Labels: Sweater knitting
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Presenting the first FO of 2011 that is all mine: Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos. After coveting the one that I had made for my little sister, I wanted to cast on for one of my very own. This is a quick and fun knit, even for the second time around. The best part is getting to use buttons from the extensive button collection that is hiding in my closet. I love dark wooden buttons and now must go on the hunt for more. Here are two more Welcome to the World newborn hats for Suddenexpression's preemie hat drive. These are the little boy versions. So addictive to knit and fast. Hope everyone has a fun weekend! Check out these wonderfully talented bloggers at FO FRIDAY WITH TAMI'S AMIS.
Progress on Daybreak was going strong until a few days ago when I started to feel my wrists getting a little numb. Then the throbbing began. As a knitter, I try not to ignore any signals that my body sends me relating to repetitive stress injury. So now I am taking a short break until the pain goes away. The time spent not knitting is being replaced by aimlessly surfing through ravelry for future projects. And so now there is quite a compilation of things that I want to knit in the next few months. Just as soon as my wrists cooperate! While on ravelry, I decided to zero out my queue. While I think it's a great feature to have available, I really did not use it to its full potential. My usual method of deciding what project to knit next involves browsing through things that I had added to my favorites list and seeing what catches my eye. Sometimes it's like looking through my old high school yearbook and wondering,"What was I thinking?" But more often I'll find a million things that I need to cast on for ASAP. I've also found great inspiration by reading everyone's blogs on WIP WEDNESDAYS WITH TAMI'S AMIS, so check it out if you haven't already! For now, here's some closeup shots of the middle striped section of Daybreak.
I love the name of my latest hat obsession: Welcome to the World Newborn Hat. You can't help but smile with happiness when knitting these tiny things up. It's a great basic pattern that produces a comfortable and well-fitting hat. The pattern also lends itself well to modifications. I added a little bit of fair isle to the first one. For the second one, I used these terrific mods by annypurls which you can view on ravelry, HERE. The third one in progress is for a little boy. These will be sent to Suddenexpression for her preemie hat drive. Click HERE for more info. I am hoping to whip up a few more to send, maybe changing things up by experimenting with different edgings or stitch patterns. Such fun! Also fun is Daybreak, the perfect merging of process and project. You know the type, where the finished object is so desirable, but you don't want the knitting to end because the pattern is so much fun to knit. For me, fun usually involves self-striping sock yarn and slipped stitches. Check out WIP Wednesdays with Tami's Amis for some more fun knitting and crocheting ideas.
For me, knitting is as much about listening as it is about seeing and touching. The rhythmic clicking of the needles is the perfect accompaniment.......to my little boy's chatter as he plays with his toys, to my hubby's noises as he putters around the house, to the quiet sound of rain on a cold winter's night, to a really great song that perfectly captures my mood in that moment. What do you have playing in the background to your knitting?