Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wait, Knit, Blog.


I can't tell you how many times I've heard "I would never find the time to knit." This amazes me. Often when I am waiting around, I knit. A woman recently came and sat with me at a basketball game and asked about my knitting. She shared with me a project she had started 6 months ago. It was a baby sweater for her niece. She had only the sleeves left, but the baby was now 14 months and she was making a 12 month size, no way it would fit her. She then said "with all the kids sports I just don't have the time to knit!" I didn't understand her point. I was at my daughters game, I was knitting. It was a back to back game, I had lots of time to knit, at least 4 hours of it sitting in the bleachers. I said as much and she shrugged. So I continued to knit. While I watched and cheered on my daughter.

I usually have socks OTN because they are easy to travel with and getting to the end of the needle is quick. Do you knit while you wait? What is the perfect project for you to take along?

We've been watching lots of swimming the last couple weeks. Go MVCS Sonblazers! GO BLUE! GO GOLD! Last weekend in Artesia, Johanna beat her personal best time in the 50m Freestyle by 4 seconds! She is the swimmer in bottom lane. Johanna amazes me with her strength and grace. We're heading to Districts this weekend in Sante Fe.
These socks are in MVCS school colors, mostly knit at swimming. Where I find the time.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Patterns

I'm trying to be more adventurous on my life these days. I love knitting and even though Ravelry has an unbelievable amount of patterns, I can't always find exactly what I want. So I improvise. I decided today, I should list a couple of such items as patterns. Who knows, maybe one of my patterns is exactly what someone else is looking for.

I'm starting with my Wee Hats. If the amount of comments and messages I received is any indication this will be a success. Hope you enjoy!



Wee Hats

I used an assortment of left over sock yarns. not much is needed. Less than 5 yards for each hat.

I used size US #0-#1 needles.





Cast on 24 stitches, join in the round for knitting. Knit 4 rounds in 1x1 (K1, P1) rib. Then knit 14 rounds in plain knit, stockinette. Decrease round; *k3, k2tog* around. ( I ended up with 1 extra stitch, I knit it. In the 3rd round this corrects itself.) Knit 1 round. Decrease round; *k2, k2tog* k1. Knit one round. Decrease round; *k1, k2tog.* DO NOT knit a round. Decrease; k2tog around. Draw yarn through the last 5 stitches to close and weave in ends.

I love these little hats, I hung them on my small Christmas tree along with wee socks and sweaters.

Happy Knitting!