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Knitting In the Wild

knitting socks on break at work

Over the last few months, I’ve had a number of projects that one might consider ‘knitting in the wild’ or knitting in a public space. I remember hearing once that there was some kind of stigma about knitting or crocheting in public, but I have not personally experienced this.

Most of the time, when I’m working on something while in public, I’ll catch the odd interested glance from an adult or the awestruck stare from a child or teen. They all appear to think my chosen form of craft is pretty darn cool!

Knitting in public has been a great conversation starter with strangers in the airport, the park, a parking lot, the grocery store and more! People just really want to know what you’re making and they all seem to think it’s magic.

I’ll let you in on a secret… knitting IS, in fact, magic. 😉

One of the first difficult projects I attempted was a stuffed facehugger from the Alien movies that I was knitting up as a gift for a friend. I cast on while on a flight to Pittsburgh in 2019 and worked on it a little as I had spare time during the trip. Turns out that as soon as you finish knitting up the body, you need to stuff it! And I had no stuffing.

After scouring a number of gift shops in the terminal, I came across a stuffed pumpkin in a candy store that was in the discount bin because it had gotten chocolate spilled on him. Poor thing! And his story was only going to get worse… I purchased that cute little pumpkin and then immediately tore him open to get to the stuffing inside!

I’ve since used up all his stuffing, but I turned him inside out and sent him through the wash so that I keep using him as a handy stuffing container when I’m knitting out and about. 😀

Since the day I started carrying my knitting with me, I’ve worked on a number of different projects, but I’ve discovered that the easiest things to knit in public are socks and washcloths. They knit up pretty quickly and aren’t too complicated, if I need to pause mid-project, and they are small enough to tote around.

Do you knit in public?
What’s your favorite project to take with you?

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Knittering #5 | First Adult Socks

NothingButKnit’s shared one of her sock projects in her Sock It To Me Monday post and they looked so good that I knew I had to attempt adult-sized socks… again.

I’ve been trying to knit my sister a pair of socks for nearly a year now, but I just can’t seem to get the patter to jive in my brain. It’s the Toe Up Socks pattern by Haalu and… I just can’t knit them. Maybe it’s the pattern, maybe it’s the yarn I bought, but it’s definitely been relegated to the unfinished projects bin.

Now, the Slip-It Simple Socks on the other hand have been an absolute breeze! They are knit cuff down, like my Micro-Preemie socks, and it’s easy to get into a rhythm when working on them. I knit these socks mostly while doing other things, like being in meetings or watching movies/television.

This pattern is SO easy to follow!

As for the yarn? Well, it’s a vacation yarn, which is to say that I purchased a skein of this amazingly soft, light grey yarn while on a trip back home to Wisconsin. It was really easy to work with and only occasionally did I have trouble with the strands wanting to unwind themselves (is that the right term?).

Sock number one…


Sock number two…


And, here we have the completed pair. Apologies for the subpar picture of them, I have not been able to find a sock blocker that I like… it’s on my list. 😀

One completed pair of socks, ready to be gifted to whoever’s feet fit them… Cinderella style!


Supplies:

Pattern: Slip It Simple Sock by Christine Long Derks
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Sock Yarn in a discontinued color 5697. This yarn was purchased at the Brownstone Centre in Bayfield, WI in November 2019.
Needles: Loops & Threads Size 1 – 7″ double points & Signature Needle Arts Size 1 – 9″ circular needles

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Knittering #4 | National Craft Month

I learned this year that March is National Craft Month, which I think is pretty cool. Started back in 1994 to encourage people to learn new crafts and get back into crafting as a hobby, National Craft Month can be celebrated in any way that you like!

I chose to celebrate by knitting. Yes, yes, I know you’re surprised to hear that, lol, but here are the projects that I worked on for #NationalCraftMonth

One franken-micro-sock, because I ran out of one yarn and finished with another. I really loved working with the grey yarn and might need to see if I can buy another skein or two. 😛

Baby blanket, completed, blocked and delivered to recipient.

Washcloths, as part of a mystery knit-along on Facebook. I ended up making four of them, the pattern was so easy and relaxing!

Knit a pair of socks for my mother, my first adult-sized socks, and turns out I made them too small. Guess that guarantees that I’ll get to work on at least one more pair, lol.

I’ve actually got an entire post coming, dedicated to my first venture into sock knitting, so keep an eye out for that!

Finished some finger-less gloves for my sister. She picked out the yarn and, of course, it was full of purples!

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Knittering #3 | Artist’s glove

A friend of mine is an artist and asked if there was any way that I could make a glove for his pinky that would help with his work.

So, I went digging…

It took a fair bit of my Google-fu, because I had no idea what such a thing was called, but I eventually discovered a free pattern for an “artist’s glove” on Ravelry.

Because I’d never even seen this pattern before, this project took me about four hours to complete. From making a gauge to figuring out which of my needles worked best with this yarn to binding off, it was an adventure and a half.

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Knittering #2 | American made knitting needles

American made needles have been one of the most difficult things for me to find as a relatively new knitter.

It seems as if every one of the big name brands like ChiaoGoo (made in China), Lykke (made in Nepal), Knitter’s Pride (made in India), and HiyaHiya (which are also made in China, I believe) are made abroad. While there is nothing inherently wrong with that, it’s really quite nice to be able to find and support domestic products when you can.

Herein lies the problem: it is VERY difficult to find knitting supplies made in North America! Not a single one of the Local Yarn Stores that I’ve visited carries American-made knitting supplies, though I’m trying to order a set of needles… hoping they’ll be able to accommodate this request.

So I started researching, doing a little online sleuthing as it were, and here are five brands that I found. As of writing this blog post, I’m sad to say that I haven’t had the chance to purchase any of these, but I hope to get some in the future and share my experience with them.

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Knittering #1 | Micro-preemie socks

My mother is a Registered Nurse who works in a local Neonatal ICU as one of their Head Nurses. It is a very busy unit, one of the busiest in the hospital, and requires specialized care be given to the patients. About a year ago, she asked if I could make socks for the micro-preemie babies in the unit and I thought to myself, “Why not?” After all, you’re not really a knitter until you’ve knit a sock. 😛

What is a micro-preemie, you ask? Well, in my mom’s NICU, a micro-preemie is a baby born between 23 to 26.6 weeks gestational age. For reference, a full term pregnancy lasts 39 to 40+ weeks.

These premature infants are not able to regulate their own temperature. Their brains, eyes, lungs, and other vital organs are not developmentally mature. It takes a tremendous amount of skill and dedication by nurses and love from parents to help these infants be discharged home.

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