Category Archives: Knitting, general
This should have been funnier than it was. I mean, it’s tongue-in-cheek, but so on-target that I laughed nervously and slipped back into the happy land known as “DeNial”. Anyway, this site is a hoot. Especially the “emergency knitting needles” known to non-knitters as “pencils”.
I’ve begun a prayer shawl for a friend at church who’s going through some extremely difficult health issues. What I’m finding is that, although I’m deliberately and specificially praying as I knit this particular project for this young woman, I see that there’s an element of prayer that goes into each knitted gift anyway. The slow and rhythmic movement lends itself to reflection and simple prayer, even if it’s no more than “knit 5, purl 5…I hope she’s going to get through… oh, purl 5, the next week ok…” It may not be the same as quietly meditating, eyes closed, Bible in hand, yet, I know that I’m being heard, and stopping to think about my friend and keep her at the forefront of my thoughts is a blessing in itself, for myself as well as her.
Before this project, I considered getting a few done just in case someone got sick or sad, but now I think I won’t. I want the person and their situation to be what I’m thinking about as I knit for them. Most of you who have made prayer shawls before probably already understood this, but I’m having an “aha” moment myself.
Anyway, I’m using some Yarn Bee “Itali” in white, burgundy, red, pink, and orange, held with a strand of white Simply Soft. My friend is Laotian and I thought the colors would be cheerful and look good with her beautiful dark hair. It was also very inexpensive and will be washable. The Italia is usually $6-7 a ball, and I got it on sale for $2, so it was cheaper than the Homespun I’d planned to use. It is so soft and cuddly. I think it will feel quite nice around the shoulders. It reminds me of those fluffy Gund stuffed animals my daughter used to cuddle with at bedtime.
Ok, I’m pretty happy with this one. In about half an hour I fashioned this cat bed from a wool sweater I found at the Goodwill.
Our faithful Kitty (eight years we’ve had this cat and we still haven’t named the poor thing) lives outside, mostly sleeping on the woodpile we keep in the screened in back porch (he created his own kitty-door/hole-in-the-screen a couple of years ago — DH was thrilled, of course) and it’s been pretty cold at night lately and I was worried about him keeping warm.
After I felted the sweater, I used the sleeves to make the rounded circle and used some batting I had left over from another project to stuff them. I blanket stitched with some old acrylic yarn to create a “channel” for the circle of stuffing and stitched up all holes. Kitty is warm and cozy and I feel very thrifty and creative. Everyone is happy (well, maybe not DH, but what can I say? He is just not a cat person).
It’s like Kitty is being hugged!
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It’s not knitting, but this is what an older gentleman and his wife brought by the shop one day. His wife is an artist and draws the pictures on canvas, then Bob uses 100 % wool yarns to hook the rug, rather than the traditional wool felt strips. They were embarking on a new rug, a mockingbird against a backdrop of purple irises (Tennessee’s state bird and flower), and I was lucky enough to be there when they stopped in for more yarn. Julia is one of the other ladies who also works part-time at the shop. She has a background steeped in textiles ( she teaches a color theory class), and she happened to be there as well and offered to help them pick out yarn. I was enchanted by the process by which she chose the color options. Having very little formal art education in my background, I’m now quite intrigued by the idea of color “tension” and other terms I’d never heard of. I was just an interested spectator, but it was memorable. I must know more!
I’m looking forward to Tuesday. It’s not to late to join us in the sheep shawl adventure. Just let me know you’re interested and I’ll add your name to the roll. I’ll open it up to participating knitters to post as we go.
And if you’re the “joiner” type, check out this new site that lists LOTS of KALs for your consideration. What a great idea.