Appreciated Knits

As knitters, we all know that giving away your hand knit items does not guarantee they will be appreciated. I personally like giving my knitting to others because, if I keep it for myself, whenever I pick it up I just think of all the time and effort that went into creating the item. It makes me less likely to actually use whatever it is because I’m so worried I will damage my hard work. The thing is though, handknits are meant to be used. That may mean the occasional snagged stitch or stain. Especially for baby items.

When my (now former) coworker told me he and his wife were expecting their first child, I knit up a sweater and hat for them. Once little Miles arrived, I began to see the hat I knit for him popping up in various baby pictures. Unfortunately, the hat was too big and, since it is the coldest part of winter, I knit up a simple hat to send to him.

After the hat arrived, the Dad sent me the obligatory “here’s my baby in the hat you sent” picture. It actually fit and was super cute. Since then though, I have seen the hat in several pictures that have shown up on Twitter and Facebook from the parents. Baby Miles seems to be sporting my little hat for so many of his outings.

So when I had an absolutely terrible day yesterday, I noticed a post in my Twitter feed with a picture of that sweet little baby in my hat. It really made me smile to realize that the little hat I sent down and pour hours of my life into is really getting used. It is out there keeping that charming little head warm and that was such a great feeling.

Of course, that now means I have to knit all kinds of things for Miles now that I realize his parents will really appreciate them. Luckily, that is no hardship.


Nifty Gifties

The lovely Aisling from my knitting group surprised me on Tuesday with two awesome graduation gifts. The first being a hank of her handspun (the color is Flannel Shirt). The second was a ball of some super soft and squishy silk/wool blend fiber. It’s so nice I want to save it for once I have gained some spinning skills and won’t mangle it.

I don’t have a project planned for the yarn quite yet so I’ve just been admiring it since Tuesday. Perhaps a hat…

Thank you, Aisling!

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A Yarn Bouquet Only a Mother Could Love

I put together the yarn bouquet for my Mom and gave it to her on Mother’s Day. When I first put it together I wasn’t crazy about how it came out, but luckily I had some fake greenery sitting around. Once I added that it looked much more bouquet like.

The yarn is Cascade 220 Superwash. I didn’t take down the colors but, as you can see, it’s four kinds of purple. It may be Amethyst, Wisteria, Periwinkle, and Light Iris. The stems are ChiaoGoo straight needles.

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I enjoyed how much the yarn bouquet echoed the real bouquet I got my grandmother.

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Modeling the new hat

Modeling the new hat

Yesterday I got to take the rainbow hat I made over to Toni for her kids. I had intended the hat for Roman, but knew it came out a little big. Luckily, it does fit him if the brim is rolled over, so that’s fantastic. The plus side is that the hat also fits his big sister, Anya, and she loved it. She even proclaimed “cute hat” when she saw it and then amused herself by taking it on and off and putting it on the baby. Toni was really excited about it as well. It’s always great to give a handmade gift to someone who really appreciates it.


The pictures were the best I could do with her wiggling and eating, but I think the blurry one is rather charming.

Attempting to feed crackers to the cat

Attempting to feed crackers to the cat