Knitting and Crochet Week Day 4: A Knitter for All Seasons 3KCBWDAY4

What to knit for spring.  I sort of wrote about this dilemma a few weeks ago, but I have since completed a pretty lace scarf and have decided to start knitting a spring sweater.
Let me introduce you to Bob.  Bob showed up as a pattern in Knitty’s Spring 2003 edition and I found the pattern actually on Ravelry.  I really only knit my gauge swatch and a few rows last night, so I don’t have much to show for it at this point, but that is how I sort of solved my warm weather knitting dilemma.
Still, more on that dilemma.  Looking back last year, I did a lot of small projects, such as hats.  I also got a big jump on my Christmas knitting.  I know it’s silly to start thinking about the holidays while the weather is warm, but, hey, if you’ve got the time, might as well.  That’s one way to deal with warmer weather and what to knit.
Back to Bob.  Bob is going to be in an aqua blue color and not knit in the recommended yarn, but rather in the much more affordable for me Lion Brand Cotton Ease.  The gauge swatch matched.  Bob’s recommended yarn is Rowan’s version of a cotton blend, but that’s a bit out of my price range right now. 
This is also a great time to enhance your skills.  Why not take a class at your LYS?  They would also have plenty of great warm weather patterns for you, too.
My advice to you about warm weather knitting?  Keep it small, prepare for the holiday onslaught, and enhance your skill set.

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012: Knitting Heroes 3KCBWDAY3

When I was about eight years old, my grandmother cast on a set of stitches and taught me to purl.  It did not go well.  After a few tries, I gave up.
I also asked Grandma to knit me an afghan.  Knowing what I know now, I was asking her to take on a HUGE job.  Still, she did it, and I still have that afghan today.
Fast forward to October of 2010.  I bought a kit and some yarn and learned to knit.  Little did I know, I was rekindling a family tradition.
My two knitting heroes are my grandmother, Miriam Gottlieb, and her mother, Jenny Keller.  These were wonderful gentle women who loved creating beautiful things.  I miss my grandmother greatly, and I never got to know my great-grandmother. 
Let’s start with Great-Grandma Keller.  From what my aunts tell me, this woman was a rockstar knitter.  She would knit argyle socks with the thinnest of yarns.  I also understand she was a gentle and loving woman who cared for her family. 
Her legacy in me?  I love knitting socks, and I hope to do argyles in her honor one day.  I wish I would’ve been able to meet her, talk to her about knitting and to thank her for instilling her values in the rest of my family. 
Grandma Gottlieb was a woman of many talents, besides knitting, but that’s what I’m going to focus on.  She was an afghan knitting queen.  And I’m not talking just garter stitch here, people.  I’m talking lace, tassels, chevrons, the works.  Every bed and sofa in her house had an afghan.  She would also knit sweaters. 
I remember going through supplies when I was little and being fascinated by her brightly colored and eye-catching yarn.  Grandma was also an acrylic goddess.  That’s what all her afghans were knitted out of. 
She also used wool a lot, especially for sweaters.  I inherited one of her wool sweaters from one of my aunts.  It was a gray cabled sweater.  I loved wearing it.  And I love wool today.
I miss my grandmother so much.  She passed away from cancer in 1996.  She is one of the reasons why I knit chemotherapy hats for cancer patients. 
Her legacy in me?  Where do I begin?!  Besides also raising a wonderful family, she was one of the most stable and loving people I’ve ever had in my life.  And I knit her memory.
My aunts often tell me that both of these women would have been proud of me, as they both are.  That makes me feel wonderful and happy that I’m rekindling a family tradition. 
I’m going to stop before I cry now.

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2012 3KCBWDAY1: Color Lovers

I have a very distinct taste in colors, but when I look through my stash, I see all colors.  Some I have purchased myself, some I’ve found, some have been given to me.

Two colors seem to dominate my stash and projects, though, and that would be blue and green.  I’ve even inadvertently bought skeins and balls that have been very similar to each other at different times.  For example, take a look at the two Liberty Wool hat and the Knit Picks Chroma WIP that were purchased at different times and yet are similar. 

Knit Picks
Plymouth Wool

See what I mean?  And these shades of blue and green dominate my work.  Always that bright green with sky blue, aqua, and a dash of yellow.

I’m not sure what it is about these colors.  Perhaps it is the way they make me feel.  There is something comforting in these hues.  Besides complimenting each other in the color wheel, they are also found together in nature:  green grass, blue sky, yellow sun.  They are the ideal colors for my ideal sunny day.

These are colors that I love.  And I feel like they love me back.  I wear them, I knit with them, I enjoy them.  They make me feel good about myself and the world around me.