I never thought I would have so many lessons learned from knitting three pairs of fingerless gloves.
1. Knitting (and other crafting) for others is just as rewarding (if not more) than knitting for yourself. Knowing others enjoy what I’ve made for them makes me smile.
2. I was always hesitant to “waste” pattern stitches on black yarn. This mini cable still has great texture and definition on this dark yarn. I’ll never doubt that again.
3. Bartering is just as good as selling an item in some cases. Knitting is just one of those things that it’s hard to get full value for your project because it’s so labor intensive. And good yarn doesn’t always come cheap! You really have to keep projects small and fast to make it worthwhile if you are going the financial route. Or not! If you have a true love for knitting and the money doesn’t matter as much, then that is okay too!
4. I have a love/hate relationship with variegated yarn. I love the colors, but hate how some of the color transitions are either too short or too long. You really have to study the yarn and swatch (I know, *groan*) to see if it’s perfect for your project.
5. What is the point of a glove with no fingers? Uhhh, now I know! These are actually WARM and they serve a purpose. I recently read a comment on FB that said “There is a special place in hell for people who wear fingerless gloves.” I mean if you have to be in a cold place where you need to keep your fingers free, say, like a photographer, or in my frigid basement trying to use a computer, why would you not want to warm up as much skin as possible and keep the cold air from going up your sleeves? Oh well, I am officially team fingerless gloves!
I had a slip-up with my challenge. While I’m having no problems working from my current craft books, I did slip in a spring fabric and pattern purchase. Oops! I should make sure I incorporate those items in my crafty plans this year.
This month, for the Craft Book challenge entry, I finished up a project that I had worked on for a while based on a square found in Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs. I didn’t follow the instructions given for linking them since I did more of a triangle shape that I sized as I went along. I used Size 3 cotton crochet thread (warm teal and copper mist) and added beads to the edges for weight and fun. All that work trying to get a decent picture and I managed to only capture the reverse side of the shawl.
And two other things for Thursday…
How cute is this? I must have this fabric!
There is nothing like a good ole’ sweet orange! I once went on a snowboarding trip to Vermont and when I returned my friends/family asked about the trip. I remarked “Vermont has THE best oranges!”. At a small market near our lodging, our group picked up this super huge bag of oranges. I faintly remember orange, black, and gold packing. Let me say, those oranges were the best damn oranges on the planet! We tried looking for that supplier/brand again and never found them. If you are in Vermont and have an orange tree in your back yard, please do share! 😉
I always seem to gravitate toward the dresses and tops that have ruffles. They are fun, flirty and I just love them! The ruffles on it are exactly why this dress called to me. The magazine shows the dress as ankle length on the model, but sadly I do not have enough fabric to make that long. Let’s hope I still think it’s cute.
**ETA What was I thinking? I don’t have enough to make ANY dress with that fabric! A top/blouse it is, I guess.