Ova’s Got A Brand New Bag

One of the things I always do when I visit Ova is take her shopping. So what could be more natural than to crochet her a pretty reusable shopping bag?! I found the free pattern on Ravelry.com. It’s called Spiral Motif String Bag by LisaJedi Gwinner

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The bag works up quickly and is really pretty. I used Tsc Classic Elite Light cotton in Deep Lavendar. It actually is a beautiful blue to my eyes! Anyway, the description above is linked to Alpaca Direct, my favorite online yarn source, and the prices are awesome. You will need 2skeins. Give it a go!

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Knitting with Rasta

DoesΒ anyone ever really use these huge needles?

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I’ve considered that question more than once myself. Being partial to slick metal knitting needles with fine tips that slip like buttered whispers around my yarn, these huge broom handle sticks have not garnered much respect from me. That is until now. Now I am yearning to use them more and more please. Β Why? you ask. All because of a yarn which I have been trying to get my eager mitts on for 5 years now…Malabrigo Rasta. My friend Kelley handed me a sample skein of it 2 weeks ago and instructed me to make something with it. Oh the joy of creating with that super chunky yarn! My middle son was in the hospital the first week of my possession and working with my ball of Rasta kept me focused on something other than worry as I worked on knitting this soft, cushy collar cowl pattern

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The next week found me traveling to the beach to see my Ova Mae and help her lay in groceries and dry goods for the winter. In the evening while Ova regaled me with stories from her girlhood, I relaxed and knit away on this velvety soft cowl.

I finished and bound off however I am not happy with my bind off and need to re-do it. This week I will find just the right buttons and get it all wrapped up. (best laid plans and all that). We’ll see what Omar has to say πŸ™‚ I will post a picture of the finished cowl when it is ready.

Happy Knitting!!!

Maria

Sheep in my hair

Here is my completed “I love my sheep hat” hat.

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It’s a little small. Next time I will add 10-20 stitches to my cast on. Each pattern repeat is 10 sts. And that might make all the difference…we’ll see.
This one is going to my favorite little lady, Ova Mae. She’s 93 and from Montana. The sheep will be right at home on her head πŸ˜‰
Off to bed now.
Maria

Just Post Already!

I’ve been fussing and stewing over this post…telling self “You really need to get this posted” about every hour. Being new to blogging and wanting desperately to be perfect in every way causes my thoughts to jumble and my confidence to crumble. Really, the entire point of beginning this blog is to encourage my writing. To get the white space dirty. To risk looking like a fool and living through it. Again. So. Whew. Now that I’ve got THAT out of my system, let me share what I’m working on this week.

It’s called “I Love My Sheep Hat” by Hjerte GO’H design.

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You can purchase it on Ravelry here

I am knitting it using Berroco Ultra Alpaca in a heathered red and off white. I’m also using ChiaoGoo Knit Red Lace circulars. I love love LOVE these circs! They are smooth, sharp, and the cable has no memory. A dream to knit with for about $8 each at Alpaca Direct
This is my hat so far:

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I haven’t done color work for awhile. I forgot just how very much I enjoy it. Knitting with a different color in each hand, a little red here..a touch of white there..and soon a picture begins to emerge. It’s magical! Besides, what could be more fun than fat fluffy sheep dancing ’round your head πŸ™‚

Enjoy!
Maria

The Company of Women

Driving home from knitting group tonight, I marveled again at the camaraderie I have with this group of women. It has not always been so…
I grew up an outcast. From my schoolmates & peers, from my family, and ultimately from myself. Ah, but that is a story for another day.
My point is this, fiber artists seem to be a special breed. Like the material we work with, we are largely a warm and fuzzy lot. We reach out to share our craft and embrace anyone who shows the least bit of interest. We spend hours, weeks, even months pondering the person(s) whom we are currently knitting for, investing ourselves in even the simplest gift. We gather every week and cluck about our lives. We share stories like sisters. We laugh until tears wet our cheeks. Is it any wonder this community is where I finally found “home”?!
If you are not part of a group or if you tried one and it just didn’t “fit”, I urge you to find another. Or start one of your own! The blessings you will reap will astound you.
Do you belong to a group like mine? I would love to hear your stories!
And now this happy girl is off to bed πŸ™‚
Good night fellow yarnies ~ Maria

“I knit the aft…

“I knit the afternoon away. I knit reasons for Elijah to come back. I knit apologies for Emma. I knit angry knots and slipped stitches for every mistake I ever made, and I knit wet, swollen stitches that look awful. I knit the sun down.
-Laurie Halse Anderson, Wintergirls

The quote resonates with me…

It’s richly layered text tickles my imagination and sets off a tug-of-war within my fingers. Do I knit? Or, do I write!?

I hope to entice your imagination as I do BOTH here on KnitWhit.