Sunday, December 20, 2009

It goes on & on & on....

My little sister (Isn't she beautiful?!) asked for a scarf this Christmas. I didn't want to just give her any old scarf! I wanted to do something that was different and well, to be honest, a scarf didn't take very long. We only had a few short weeks until we were flying down to have our early Christmas with my family in Phoenix and my schedule was already packed! Here comes the mobius! Casting onto size 19 needles and using bulky yarn makes not only a beautiful, thick, fluffy piece that looks like you purchased it in one of the hippest stores but also only takes a short amount of time to knit! I used the seed stitch which is probably my favorite! It looks so organic and different. I am working on my 3rd mobius now! They are also very versatile in how to wear them! Around your shoulders, over your head, just letting it hang around the neck. The possibilities are endless! Ah, mobius. You are a new favorite project.

Holiday Knitting...Tips for non-knitters.

Yes. The dreaded 2 words you knitters love to hate: Holiday. Knitting.
Since I really got into knitting (read: could make more than a scarf) I have tried to give most family and close friends a knitted present for Christmas. Hand picked (hopefully local) yarn, hand picked pattern, and hand made with love. Will the non-knitter even understand the blood, sweat and tears (ok, maybe a little dramatic...haha) that went into their gift? No this isn't JUST a pair of fingerless gloves. No that isn't JUST a hat. It was customized for you and not JUST bought at H&M (love you H&M)! So here I am...a knitter...on my knees begging you! If you ever receive a hand knitted item just know that it is way better than a random purchase and you should wear it with pride!
Tips for non-knitters getting a present from a knitter:
1- Make sure to wear it at least once in front of the person. I have given gifts that, in my mind, have never seen the light of day just because it was never worn around me.
2- If it doesn't honest! Knitters like to be spot on with sizing and we will gladly fix it. If not gladly we will scream behind closed doors as to not alarm you.
3- Know that if we took the time to knit you a gift that you are truly loved! Feel the love. Think of that hat as a constant warm loving hug from us whenever you wear it.
4- If the knitter sells or blogs or even just tweets keep their site address or email contact in mind for when people give you nice comments on your piece! Its another way to say a little "Thank you!" to the giver.

Ok now, go forth! Knit holiday gifts for all your loved ones! Be so excited when you get these gifts!

Oh yea. Feel the woolly love.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2010 & the newly finished!

My goal for 2010 is to open a little shop online to
sell some knitted items. I feel like knitting is my favorite way of clearing my head and relaxing. Now
let's just see if I can fit knitting for profit into my life.
I think I am ready. Bring it on, 2010!

(Photo: Slouchy hat knitted by me & completed 12/1/09)