I love to knit. Give me an invigorating skein of yarn, a pair of wood needles and a fun pattern, and no drive is too long, no extra-curricular activity too mind-numbing. (Provided I’m not the one driving, or my child in the spectator seat isn’t needling me to entertain her because she’s bored.) One of my girlfriends once said, “I wish I felt free to bring my knitting into the church service. I could concentrate on the sermon so much better if my hands had something to do.” I think many of us who love the craft would concur with that sentiment when we find ourselves having to sit somewhere, idle for too long. Oh, the rows we could have logged in that amount of time!
I fell into the art of knitting at random, if you ask me, though the idea had intrigued me for years. At some point soon after I graduated college, my grandmother gave me her mother’s array of knitting needles, my mom supplied me with your basic “Learn to Knit” pamphlet, and I was off and running. I don’t even remember having conversations about wanting to learn, but I suppose I must have needed something to do with my free time now that school work was out of the way.
My first project—a baby blanket—was a flop. Then again, most first projects are; do I hear an “Amen”? Over the ensuing decade and a half, I have since made umpteen successful baby blankets for cousins, girlfriends and my own two girls; when knitting all those rectangles became too tedious, I switched to knitting stuffed animals. I’ve knitted hats, mittens, and scarves; ponchos and sweaters (when my girls were little and one skein went a long way), and a few years ago I finally tackled the daunting Cabled Riding Jacket by Teva Durham as a gift for…myself! But my favorite things to knit, by far, are projects that I later felt in the washing machine and sweater tops for my BJD, Ellowyne Wilde. Below is my latest sweater from one of Becky Colvin’s pattern using Patons super fine yarn.
For more fun knitting patterns for Ellowyne Wilde and other BJDs, you’ll want to visit Becky Colvin’s website, http://www.sew-coolseparates.com/dollclothing/. She’s an incredibly talented knitter and seamstress! Kudos, as well, to sites like Ravelry.com, which provides thousands of patterns (some free, some not) for people like me who typically grow bored after knitting the same thing more than once.
So what’s a girl to do to fuel her passion for knitting when clothes and accessories fail to inspire?
Try needle felting, of course!