Saturday, November 1, 2008

By Request

So, a reader asked what I carry my yarn around in. When I'm going to and from work, I generally carry my project du jour in my backpack.

Handy, this. I can also stuff my lunchbox, the book I'm reading, and various other items in this and it doesn't really get in my way.

However, I also use tote bags if all I'm carrying is knitting. Typically, this means I'm headed to the coffeeshop for a couple hours of people-watching, chatting, and knitting. Some of my bags have knitting themes...

...and some do not.

Today, I headed out to a social lunch event, and decided that I need something small that I could fit in my jacket pocket, so I started on the second transit sock (as I've chosen to call that purple-and-green wonder in my previous post).

However, after the lunch to-do, I went to a friend's birthday coffee. (Why aren't there more birthday coffees? Coffee is a major vice for me...better than cake...when I turn 31 next summer, perhaps there will be a birthday coffee celebration). Anyway, this particular friend recently had a child. I had considered whipping out a quick hat for the babe, but never really got around to it. But B (the friend having the birthday) asked me if I would do her a huge favor and knit a hat for her child. "We don't have any hats for him yet. We're not ready for winter. I was going to knit one, but J [her husband] won't let me, because I still have that scarf that I started two years ago and haven't finished yet."

To be clear, I don't understand the concept of someone else not allowing you to knit a project. Even if there are other unfinished projects around. Perhaps if that someone else controlled the purse strings, and the project in question required an expensive amount of yarn. However, hats for babies generally don't require a lot of yarn. And I'm fairly sure that B is in charge of the family finances, because she is an accountant by trade.

However, that is not the point. The point is that the child needs a hat, and I don't mind knitting for children, provided that the knitting doesn't ultimately lead to being responsible for the children. And really, as soon as she mentioned the idea, my mind was already working through yarns in my stash and patterns that could work. So, at this point, I've got this.

I haven't had the opportunity to do anything on double-pointed needles (DPNs) lately, and this is kinda fun, if for no other reason that it looks really bad-ass, though it's not at all complicated. I'm also double-stranding, which simply means I'm knitting two strands of yarn from two separate balls at a time, instead of the standard one strand, one yarn deal that encompasses most knitting. All this means is that the hat is going to be a bit thicker than one might expect.

The yarn I'm using is Sugar-n-Cream, an inexpensive 100% cotton. I prefer cotton for children because there's no issue of itchy wool, and there's no risk of accidentally discovering that the child is allergic to wool by causing a giant rash on their head. Plus, it holds up in the washing machine better than most wools (gentle cycle, of course).

The little dude from The Nightmare Before Christmas came into my possession at a Halloween party I attended last weekend. I'm not really sure why he's in these pictures, but he is becoming something of a mascot, so I think I may use him for that purpose. He's also a pen-light, which I'm sure will be useful at some point. If I'm sitting at my desk in the dark, anyway.

1 comment:

UK Christine =^..^= said...

Ha! This sounds like my hubby (Andy) he is always telling me not to start new projects but of course I don't listen. I have SO many different things going at one time.. anything from knitting, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, etc... of course also have different projects within each category, meaning I may have two different items that I am knitting or a few different cross stitch patterns started! In the end it is just about doing what you feel like doing at that moment. :)

Love the little dude by the way, he will make a great mascot!