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For the love of Yarn

I started Knitting about four years ago.  I first learned to crochet from my grandmother and after two years, I was ready to try something new, something that had seemingly endless possibilities.  I started browsing the web searching for knitting and found tons of information.  However, the most helpful tool of all turned out to be YouTube.  It’s amazing what you can find on there, including videos on how to knit.  That’s how I learned and how I continue to learn.

Why do I knit?  I enjoy the feel of good quality yarn, all the colors and all the combinations of garment, pattern, and stitch.  You can create a sweaters, hats, gloves….anything!  I love the sense of accomplishment after I have finished creating something.  While I enjoy modifying patterns or attempting to make my own (although I’m still very much a novice at this), I don’t have the time to indulge myself at present, so I turn to Ravelry (www.ravelry.com) and Knitty (www.knitty.com)  for most of my inspiration.  Furthermore, there is something meditative, cleansing, about losing yourself in a project.  I find that when I’m stressed or have a lot on mind, knitting (as well as other crafts, but mostly knitting) help to clear my head and refocus my perspective back to the present.

It seems that there has been a recent spike of people having babies, myself included.  Not only does it seem that a large number of my friends on Facebook have recently had a baby or are having one this year, but I’ve been noticing an increase in baby/parenting related ads, TV shows, and pregnant women.  At any rate, all of this baby bombardment has given me the itch to knit cute baby clothes.

My recent projects have all been baby related, so I thought I’d share some pictures of the results.

Here are the fruits of my most recent knitting projects:

My sister commissioned me for this project: a pair of baby janes for her best friend who is having a baby girl.

I had extra yarn from the baby janes, so of course I had to make a matching hat! It's a bit squatter than a normal hat because I started running out of yarn, so I increased the number of decreases toward the top. However, I think it still has a nice shape and should fit just fine.

I made this for my 10-month, almost 11-month old son. I used acrylic yarn, which I never do, but I wanted something that I wouldn't mind if it got dirty and that I could machine wash. It's a good fit for him and oh-so-cute on.

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