Thursday, February 3, 2011

Knitting Winter Away

When its cold outside and the wind is howling do you tend to pick up your knitting needles? The repetitive action of knitting can be a contemplative practice that is both calming and distracting from the normal hustle. I like that it is a homesteading activity that was done as a necessity by previous generations so it gives continuity to humanity. I knitted as a child some but took it up again when I found myself sitting for with long periods watching my children's various activites. It's a good way to pass the time when sitting at soccer practice, horse riding, music lessons, supervising a play date or other kid oriented activites. My kids are older now so I don't often find my self watching so many events anymore. Although there is still wrestling, soccer and band.

I enjoy quick knitting projects so I find myself often knitting washcloths. They also partner well with the handcrafted soaps I make and can be sold together. The one shown above is one of my favorite patterns and is often called Grandmothers Favorite discloth on many websites. Nice cotton yarn is easy to find for these washcloths but I was excited recently to find this bamboo yarn shown above. My next project is a pair of socks and I've recently bought some wool and silk yarn for them. I might actually get to it if the cold and snow continues. Do you have knitting projects you are working on?


Michelle said...

Had my first night of knitting lessons yesterday. I can now cast on and knit. Perl is next. I love it... so far. I can't wait to make something recognizable. LOL!

Anne-Marie said...

You are so right, knitting can be such a calming activity. And it's so rewarding when you finish your project! I haven't been able to do as much as I'd like lately but I'm sure I'll pick it up again sometime down the road =)

Cindy said...

Great fun Michelle! If you can knit, you can perl. Let me know what you make first.

Cindy said...

A-M, it does get hard to find the time to knit, but it sounds like you might have those times of sitting around watching your child to come so you could be knitting more soon.

Donna Maria @ Indie Business said...

I love to knit! I spent many happy hours knitting before I had kids. I also like cross stitching. Now that my kids are in school, I have a bit more time to pick up needles again. Lately, I've had trouble making that happen because all of the projects I want to do require a lot of time. But this little wash cloth seems like just the ticket. I can whip one up in a few hours. Thank you for sharing the idea!

Cindy said...

Donna Marie,
there are websites where you can find lots of simple washcloth instructions! They are fun to do in just a couple hours - also nice to take your mind off all those projects sometimes :-).


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