Archive for March, 2007

Fingerless Gloves

I finally got around to finishing my fingerless gloves. I plan on keeping them in my knitting bag. I wanted them because when my hands get cold it really makes my arthritis ackee and not so nice to knit. I thought these would be just the ticket to take care of that problem. They will keep my hands warm with just enough of my fingers exposed to be able to knit. I know most of you are thinking this is an odd time of year to be making these, but here in Texas during the summer I often find myself in places that people get carried away with the AC. For some reason many businesses, churches, and the occasional home feel like you have walked into a fridge, and cold from the AC can cause me just as much arthritic discomfort as outside cold during the winter.
If you have arthritis or just think it would be cool to have some, here’s how I made them.
Using your preferred method of knitting in the round (DPs, one long circular, or two short circulars) With fingering sock weight yarn cast on 64 stitches on size one needles. Do a k2 p2 rib for approximately 28 rows. Then cast off 7 or 8 stitches  (this is for the thumb hole) Continue around then cast on the same number of stitches you cast off on the previous round. Continue until gloves are the desired length. Super duper easy!
This pattern is altered from a pattern a very nice lady from one of my internet groups gave to me. The pattern she gave me was meant for much thicker yarn and since I wanted to be able to use these year round I wanted to use the thinner sock yarn instead.  (plus it was a good excuse to use my special mothers day yarn I’ve been saving 🙂

A knitting group?

I might end up with a knitting group after all. When I was at the park today knitting with my friend. There was a woman there who was interested in learning to knit. She said she already knows how to crochet, but she has always wanted to learn to knit. I gave her a quick lesson and she said she was going to buy some needles to practice with. She wanted to know if my friend and I knitted regularly at the park, and we told her we were planing on it. I let her know she was welcome to join us, so I may end up with a knitting group after all. Yea!

I tought someone to knit!

I got to teach someone to knit on Tuesday. I started her on a garter stitch wash cloth. I’m so excited, because she seams to really love knitting! Wednesday after she got off work she came by the house so I could show her how to bind off. (take the knitting off the needles) Her stitches were actually really good, not much problem with her tension at all. I also didn’t see any holes in her work. The only real problem I could see was that she kept adding stitches, but that’s completely normal for someone who is just starting out. Considering this is her very first project I think she is doing fantastic. She is so excited and enthusiastic about knitting I have a feeling it wont be long before she catches up to me in knitting knowledge. She ‘s already wanting me to teach her how to do the more complicated color knitting! (I forget what it’s called, but it’s on my list of things I want to learn) I told her I can’t teach what I don’t know! I also told her I thought it best that she learned how to purl next. LOL!
I thought I would be able to show you guys the fingerless gloves today, but I find myself knitting wash cloths to give as a shower gift for a wedding we are going to this weekend. So fare I have two done. the first has a daffodil on it and the other has a frog. The one I’m working on now has a swan. I’m posting pictures of those instead. Usually when I scan something in, it shows up a little better, but I guess since it’s white it’s making it hard to see AND since I don’t know what colors there house is done in, all the cloths are going to be white. (sorry about that guys) Hopefully you will be able to make out the design though.

A happy trade

I received the jewelery that I traded a pair of hand knit socks for today. It’s so pretty! Exactly my style! I think she did a beautiful job.
She asked me if there was anything specific I would like and I told her I liked earth tones. Other than that I left it up to her. I told her to let her creative juices flow. Boy am I glad I did! We’ve never even met. We know each other through her mom. (that’s how she saw some of my knitting, because I had made a pair of socks for her mom.) How she managed to create something that was so in tune with my taste, I will never know, but she did, she really really did.
I’ve posted a picture of it so everyone can see.
It’s a necklace, bracelet, and a pair of earrings.

A lot of knitting time

I’ve had a lot of knitting time over the past few days. My nephew was down for the past three days and while he was here we spent it with my mother in-law. When I was there I was able to knit while I visited with her and I was able to complete my almost argyle socks and I’ve almost finished my fingerless glove things. I haven’t taken a picture of my socks yet, because as soon as I finished them I put them on and wore them. So there dirty right now. hehe As soon as I wash them I’ll post a picture.

Crochet Help

We have a lady who belongs to our church, but I had never met her before because she doesn’t go. She is in what I like to call a "mixed marriage" where she is one religion and her husband is another. Since her husbands church is closer, she has been attending his church. Even though she doesn’t come we still consider her a member of our church and feel she is still entitled to have all the benefits of being a member. That includes having visiting teachers and home teachers. I am one of her visiting teachers. We all have two who will go as partners to visit each sister we have been assigned at least once a month. The purpose of visiting teachers is for 1) fellowship (there are some sisters who are very isolated and very rarely have contact with people) 2) to check to see if there is some sort of need we can help with (most people are unwilling to admit when they need help, but when you go to someones home a lot of times if there is some sort of need you will be able to spot it. Some times it’s something as simple as giving a hand with house work for a sister who has been sick or something like a ride to the Dr or grocery store. Other times it’s a matter of organizing a work party to go to the persons house to do some sort of work or make some sort of repair that is needed but the person can’t do it themselves or afford to pay someone to do it. Then there are times that maybe the person needs food because they had to spend all there money on utilities and had little or nothing left for food. It’s a visiting teachers job to look for and try to spot these type of things. Home teachers and visiting teacher are also the people you are supposed to call anytime you need help or there is an emergency. It’s sort of a support system our church has set up.
Today I got a call from this lady. I could tell she was a little nervous when she called. I was afraid something was very wrong, and I was bracing myself to hear what it was. Turns out she wanted help with her crochet! LOL!
Last month was the first time I had been assigned to her so it was the first time I had been to her home. When I walked in I was thrilled to see that next to a comfortable recliner was a beautiful crochet afghan in progress, and her living room had several crochet items laying around. I told her how excited I was to meet another crafter. She was clearly shocked when I recognized that the afghan she was working on was called a mile a minute afghan, and you could tell she was pleased that I was enjoying myself so much.
The reason she called me was because I knew what kind of afghan that was. Turns out that piece was a work in progress being done by a lady’s son at her husbands church. The woman’s son had passed away and his mother asked her if she would complete it for her. She was able to look at what he had done and was able to figure out how to make the strips, but couldn’t figure out how she was supposed to connect the strips to each other. She thought maybe since I knew what it was, that I might know. Unfortunately I have never actually done that type of afghan my self so I’m not sure either, but since I have internet access, I told her I would do my best to get as much information as I could on that type of afghan and take it to her.
She was pretty happy about that. Since she doesn’t have internet and our public library only has ONE book on knitting. (I know I checked)

Knitting helps keep me sain

There has been a lot of stress at my house lately. First it was with my daughter. One of her teachers mistakenly told the state rep that my daughter was NOT dyslexic. My daughter IS dyslexic and because the teacher did that it caused many of my daughters rights to be taken away. So I had to get all that straightened out. Now my son has gotten into several fights at school over the past few weeks and this past week he was suspended for three days. Needless to say, my nerves have been on edge. I was thinking the other day how glad I was to have my knitting to help keep me calm. I make a point of knitting for half an hour every day. Normally what I do is I leave a half an hour early to pick the kids up from school. That way I get a good parking spot, it’s quiet, no dog barking, no TV, no tela marketers calling and bothering me. This is also the time of day my 5 year old normally takes his nap. (He’s usually asleep by the time we get to school) It’s a time of day I always look forward to. When the only thing I hear is the sounds of birds chirping, my sons breathing, and the click of my knitting needles.  (It’s relaxing me just thinking about it) hehe