Thursday, March 10, 2011

Knitting: Not just for grandma anymore!

Being a housewife that does not work, I have a lot of free time on my hands. And while I know quite a few women that would kill for just a little bit of free time to themselves, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I've been on the other side as well. At our last duty station, I did work outside the home and felt like I never had enough time to do anything else. But for now, I am fortunate enough to spend my time at home.

With that being said, it got to a point recently that it was just too much time. I had nothing to do. When we first moved here, I had gone on a decorating, recycling, painting etc spree. I have all the walls covered with my creations, with no room for anything else. (I already feel like it's a little cluttered as is. I didn't need to add to it)

So in my fits of boredom, I brainstormed ideas that could get me into something new. A friend of mine had started learning how to knit a few months before, and I got to thinking about it. I hadn't ever tried to learn or had anyone to teach me. But it didn't stop me from looking up videos on YouTube. You can just about anything and everything on there, I swear!  Without boring you with all the details, long story short is that I got hooked. My first project was a simple garter stitch scarf on straight needles. I just didn't know what it was called at the time. All I knew was that I was knitting row after row after row.

But enough of the talky talk...I'll get to pictures. To limit the sheer amount, I'll add them in collage and then describe below. You know...cause I can't seem to stop talking....ever!

1. My very first knitted project.
2. a set of cabled wristlets to try doing cable stitches. It was so much easier than I had ever imagined. As
    long as you have the right supplies
3. a hat for my daughter, first one made with circular needles. The only problem was that it got too small to
   finish on the circular needles, so for the first time I transferred the work to double pointed needles (dpns),
   and some where in the process I messed up and knitted the opposite of what I needed. That's the reason
   for the large pom pom to help hide the mistake ;) Lesson learned first of many newborn hats. This one was sent to our friends in NC that are expecting their first little
5. more newborn experience, this time for friends expecting baby #3...along with a custom designed onesie
   with their nickname for the baby while still in the "oven"
6. a girly colorful number made for a friend's for a little one that already loves to accessorize.
    LOVE it!
7. living with my husband, I knew that I needed to attempt to make a New York Yankees hat. Thankfully
    after some advice from the owner of I got the results you see. (this was attempt #3)
8. After making #6, I knew I couldn't leave out her older brother. And he loves loves loves Yo Gabba
9. Yet another newborn hat. This one was shipped out to Virginia to some friends that unexpectedly had to
    move. They had been stationed here, and she had become my thrift shopping buddy. I was sad to see
    them go. But they are also expecting their first baby girl. And she's the first in line of my 4 friends to 
    deliver. I can NOT wait to see pics of this little one!

There you have it. The abridged version of my last 2-3 months. I am by no means anywhere close to an expert knitter. And I guess that's why I felt like I didn't have much business blogging about my creations.

Ok, I must go. I'm off to start on the last of the newborn hats. Love it!!

1 comment:

  1. Great knitting projects! I tried to take it up in college but I could never quite get the hang of it. Love the newborn hats and Yankees hat. Cute!!


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