Knitted Gifts

Knitted gifts. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: they’re really fun to receive. But while I’m still (and may always be) a slow, inefficient and clumsy knitter, I’ve been enjoying knitting again lately with the idea of giving gifts to those I love. I decided to challenge myself a bit by taking on a more complicated pattern than I’ve ever attempted. I wanted to make a shawl for my recently widowed grandmother as a Mother’s Day gift and I settled on a pattern called In the Land of Oz.  My Mammaw looks stunning in purple, so I ordered this Malabrigo Lace in the color Jacinto.

 

Gorgeous.  Malabrigo Lace is 100% Baby Merino and exceedingly soft.  It knits up into a tissue-soft fabric that is light, flowy (not a real word, but it can be just for today, right?) and elegant. I’ve knit with it only once before and it’s by far my favorite project and my favorite yarn.  It’s a Palm Fronds scarf:

 

 

But, back to the project at hand.  I decided that for this dainty wool, it would be a good idea to have a satin-lined project bag to help keep the yarn from felting as it spins inside the bag.  I made this is matching colors so that once the project is complete, I can actually gift her the shawl in the bag and she can use it to store the delicate shawl when she’s not wearing it.

 

 

My progress so far:

 

 

As you can see, I’ve got a long way to go before it’s completed.  I went ahead and confessed to Mammaw the fact that it will most likely not be finished in time for Mother’s Day delivery.  I’ve gotta be realistic.  I wish I could spend hours each day knitting, but that whole educating-my-children things just keeps getting in the way.  Have I mentioned we’ve been homeschooling this school year?  We have.  More on that in another post.

Anyway, Mammaw has seen the yarn, the bag and just the first couple of inches of the project just after I started it.  Being the precious, selfless, humble woman she is, she got flustered and said, “Now why in the world would you spend that kind of time on this old woman??”  Mammaw is magic.  That’s why.

I’ve also knitting up a little something for another special lady for Mother’s Day, but I won’t be posting details because she occasionally checks in on my blog.

Hi, Mom.

Ahem.  Moving on.

Okay.

So, back to the whole receiving knitted gifts thing:  It makes me giddy.  I feel so loved and super duper special when I am gifted something hand-knitted.

“Super duper” is Elliott’s phrase of the month.  Use it.  It makes life seem less stressful if you just proudly throw it into adult conversation.  Ignore the blank stares or raised brows you may get in return.  They’re just jealous.

I’m all over the place today, aren’t I?

So, where was I?

Right.

So, my friend Emily of Haramis Knits is a knitting master.  She made me these gorgeous fingerless mitts and showed that she ‘gets’ me and the colors that I’m drawn to.  Thank you, Emily. (Check out the goodies in her Etsy shop while you’ve got knitting on the brain.)

 

 

 

Another knitter from our little group is Gina.  I recently went through a hair-related identity crisis where I refused to get my hair cut or colored and instead, chose to wear a knitted hat every day.  For months this went on and in that time, my girls supported me by supplying me with all styles of handmade hats.  Gina made me this one and I love the pattern and color (betcha didn’t know I love green, huh?) so much.

 

 

And then there’s Susan.  Susan has recently given up knitting in favor of becoming a dyer, so instead of a knitted gift, she has given me some of the yarn that’s she dyed.  The colors are stunning, aren’t they? Now to decide what it shall become…

 

 

So, for the time being, knitting has taken front and center in my crafting life.  Sewing will always be a part of me, though, and I’m brainstorming to come up with more fun, new tutorials for you.  If you have any suggestions or requests, be sure to let me know!

Have a super duper day!

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