So since the title of my blog is "The Knitty Gritty" I decided to write a little about knitting. I started knitting 3 years ago just when I was in the beginning stages of CFS. I needed a stress relieving hobby. I knew that stress was making my health worse. I signed up for a basic class and started my very first scarf. My first project was a simple scarf, all done in garter stitch. I was immediately addicted. I loved how I could curl up, relax and knit. My husband's lazy boy chair quickly became my knitting chair. Sorry honey! After that first project, I learned how to purl. I believe my third project was a baby sweater for my niece Ruby and so I learned how to do shaping. After that it was a blur of projects where I learned how to knit cables (so easy!), seed stitch (not my favorite), knit a herringbone pattern (hurt my hands), and I recently even learned how to finish a sweater and put it together myself! I clearly fell in love with knitting. I used to knit one project at a time when I first started. Now I think I have 3-5 projects going at a time. It's crunch time where I'm frantically trying to finish Christmas presents. Yesterday I spent 4 hours in the knitting store doing the finishing a ballerina wrap sweater for my niece, Lucia. Even though it's exhausting to be in the store for that long, it's also fun. I love chatting with other knitters and I like having the support!
This is a cable baby blanket that I knit for my sister's baby shower gift. At the time, we didn't know if she was having a girl or boy, so I stuck with a neutral color. I loved this cable pattern.
I love knitting projects for people. Seeing a picture of my other niece, Ruby, in her sweater dress or my nephew, Otis, in his striped sweater makes me so happy. I recently even taught Otis how to knit! It's so much more special to give someone a gift that you have made. And with this illness where I can easily focus on what I can't do, I like to feel productive with knitting projects. It's nice to know I'm capable of creating beautiful sweaters, scarves, hats, ponchos, and blankets for people I love. (and for myself too ;)
This is a cable infinity scarf that I knit for myself last year! I absolutely love it! The best part about knitting is when people ask you, "Where did you buy that?"