What I am Knitting Today

What I am Knitting Today

It is teacher present time of year. Last year, I waited until the last week and had to knit 8 wash cloths (ok…I didn’t have to…) during the busiest time of the school year.

This year I wised up a bit. First of all, I started earlier to relieve some stress. Secondly, I am only doing one wash cloth (ok…maybe two…) per teacher, albeit with fancier patterns. I will go to a local store called Sage and Cedar to buy rough cut soaps to go with them.

This pattern is called “Scottish Fleet Square“. I am using Lily Sugar n’ Cream, and the colorway is Denim.

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What I am Knitting Today

What I am Knitting Today

Yes, I jumped on the fingerless mittens bandwagon today.

Even though this is my first attempt at something like this, I realized that it really isn’t that hard…I should probably try full mittens or gloves. But I have a feeling gloves would require a lot of kitchener stitch, which, quite frankly, I don’t do very well. (Don’t look at the toes of those baby socks too closely, Marisa!)

These will be for my acupuncturist, Melissa, whether she wants them or not. She has such a wonderful soul, and I want to thank her for bringing some pain relief, better sleep and relaxation to my life. She is traveling to Nepal next month to participate in a World Healing Exchange, working with locals and Tibetan refugees. I was trying to think of something that might be useful for her in the mountains there. I will tell her if she doesn’t want them then she should give them to someone in Nepal who might need something of that sort.

The pattern is called Yak’s Fingerless Mitts (fitting, perhaps).  I used Lion Brand Homespun, colorway Edwardian.

What I Knit Today

I stayed home from work today.  I’ve had a headache for days, so I decided to give myself some TLC to see if I can kick it.

One of the teachers at my school just came back from maternity leave, and I had yet to make her something for her new baby girl.  When she had her baby, I was already woefully behind in my Christmas knitting.  After spending a few days trying to decide what to make, I decided to try to replicate one of the little bear ear hats I have seen on Ravelry.

I wanted to use the pink Bernat Pipsqueak yarn I had bought last year when I first started knitting; I still have a bunch of it because it isn’t very easy to work with, especially for a newbie.  It is hard to see the stitches, and the fluff gets everywhere!  Still, the resulting fabric is incredibly soft and cuddly.

I’m not terribly impressed with how this turned out.  My decreases look lumpy–I had to modify the CO because I didn’t have the right needle size for the pattern I was loosely following.  I am not good at guesstimating that sort of thing.  I’m pretty sure the attached ears are uneven.   It looks like it may be a little too big, as well.  When I laid out the hat to take a picture, it looked decidedly like a pink Kermit the Frog.

My colleague is going to get it anyway. I will make it up to her with something else–something I can actually knit with some skill!

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pink kermit

The Knitting Club

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Some of my stash yarn

After winter break, I started a knitting club at the high school during lunch. Some of my students laughed at me, some said (patronizingly), “Oh! That’s soooo cute”, and exactly one person came to me with any interest. That’s ok…great things often start small, right? Anyway, I will call her Knitter Zero (because we are about to have an outbreak of knitting!!) until I get her permission, as well as her mom’s, to use her first name.

KZ arrived with all of her grandma’s knitting needles. How exciting! My grandma gave me all of her old needles, too. Since I have only been knitting for a year, I wondered, briefly, as she walked in the door, if I even knew how to teach her to knit (little late, I suppose). We started with a slip knot (for some reason, it took me forever to figure out a slipknot…I know…silly) and a very basic cast on–just the thumb loop one. I taught her how to do the knit stitch, and instructed her to practice that over the weekend. I was in the process of finishing a Sashay Scarf, and she liked that, so I told her I would teach her how to make one the following week if she brought in some ribbon yarn.

When she came back next week, she showed me her stitches, and then showed me her own finished Sashay Scarf. I think someone has caught the knitting bug! And isn’t YouTube fantastic? You can learn pretty much anything…it is how I taught myself how to knit, and KZ used it to teach herself how to make the scarf. Anyhow, since then, KZ has made good progress on a garter stitch scarf. Her first attempt made a scarf wider than she wanted, and I think I convinced her that as awesome as her work was, she would be happier if she frogged it and made it the way she wanted to (and probably, even with the redo, she would be knitting many fewer stitches overall). Next she made a hat for her mom using this pattern, already working in the round, and only coming to me once in a panic…she had changed colors and accidentally started knitting with the tail from a different row (we’ve all done that, right?). I helped her navigate to safer waters, and it turned out very nicely. I’m ridiculously proud of her. I can’t wait to see what she chooses for her next project.

Last week (week 4 of the Knitting Club), a new member joined! I taught Tiffany (I have the proper permissions to use her name) the same way as I taught KZ and she says I will be impressed with her work on Friday. This week I will teach her to purl, and hopefully she will bring her first project idea with her. I told both girls to sign up for Ravelry…hands down, the best place to find patterns.

I am knitting with the girls…still finishing Christmas presents (STILL!) But yesterday, one of my students sweetly asked if I would make him a hat. I told him to pick a pattern and he chose this one. Now he just needs to tell me what color.

I am genuinely excited about The Knitting Club. We may only have three members, but it is a solid foundation and soon all high school students will flock (you know, like sheep…sheep with wool…like we knit with? Ha!) to the club. They will discover the great pleasure that comes from creating something from a ball of yarn. Seriously, I have some ideas I’d like to see realized, such as knitting beanies for soldiers and snuggly caps for chemotherapy patients.

What do you think? Can we make knitting a “Thing” at the high school?

Do you have any ideas for my fledgling club?

By the way, I went a little parentheses-crazy…sorry about that!