I was thrilled when my Aunt told me she was bringing me some yarn but I had no idea how much. I’m excited to start thinking about things to knit or crochet. Any ideas? Comment and tell me what you think I should make!
With a few weddings approaching quickly I headed to the store in search of a thick yarn. Lion Brand’s Homespun Thick & Quick was may choice, super bulky (6) weight and oh so soft. I did had a dilemma however as I stood in the store staring at the pile of yarn skeins . I didn’t know how much to buy. So knowing I hate running short I bought eight skeins. Yes, I bought too much because it only took three skeins to complete the blanket. And the best news, it only took about 6 hours to knit.
My inspiration for this project was Lion Brand’s pattern “6 Hour Afghan.” Instead of using 4 strands lighter weight Homespun yarn I used the super bulky weight and saved a boat load of money. Love it! Their pattern was also knitted in stockinette but I really like the way the garter stitch I used gives texture. Click here for your FREE copy of my Easy Knit Blanket Pattern.
What do you do for a quick and easy gift for wedding, graduation or birthday?
I love it when people ask me what is on my knitting needles today. I usually have a couple of projects going at the same time: one large project and one small project. Socks are my typical small project, however today I have a cowl on my needles and my large project really is not on needles. It is a cardigan which is complete except sewing on the pockets, buttons and knitting the optional Festive Fur collar. Unfortunately I am not happy with the body length. It is really a jacket but seems too short even though I added an 1″ to the length. It looks great on the mannequin but God made me with a long torso. What do you think I should do? I am considering a peplum.
I was asked not so long ago, “how many pairs of socks have you made?” I honestly didn’t know the answer. I started to knit again after putting my needles down for over a decade. It was all prompted by the ice storm of Dec. 2006. Our part of the country was hit with a devastating storm. We were without electricity for a couple of days but others were in the dark for a week or more. Fortunately our house had a wood fireplace and we all gathered in the “hearth room” to stay warm. As boredom set in I decided to trek up to the attic and pull out all my stashed yarn and needles. I helped the girls learn to knit over the next several hours and we were hooked, or should I say needled. Actually, we all like to crochet too.
After the storm, I started investigating projects to knit. I kept seeing sock patterns everywhere I turned and decided I would take on the challenge. You see, I had never made socks before. I had never used such tiny yarn and I had no understanding of double-pointed needles. Thanks to the Internet and all the helpful web sites and videos available, my first socks turned out ok. I knew they weren’t perfect but they were wearable, woolly and warm. On to my next pair to improve my technique. I found myself knitting while watching tv in the evening and they were easy to travel with so my knitting bag went everywhere I went. My first socks took about a month to make. As time passed I could get a pair done in 2 weeks if I was diligent and the pattern was simple.
After 6 years of knitting socks, I would guestimate that I have made 30+ pairs. I wear them almost every day in the winter and my feet never get cold (most are made out of wool yarn). My favorite pair is made from a colorful variegated lace yarn by Poems. The pattern I used is Spring Forward by Linda Welch. They are in the picture above on the right end.
Have you ever knitted socks?