Can you guess I’ve been knitting? We will have to blame my mum for this.
Hello everyone, how are you? It has been warm here. We did get a bit of rain, but not really enough. When you think about how much rain they are getting north of here, like in New South Wales and Queensland, it is disappointing that they are hogging all the water. Okay, I know they would love to share it, and no one wants flooding. Still, it has seemed that everyone has been getting lots of rain, except for where I live. It has been a pretty dry summer here in my part of the world.
What is happening in Ukraine with Russia invading, I’m not going to lie, it scares the hell out of me. I am so worried that Putin will press some buttons and the nukes will go flying. I have never understood the whole reasoning behind nuclear weapons. Once the buttons are pushed, the war is over, and so is mankind pretty much. We live near an army base so we hope there is a target there. We have decided that we would rather die in the nuclear strike than have to try to survive in a nuclear wasteland. So fingers crossed those buttons don’t get pushed.
Anyway, I thought today I would share what I’ve been up to since Christmas. It isn’t all I’ve been doing, but when I have some spare time I’ve been knitting.
I learned to knit when I was a kid. I have no memory of learning, and it often feels like I’ve been knitting my whole life. Of course, that isn’t true, but I don’t remember when my mum taught me.
It is something that I sort of do on and off. I enjoy it, but then I get bored put the needles away, and don’t do anything for a few years. In this case, it has been around 10 years.
Now, my mum was down at Christmas and she brought out some knitting. She doesn’t knit often anymore either. She is more of a quilter.
She was knitting a baby’s blanket. I thought it was weird, as there are no babies for the blanket. She told me she was knitting them for a charity that gives the blankets to premature babies in hospital. I thought it sounded like a great idea. So I started as well.
For my wool, I chose cotton because I thought less chance for allergies. I’m allergic to wool and cannot wear it, so maybe some babies are the same. As I have two cats, did I tell you we got another one? Anyway, I knitted them inside pillowcases to help stop the cat hair.
I committed to four of them. Here is what I did.
They turned out okay. I still have to sew in the ends, but that won’t take long. I might still do one more, I’m undecided right now.
I enjoyed doing them so much I decided that perhaps I could do more knitting.
I had quite a bit of wool leftover so it seemed like a good idea to use it.
I don’t want to knit jumpers, so I thought with winter coming that I could get knitting some beanies.
I had a bit of hit and miss with buying patterns online. Two of the ones I purchased just didn’t make sense with how you were meant to knit them. Mainly the part where you are doing the crown of the beanie. One beanie just didn’t work, but a couple of the others worked by using part of another pattern.
The only way to make those ones work was by doing the same as the following one at the crown.
After all these experiences with buying patterns online I ended up getting some pattern books for beanies. They have been so much better. The following was from the first book I got.
So from that I’ve tried knitting Dave a beanie and some fingerless gloves. The room he works in at home can be a bit cold in winter so he likes wearing these sorts of things to help keep him warm.
I’ve never knitted fingerless gloves before. They were fiddly, but definitely not as hard as I thought they would be. I think I might knit some more, maybe for me.
The second book I got I knitted this from it.
I haven’t finished my knitting kick yet. I know I will knit more beanies and perhaps the fingerless gloves. Though I don’t know how many we need.
I did have a thought about this and found another charity that accepts knitted and crocheted garments to give to homeless people or people who have fallen on hard times. I have to say I love that idea. We give away a fair bit of money each year to charities, but this is a way to give and keep me busy too.
It is a nice idea, though I don’t know how many I will do. You never know how long I will keep knitting. Often something else gets in the way, or my hands end up hurting too much and I can’t do it anymore. I guess I will see. There have been a lot of jumpers started and never finised. My mum has ended up finishing a lot for me.
Do you have a hobby like this? Can you knit? What do you knit?