Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Super Simple Knitting

There has been a lot of simple knitting going on at home, in the office and in the car.  I’ve been away a lot this summer, leading into the cooler fall weather.  Now it is time to “settle” as I tell the pups.  Travel, visitors, more travel, family events are fun and energizing, but there comes a moment when it all has to stop while I take a breath and just settle.  That time is now.

I finished the baby blanket which will be a shower gift from our daughter-in-law for the new baby boy coming to her niece and husband in December.  The whole time I was knitting on this blanket I was thinking of the pink blanket I knit and wrapped the new mother in when she was a baby herself.  I held her in Church and at family gatherings, and loved it because she was a quiet, calm little baby who smiled quickly and laughed often.  I wish her a son like that and hope she will think of me as she wraps her own baby boy in this blanket.

I finished a pair of socks because we all know that socks are required travel knitting.  I spent a lot of knitting time in the car on socks (and some on the blanket). These sock were the victim of second sock syndrome.  I had finished the first one months ago and couldn’t get back to them.  You know how it is—I couldn’t find the needles I used on the first sock,  what did I do with that cotton reinforcement thread, hmmmm where did I put that first sock so I can make sure this one matches in length, and so on.

I have started another pair of socks and promised myself not to fall prey to the demons of second sock syndrome.

Finally, my super simple knitting has spawned a bunch of fingerless mitts that are knit flat and seamed down the side.  Easy peasy mitts that allow for all sorts of designs and decorative stitches.  The thumb is knit right in the middle of the piece and seamed along with the sides.  I used this method because I wanted something mindless that I could knit even in the dark of a movie theater.  Works!

So that’s what I have been up to, along with the going and coming of the summer.  I’m looking forward to a quiet, tranquil winter… right after next weeks' visitors leave and the cataract surgery on January 21st.  Some things are never simple.

Life is good.


kathy b said...

Well first of all it is WOnderful to see you posting!
Then I must say that your baby blanket is a thing of beauty! It will be treasured. I'm so glad you pictured the mom and babe the whole time you knit it. So special Katherine.

Second sock syndrome hits here too. Im' using two abandoned socks as dust cloths because I wont ever knit the pair !

I love fingerless and yours are all so cute.

Cataracts...hmmmm. I may write you. I think I'm developing one in my right eye.....

Happy Everything! SO happy to see you post

Tired Teacher said...

Fabulous knits! The blanket will be cherished by the new Mom. I love that bright-colored sock and all the mitts. I need to cast on a pair of socks; it has been too long.

"Settling in" is what I've decided to do for the holidays. I was gone so much of the summer, and now, like you, I'm yearning to just settle in for the winter.

elns said...

It's good to "see" you! Such a beautiful blanket and blanket story. Very sweet.

And yes! Socks are required travel knitting. I seem to have the same "now where is that other sock how many did i knit there?" thing going on. It's okay. I'm happy with the sock knit. I'm also a huge fan of fingerless mitts. An excellent stash / scrap buster project if I do say so myself.

We will keep track of you this winter. Wishing you well for your cataract surgery.