Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Repairing my Mom's afghan

 I've started work on repairing this afghan my mom knitted.  I'm not sure of when she made it, just that it was my favorite thing to be under if I was sick or very cold.  I suspect very early 70's at the latest, and more likely the 60's.  I'm pretty sure she used a synthetic or synthetic blend fiber, as it has been through the washer and dryer probably close to a hundred times.

I've had it in my possession since the 80's and am a little ashamed of how far I let it deteriorate.  I knew how to do the most basics of knitting, but didn't knit, and it was always on my list of things to do when it started getting holes in the center of some of the flowers and then splitting on some of the seams.  After it passed into my daughter's possession it only got worse until I finally stole it back with the intention of finally mending it.  Strangly enough, I found some supersaver yarn that seems to match the pink extremely well, and the gray is only off enough to see if you hunt hard for it.
I've seamed up the 3 pink squares on this shot already and I'm pretty happy with the results.  I'm using a crochet hook and kind of ladder stitching it back together and it closely resembles the original.
It's parts like this one that have me worried.  I've got double pointed needles and a gizmo called a knook that might help, along with a very close to the original pattern.

Friday, February 8, 2013

wrist warmers

This has been a nice little project to take to my job as a nights shift home health nurse.  It is my first knitting project with double pointed needles and I was very proud of how fast my technique improved from the first warmer to the second.  The first one had a definite and noticeable ridge where the stitches changed needles, the second blends nicely.  I am excited because this means I can move on to socks and mittens!  Scarves bore the heck out of me.  How many dishcloths can I make? (Lots, I'm telling you).

The pattern came out of knitsimple magazine, and it IS pretty darn simple.  I believe I can learn to knit without pattens faster than I can learn to sew without patterns, as I grew up with sewing patterns but I'm learning knitting as an adult.  I don't mind buying a pattern for something involved, but easy stuff like this?? 

I have a circular needle and a bulky ball of yarn in the bag for when this is done.  It's a very good hobby to prevent sleep in my occupation, with the bonus of having something to show for it when I'm done.  More than I could say for farmville (yeah, I was one of those) and angry birds.