The idea of knitting has been a romantic one for me. I so often see others knitting, relaxed and calm in their craft. The reality for me, however, was nothing of the sort. I first tried knitting when my oldest was three years old. I wanted to learn how to knit in case he wanted to try in a a few years. I did knit, but I didn’t enjoy it.
I tried again last year when my then five year old daughter wanted to try her hand at knitting. Her interest was short-lived, and as I still didn’t enjoy it, I put down my knitting needles after churning out a few hats and scarves for my family. Last month, in a conversation about knitting, I shared my romantic ideas and teh fact that I was very much a product knitter. As I sat there knitting, I would imagine how I could easily have drafted a pattern, cut out the pieces, and sewn the completed project. Knitting wasn’t for me.
As the end of 2010 came closer, I decided to give knitting another chance in an attempt to slow down and relax. After all, the third time holds the charm. Amazingly enough, that held true. I began to enjoy knitting. I sat down with yarn and knitting needles with no project in mind.
After that, I sought to knit cozies for our cell phones and Garmins. I half-jokingly asked my husband if anything else around the house needed cozies.
Since then I’ve completed quite a few small projects. It is relaxing, to an extent. I like that I can take my knitting to wherever the kids are playing or working on projects. When we go somewhere as a family, I can knit in the front seat. I do wonder if I am merely finding more ways of multi-tasking, though.
Our February theme is “Heroes and Heroines” – what can your family create this month to celebrate the heroes and heroines in your lives?
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- What’s the perfect way to snuggle up on a cold winter night? Acacia at Fingerpaint & Superheroes knows the answer: make the perfect soup!
- Simply decorated jars by children bring warmth and light to cold Winter’s days at Living Peacefully with Children.
- The ArtsyMama teaches us how to create a no sew fleece throw inspired by your favorite snuggle time book.
- Movies made from books are often pretty poor representations, but this family-made movie from Dionna at Code Name: Mama is monster-ific!
- Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes created a cozy for her Kindle, to protect it from little hands that think they need to cuddle with it.
- What better way to cuddle and get cozy than in new jammies made by Mama G @ Z everyday things?
- Inspired by her family’s love of the Harry Potter series, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children decided to make a series of ornaments based on the theme.
- Laura at Nestled Under Rainbows shared a reflection on and a celebration of snuggies, lovies, cuddlies and specials.
- Little Hedgehog got a wonderful idea when his red hat from Father Christmas didn’t fit, and Megan at Purple Dancing Dahlias got a wonderful idea to knit a sweet hedgehog!
- Monster-inspired artwork by a monster-clad kid. Despite the growling, he really is cuddly! Monster love courtesy of Dionna at Code Name: Mama.
- Arpita at Up, Down & Natural shares a quick tutorial on how to make your very own Pippalily inspire pouch sling, with zippered pocket & key ring, and a matching nursing cover to boot!
- Amy at Anktangle finally completed something cuddly and warm for her son Daniel: his very own afghan, crocheted with love by Momma.
- Who’d want to cuddle with a cuttlefish? Aunalise at My Sweet Potatoes thinks you might want to cuddle up with this sweet plush cuttlefish!
- In an attempt to slow down and relax while watching her children, Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children decided to give knitting another chance.