Hi there, here I am again! Youpi! I´m on schedule! And so excited to be back into blogging. In fact, I´m so happy to be blogging again that I´m in the process of launching a second blog which will be dedicated to my cattery and my adventures as a new breeder. When it is ready I will of course share that with you so if any of you are also interested in cats you can follow there as well.
Knitting for others is a big issue and knitters can discuss this at length. Most of us, if not all, have an opinion about this. I think that maybe new knitters are more open to knitting for others.
After being a knitter for a few decades I have a sort of unwritten/unofficial rule. I do not knit on commission that is I do not knit to sell my finished items. I did sell years ago but not to individuals but to shops who would purchase my items and then resell. That was interesting and I sold both crochet baby softies in a baby shop and traditional Icelandic handknits using Icelandic Lopi in a number of souvenir shops in Iceland.
I have never sold here in France because I have come to realize that the general public is usually not willing to pay a correct price for a handknit item. Most do not realize the price of the wool nor the time required to make the item. So best not to go down that road.
So I knit for myself and those I find knit worthy – family members, friends or others I encounter in life and want feel would appreciate my handknits.
Most of my family loves my handknits and so I get to gift socks, shawls, hats and mitts on a regular basis.
This December I was surprised when one of my elderly neighbors asked if I would be willing to sell her a few pairs of handknit socks she wanted to gift for Christmas. As this is a very dear person I of course accepted. I gifted her a few pairs for herself and then she chose 3 pairs to purchase. Seeing how appreciated my work is always warms my heart. A little later her husband asked if I would be willing to knit him a pair of socks and I of course said yes again.
He had a special request. I wanted knee high socks to wear in boots when gardening. I rarely knit knee high socks. I looked on line and in my sock books. I started two times. The first time I started from the cuff and as I was maybe 10 cm in he tried it on and it was too large so I ripped back and started again and chose a different pattern.
I was just making it up as I went and wanted to knit a colorwork to get a double layer sock for extra warmth. But this time I wasn´t happy with the motif/pattern I chose. It was a checkerboard pattern in black and white. So again I stopped and ripped back.
But it was getting cold and so I had to make some progress. I ended up stash diving and doing something totally different. I chose an old Opal skein in dark green and some left over beige yarn of unknown origin and started on a toe up sock. I also chose to knit them two at a time using magic loop to be sure they were identical in length and to avoid second sock syndrome!
I had hoped to finish before Christmas but that did not work out. I have now finished his socks and hope to give them to him this week.
I´m quite happy with the result. They did take forever to knit and they look huge! I know the foot fits because he tried them on when I was a few cm past the heel. He has thin calves so I´m hoping they will go up to the knees without an issue! A little nerve wrecking I admit. I will let you know when he has tried them on.
I also wanted to knit something for his wife, now that I know she enjoys handknits. And there is my other neighbor who is going through cancer treatment. I had gifted her a shawl when she went through her first treatment a couple of years ago and I know she uses that a lot. And so I thought it was time for a second shawl for her.
I had purchased the Knitwent ebook from Helen of Curious Handmade and there I found the perfect shawl.
I chose to knit the Tidings shawl by Helen https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tidings-shawl
I decided to knit two, one for each neighbor and I chose Drops Alaska for the yarn. I wanted a durable, warm and economical option and I´m very happy with the results.
The shawls are HUGE. the top is larger than my wingspan so I´m guessing around 2 m long! And this is a thick, Aran type yarn so should be very warm too.
So now I just need to find the time to visit the neighbors and hopefully they will enjoy their handknits:)
I´m so happy to have these 3 items off my needles. I´m currently working on the following and will share info about those in a future blog post.
That´s it for this week. Thank you for checking in on me and sharing my adventures. I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead. Stay safe!