Hello August!! I don’t know where the time has gone but it’s been a while. Time to start thinking about Christmas knitting!
There is nothing more humbling than to put so much time and love into a handmade gift and have that special person really feel grateful and appreciative of it. Not everyone in my circle of loved ones are like this. As special as these people are to me anyway, the grateful ones are so much fun to knit for.
My husband is one of these people. I have made him some very nice scarves when I began to take knitting more seriously as a hobby. One scarf I made him was made out of some aran 100% regular wool and was very long with star stitches throughout. I should have known he isn’t the best with laundry and fabric care as he threw it in a regular wash and then in the dryer one day. It came out as a thick felted square. I managed to use sharp scissors to cut thick strips, rolled them up, re-felted and transformed the mess into a few wool balls. To this day, the wool is at least being put into good use in my dryer. I really hate waste and I also took over washing and dryer duties in the household. He loves folding clean laundry so this works well for us.
Everything I knit for him, he always loves and wears them non-stop without washing whatever it is. He always claims it’s the best thing I’ve ever made him until the next one. He’s very sweet like that.. For years now, I’ve been planning to knit him a sweater but lately (maybe for the past year) he’s been irritating me so much as I’m sure this is totally normal for every couple in general. It’s too hard to knit for someone who makes you feel so angry, you know? Obviously the anger passes.. So anyway, exactly a year ago, I began to swatch a sweater for him but couldn’t get the gauge right. My gauge last year was about 6 needle sizes smaller than the size that the designer used. Is that normal?? (I was very pregnant at the time so who knows, maybe hormones did something wonky to my gauge back then. I’ve learned that my pregnant self and real self are completely different people!)
The pattern is called East Village by Josh Bennett. He likes fitted light weight sweaters and this one seems perfect. This will be my first adult sweater and I am excited to pick this up again. It’s been hard to find designated time for something like this but my 9 month old son will be going to full day daycare in September so I’m looking forward to figuring out this gauge business.
My sister in-law is an amazing person. I’m so grateful and lucky to have such a wonderful sister in-law. My mother in-law passed away about 5 or 6 years ago to cancer before we got married. She lived a little far away and I wish I had more time to get to know her better. She was an artisan potter and a very delightful and vibrate person. Usually I hear people not getting along with their mother in-laws, but this woman was truly amazing and I really admired her. I suppose my husband’s sister is the closest connection I have to her, as they both are very pleasant people and even kind of look similar. I get that they are each very different individual people but still. Isn’t it fun to hear about your spouse’s embarrassing childhood stories from somebody?
Last year I quickly made her a hat. It only took me a couple of hours and I wanted to make her socks but ran out of time. Since the New Year I put it on hibernation but will be taking it out soon. It’s almost done. It’s from Knit Picks Socktacular book which I love! The pattern is Shifting Rib Socks. I’m all for printing patterns off of Ravelry or just keeping a digital pattern on my phone to save paper but I really love having physical books. I love knitting socks and this book is so versatile. It’s the first time I did a toe-up gusset heel which I didn’t know even existed. (I should mention though that there is an errata on this heel section of the book on the Knit Picks website if you have the same book and are trying to follow along. It’s just a minor stitch count that was off but good to know.)
I kind of wish there were more stitch patterns but it’s still worth the buy. I got it when they had a 60% or 80% book sale (I think it was a Cyber Monday sale) so I can’t complain.
Normally I like knitting socks on dpns one at a time but I knew I would be dropping and picking this project up again with kids and so I did the two at a time method on one circular needle. The first time I tried this two at a time method, did not like it at all. I found myself constantly untangling or re-arranging each ball of yarn and it’s all still the same amount of knitting so the progress wasn’t necessarily faster. I found it’s not ideal travel knitting this way with the separate yarns.
This time around, I kind of got use to the rearranging of yarn balls as I went along and it’s a sure fire way to make sure everything matched up perfectly, from the length to the heel, between each sock. Especially with the toe-up gusset heel, I don’t know if I could have made them look exactly the same if I made them one at a time. Dpns are how I learned and so I feel most comfortable knitting socks that way. I always have sock projects as travel knitting (if I remember to take it with me). Sometimes putting dpns away and then picking them up again is not as easy as circular needles. If my kids found something on dpns, they have a tendency to rip the needle right off the stitches. I can’t wait until they are old enough so that I do not have to knit in secret anymore.
Also almost done this monster and baby monster project. I still have to glue on the teeth but keep on putting that off for some reason. The pattern is
Daphne and Delilah the Momma and Baby Monster by Rebecca Danger. Such a cute project. I made one set for my oldest son, David who is 3. He calls them Mommy Monster and David Monster. Now this one is a Daddy Monster with a Jack (his brother) Monster. Anything for the kids..
It’s interesting how we tend to knit primarily for people we love. There are so many beautiful patterns I have on my queue that I wish I had time to knit for myself but I always choose to knit everything for loved ones. Have you ever seen one of those Knit Picks mugs or tote bags with that “Knitting is love” design? It’s so true! But don’t we love ourselves too?? I feel happy for the people who do knit for themselves. I want to be like that one day. Especially when the project turns out absolutely stunning and beautiful with all that love put into it. You deserve it!!