she doesn't actually like long sleeves. Now I know.



(Hey, look! It fits the next kid! Woooot!)


For other blog events, I'm off hunting Nicky Epstein's Knitting Beyond the Edge. If one is sighted by you, be vewy, vewy quiet. You'll want to hear me sneaking up behind you. I'm hoping our local Borders will get a clue and quit tucking the twelve knitting books they stock in with the polymer clay section. But I can't complain. That's how I discovered the Yarn Harlot, and blog land. *waves to everyone* So I'm off, and wish me luck. If I bag one of these babies, it will start my Nicky Epstein collection, which I may indeed mount on the wall. I love the photos in her books, the ideas and inspiration. Mmmmm.

10 comments:

LaurieM said...

They may yet surprise you one day and wear them more than once. If you take them away and threaten to turn them into mitts, the kids may just wear them in order to go contrary to you.

At least in my experience....

Carol said...

Nice nonsense there! I have the same thing going with mine, except they ask for stuffed animals. You'll love Nicky's books! I have Over the Edge & Beyond the Edge love love love them! I agree, bookstores should have knit sections, I have to scour through clay, scrapbooking and various other crafts to gleen where the knitting books are.

AR said...

Oh, so that's where you're going today. heheh, just kidding. Great sweater!! I forgot to let the kid where her (my) green hand warmers today! Oh man, I'll probably be in trouble later!!

Laura B said...

That sweater is so cute! Good thing you got yourself a back-up kid!

Lorraine said...

You never know, they may wear them beyond St. Patrick's Day.
I made my son a cardi with a train running around it, and my daughter had a pink Mary Maxim Sweater with a Kitty on the back.

Did you check out Anne's Nicky Epstein Sweater: shadesofshetland.blogspot.com

del said...

The mitts came out so cute--there's always next year to wear them! And that sweater came out great--at least you can hand it down!

Mouse said...

I haven't seen Beyond the Edge yet but I have the other two (on and over the edge) and they are pretty cool. I bought them with my 40% off coupons at JoAnns.

Tala said...

Great sweater! You should be so proud - I am dying to knit a fair isle sweater with that type of wave pattern in it!

AJ said...

I would wear them past today! :-)

Nora said...

Cute little hands in mittens...