Friday, April 22, 2011

A Ravelry Posting of One of My Patterns

I just logged onto Ravelry and had a wonderful surprise.  A fellow knitter made her own version of my stripped kitchen rug.  The thrill of seeing someone complete a pattern I wrote is exhilarating.  I am so proud.  It is fun to see it in other colors and see someone else’s interpretation of a concept I created.  My patterns have been favorited and queued, but this is the first project someone has taken the time to post.  Thank you fellow raveler.  If you have completed any of the patterns I have posted, please share!  I would love to hear what you thought of the pattern.  Check out the second ever Stripped Kitchen Rug.
I am enjoying it!  

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Simple Joy of the Garter Stitch Scarf

I have a wonderful yellow cabled sweater that I adore.  I enjoyed knitting it, sliding the stitch markers as I followed the pattern repeat and carefully working with my cable needle to create a masterpiece.  I wear my sweater with pride and receive plenty of compliments when I take it out for a spin.  I’ve made sweaters, skirts, dresses and toys for my children.  The patterns range from relatively easy to complex and from patterns I’ve written myself to patterns pulled from my favorite books, magazines and on-line sources.  As much as I enjoy these projects, I always have a simple garter stitch scarf on a set of my knitting needles.  It is the project I can throw in my purse and take anywhere.  Never too bulky to take out and about with me, the scarf never requires me to remember what stitch should come next or what row I have just completed.  It doesn’t require a pattern, my adored stitch markers or paper and pen to keep track of my progress.  It doesn’t require a great deal or sometimes any thought at all to click off the stitches.  One size fits all; it is gender neutral (color of course may change this), and everyone can use one.  If you are like many knitters the garter stitch scarf is likely the first project you completed; it may be how you learned to knit.  By changing the yarn, width and length you have almost limitless possibilities in your finished product. Almost of all of my family members and friends have received or will receive a simple garter stitch scarf from me as a gift at some point.  While I enjoy the challenges a new complex pattern presents and enjoy the challenge of learning new knitting techniques, the garter stitch scarf will always have a special place in my heart and on my knitting needles. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wrapped in Love

Wrapped in Love

You pick up the needles and a wonderful lucious yarn and begin to click away as you create a masterpiece for a beloved friend or family member.  What thoughts go through your head?  I think about the person for whom I am making the gift.   Two years ago I made my children blankets for Christmas.  I picked colors that represented them and adjusted the size for each of them based on their age and height.  They sleep under those blankets everynight and call them their “Mommy Blankets.”  When I tuck them in at night I feel they are wrapped in a hug from me.  I had made items for others before these blankets, and I enjoyed thinking about the indivudal recepient as I made the gift.  With the blankets, however, I had the joy of not only thinking about my children as I made the gifts, but I see the warm glow on their faces as I wrap them in love with a hug from me every night.