a brief discussion on being knitworthy
Hey everyone and welcome to this week's blog. I will talk about the topic of who is knitworthy, my latest cast on and my Techumseh sweater progress in WIP Wednesday and some exciting bits of daily life in C'est la vie.
I know the topic of who is knitworthy can be a tough one, since everyone has different criteria to determine the knitworthiness of an individual. The end of 2015/ beginning of 2016 marked the beginning of my journey into knitting for others. But, what makes someone knitworthy? I have learned that a big part in making something for someone else is to keep their aesthetic in mind. For example, I know that my Granny loves thick sweaters, simple socks, shawls of all weights, snug hats and thick mittens, and as long as I knit something that fits her style, she will wear and adore it. As a new knitter I gifted so many hats one year and have seen two of them actually worn. I incorrectly and selfishly assumed that since I gifted a person with something that I made, they would automatically wear it. Now, I have realized that if I look to a person's individual style and make something that fits in with what I see them wear, chances are they will wear it. I never want something I gift to someone to ever make the person to feel obligated to wear it. That is not my intention as I knit an item. When I am knitting for someone, I am thinking of them every time I pick up the project and isn't that what really makes someone knitworthy. I am putting love in every stitch of whatever item I am making and then gifting that love in the form of a shawl or a sock or a hat or a sweater or a stuffed animal or a baby blanket. My love for the recipient automatically makes them knitworthy.
It's a new week and I have frogged a project since we last spoke and cast-on a new one. Let's start with the knitting fail. I mentioned last week that I had cast-on and knit exactly two rows on my second sock. I knew I needed some mindless travel knitting so I sat down one day when I was feeling better and tried to switch the sock from the magic loop method over to DPNs. It did not work. I tried to cast the sock on about 5 more times before I finally gave up completely. I was twisting stitches, knitting with the tail of my cast-on, dropping stitches as I was casting on, and messing up the ribbing. Basically if there was a mistake to be made in starting a project I made it, twice. I knew that I just needed to walk away from the whole sock project and come back later. However, I still had the issue of needing portable knitting. I called my Granny who has a birthday coming up in mid- March and asked her if she needed new socks or a new shawl and she told me that she really wanted another hat just like the one I made her for Christmas. I knit her a Barley hat by TinCanKnits. I dyed up some yarn (a new colorway coming soon to Yarnithology) and cast on her hat. Luckily for me and my knitting sanity, I was able to cast on the hat without any major issues.
I am also still working on my Tecumseh sweater body. I finished the last color-work repeat and have less than an inch before I start the ribbing. It was a busy weekend so my Granny's hat got most of my knitting time.
C'est la vie
We are finally feeling better. Friday, February 21, was the Mardi Gras parade at Amélie's school. Saturday morning we woke up and went to our favorite coffee shop for breakfast. It felt so nice to be out of the house after being sick for a week. My parent's kept the girls for a few hours Saturday afternoon so Kevin and I could go out to celebrate my birthday. We grabbed a late lunch, walked around downtown and went to my favorite antique shop. After our day-date we came back home and had a movie night with the girls. It was hard to do too much to celebrate my birthday because it happened to fall on Mardi Gras this year and parades are not our thing. Sunday morning we joined some friends on a hike around a local nature station and spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine in the park.
I decided that I wanted to go to the zoo with the kids for my birthday so Tuesday morning we met up with some friends and explored the zoo.
We spent the rest of the day hanging out with friends. We had a pot of gumbo on the stove and friends would come and go as their schedules allowed. It was one of the most relaxed birthday's I have had in a while. When I woke up that morning I was given my birthday present from the girls which was a box of local chocolate and some more Harry Potter pop vinyls to add to my collection. (Amélie started gifting me HP pop vinyls last year and she wants to keep it up so she's starting that tradition.)
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