Knit Till You Drop

With all the slashing and simplifying I’ve been doing lately I’ve had time to pick up old hobbies. My latest compulsion is knitting. I want to do it all the time. I’ve finally gotten up the gumption to try and learn something beyond the knitting of basic scarves that I learned in second grade in order to get a Brownie badge and surpass my Brownie nemesis as the reigning queen of all badgedom.

Last week I picked up a basic knitting book from the bargain piles at Barnes and Noble, the closest place to a crack den I’ll ever visit. It’s called Funky Chunky which makes Dan snortle and chortle like a wee boy of 14 every time he sees it and it’s actually a great little book.

With that book in hand and the help of the fine people in this video, whom I love passionately, I was able to persevere and make my first pair of mittens.

100% wool yarn chosen by Laylee.
Bamboo needles chosen by me because they’re warmer than metal and less icky than plastic.

Mittens modeled by the sweetest 5-year-old known to the family of man.

Magoo is next, then Dan and then maybe you. It depends on when the arthritis sets in. Sitting in a rocking chair and knitting without a care in the world is sweet y’all. You should try it.

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38 Responses to Knit Till You Drop

  1. Heffalump says:

    I used to try to knit ties…as in neckties…around jr high age. I haven’t knitted since then, but sometimes I wish I remembered how. Maybe someday.
    Those mittens are sweet…

  2. Tracey says:

    Those mittens rock!

  3. All Adither says:

    Nice work! I’m jonesin’ to knit a poncho for my girl right now.

  4. cornnut32 says:

    man. i wish i could knit. i’ve tried a few times but end up really frustrated and give up.

    i’m jealous. 🙂

  5. JD says:

    OH I like the colors! that makes me want to do something crafty!

  6. LisAway says:

    Those look terrific!! By those I mean the mittens and the girl. She’s so cute with those smiling cheeks!

  7. Faith says:

    Knitting is the next thing on my list of things to learn. Those mittens look great! I’m sure the first pair that I make will be misshapen and lumpy…

  8. Rebecca says:

    You have officially been promoted to My Hero. All you need to do is make pies and you will be Molly Mormon incarnate.

  9. jennifer says:

    The colors in the mittens are so beautiful. I wonder if I have any hidden knitting skills? You make it look so easy.

  10. sarah k. says:

    Darling, you are the queen of awesomeness and crafty talent. I just started knitting socks, something I’ve always avoided because they seem like they would take forever, what with the freaking tiny needles and skinny yarn. It turns out I was totally right.

  11. Liz says:

    I knit every night. My stash is exploding out of the huge basket that I have to hold it in!

    It is very relaxing to me. I used to think arthritis would be a problem too, but actually it’s the opposite! The constant use of your hands keeps your joints fluid, since your hands should be loose not tight!

    Keep it up! I thought I’d never get beyond scarves, but just finished my 6th pair of socks, and a sweet dinosaur hat for my son!

    Take care and happy knitting!

  12. Casey says:

    Gorgeous colorway and the finished mittens look adorable–‘course it could just be because the model is so darned cute!

    Knitting is totally therapeutic for me. And it’s cheaper than *real* therapy.

  13. Awesome Mom says:

    Those are soo cute!!! You did a great job. If you want access to a database with a ton of free patterns you should join Racelry. Knitting is so addictive and you get to have fun wearable tings when you are done.

      • Awesome Mom says:

        Ok I just noticed that I misspelled it, it is called Ravelry and can be found here:

        • Jill says:

          I was going to suggest Ravelry too. There is SO much there it can be a little overwhelming but it is such a fantastic source of knitting wisdom (and free patterns!) I’ve been knitting hats like a crazy woman this year. I need to buckle down and do some real sweaters! I love the mittens. I haven’t tryed knitting any of those yet! (Oh, and socks… I’ve tried… I have big feet.. those needles are very small… maybe someday…) If you need any help in town feel free to shoot me an email.

  14. Fawndear says:

    Laylee has the best taste in colors. Fabulous mittens!
    I so want to re-learn how to knit. I learned about 6 years ago and when I picked up the scarf that I half-finished last year, I couldn’t remember a blasted thing. To bad I didn’t learn as a kid.

  15. grammyelin says:

    No kidding, cutest 5 year old in the world! That kid is just fantastical in every way. I just love her…and she’s getting more and more fun to talk to on the phone. Can’t wait to be there in person and squinch her and Magoo all over the place! And the mittens are great – definitely worth the effort! Good job K!

  16. Crystal says:

    I just got into knitting myself a couple of years ago, so I can echo your sentiments! It’s fun and makes me feel so crafty. My problem now, like most knitters, is restraining myself from buying yarn until I have to eat it. 🙂 As said above, is helpful and fun, and I really like some of the patterns at because they’re cute and modern instead of old and frumpy. Way to develop your talents–I’m sure your grandmothers are proud!

    • There are way too many awesome yarns out there. I hear someone say, “I know of this great yarn store” and I say, “You’d better not tell me about it. Okay tell me.”

  17. Kage says:

    Cool. Please consider donating a few items to the Love Scarf Project this year! Yippee for knitting!…instead of eating trader joes chocolate cereal while you watch season 2 of Ugly Betty on DVD….oh wait, that’s me…

  18. Mary says:

    Oh how I love to knit. Now that it’s fall, I should get going on something. Those mittens look great! Good job! The yarn is so cute! (And so is the mitten model)

    A great knitting project that only had me calling my pro knitter of a sister is called “The Wonderful Wallaby” which is a pattern for simple hoodie sweaters from kids to adults. If I made it, pretty much anyone could. It’s adorable and fairly fast. You should try it 🙂

  19. Those mittens are darling! My grandma taught me how to knit when I was little, but I haven’t in years. She made my girls some mittens two years ago. Handmade mittens are so special!

  20. michele says:

    Love the Mittens!!! Just wondering if there’s any special reason your blog was not included on “blogs we love” on the parenting site?

  21. Annette says:

    I love finding someone else who knits! It’s addicting and relaxing all rolled together.

  22. Emmilee says:

    I’m really digging crochet right now. I could never knit loosely enough to not get aching fingers–but I could crochet FOREVER.

    You want something really addictive? Do a Google Image search for “amigurumi”.

  23. KYouell says:

    I started knitting a shrug to keep me warm while nursing my son. Hmm. The last time I worked on that project was when he had his first heart surgery in 4/06. I know I packed it up with me when we moved because knitting and quilting were the only hobbies I allowed myself to pack. His little sister is almost weaned so I hadn’t bothered to unpack it, but it’s cold here today and I may just want some extra sleeves even if I’m not nursing. I’m gonna at least get that thing unpacked today!

  24. Very cool. I have that same yarn, but all I ever make is hats. I’d love to make mittens.

  25. Sketchy says:

    Well, I just finished a speed racer coat entirely designed by me and lined so that he can wear it as an actual coat after Halloween…what brownie badge to I win?

    I can’t say I was blissed out during the process though.

  26. Fabulous mittens! You’re so talented! Knitting has always intimidated me for some reason…..

  27. Merrie Lou says:

    Hey, I remember those brownie days…. and the girl guides. Good times with the owls! Your mom always had great camp songs! I must have not earned that knitting badge though, cause I don’t recall learning how. I do remember my mom teaching me to crochet though. Great mitts! I should get me a pattern and learn to knit, cause I love mittens. 🙂 Perhaps I’ll become a brownie leader one day.

  28. cheetah says:

    I just started in the summer, but I’ve postponed it already.

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