Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Knit Unto Others

As you know, most of my knitting is for myself. I'd like to think that I'm not selfish in general, but I am with my knitting. I guess I want to know that the final product will fit, will be useful, and will be appreciated. And if I make it for myself, then I know that it will be! I do get urges, though, to make gifts. A couple of Christmases ago, I did some marathon knitting and made something for just about everyone in my extended family. It was very gratifying, but I decided not to bunch it up like that again. So this year, I am trying to make things as gifts throughout the year, aiming for birthdays.

Henrietta went to my Grandmother, who really loved it! For my mom, I made a Flutter Scarf that I think is a nice accent to all the black & white in her wardrobe.

For more info on this FO, see Ravelry or the gallery.

I've got another gift on the needles. I am working on a cardigan for my husband, a la Jared Flood's Big Blue.

This will only be the second thing I've ever made for him. The first was a simple k3p3 ribbed scarf.

I think this was made from Reynold's Odyssey, but I'm not sure because it was one of my first projects and that was before I knew to keep track of such things. He likes it. He just doesn't wear it. We live in the South and he is just one of those people who never feel really cold. It doesn't occur to him to use a scarf (the only time he ever really wore scarves was when he lived in England). But the man does wear light jackets, so maybe the new sweater will get some use!

I have some other ideas going too but haven't cast on yet. I have 2 dress designs for my 3-year-old swirling around in my head, and an illusion scarf idea for the 9-year-old as well. And when I saw this hobby horse, I just knew I have to make it eventually.


  1. I really can't wait to see the sweater for your husband! And the Hobby Horse is so cute- I had not seen that pattern yet. It would be PERFECT my nephew for Christmas.

  2. I know what you mean- I tend to knit for myself, and gift very few items. It's not to be selfish, but not everyone fully understand the time it takes to knit something, and I'd be hurt if they didn't love it madly. AS for your gorgeous gifts, I'm not surprised that they are so well received- just brilliant projects!!

    - Julie

  3. I love this beautiful red scarf!

  4. Oh, I can't wait to see that book! Thanks for sharing!
    As for being selfish - why waste your time, money, and skills where they aren't wanted or appreciated? That's not selfish, just good common sense.

  5. I love that brown tweed yarn. I think it's perfect for "big blue" ...hmmm we might have to change the name to "big brown" now :)