The most interesting thing I’ve done in the past couple weeks was attempt to knit a helmet. You heard me.
Anyway, so I’m not super impressed with the pattern because the black and white photography leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Also the pattern isn’t super clear. Did I mention it’s from the 50s? Yeah.
So I got to a certain point in the pattern and then gave up. Yes, I gave up. I stared at the pattern, reading it over and over again and just couldn’t make sense of it. So, the helmet became a cowl and that was that.
Or, to paraphrase Manos (hands of fate)…was it?
Of course not. I complained for one second to my Master Knitter Mother (MKM) and she not only made me read the pattern to her, but explain what I didn’t understand. And then she wouldn’t let me give the pattern book back to her…she
told encouraged me to try again.
Try, try again. Try, try again.
I think when times are tough or I have internal stress my subconscious is desperate to deal with, but my poor conscious state hasn’t figured out yet, I revert into this strange state I’d like to call “YO.”
You know, yarn over?
Anyway, that’s all I’ve been doing lately. No, scratch that. I’ve done a lot of things, but all I want to do is hide in my condo, with the fireplace on, sit on my couch, and knit.
Ever since my trip to Kinneyland I’ve been into cowl’s. My friend Celia made one for me and it’s been on my to-do list for a while so I thought, now’s a good time. I have a great example to follow plus there are some patterns in a knitting magazine I borrowed from my aunt.
So I’ve tried a couple times. The first one went alright, except I ran out of yarn before I finished the cowl. The second was an unmitigated disaster. I altered my pattern but didn’t mix the math properly. Instead of a beautiful neck warmer I had some sort of short-wide thing going on. Dis-as-ter.
Actually the week has been pretty busy what with work and going to hockey games and theatre productions and the like. And then next week all the Christmas parties start.
I’m onto attempt #3 for the cowl and hopefully I finish before it does me in. I don’t have time to be obsessed!
I’m in a knitted state of cowlfusion!
A while ago I was encouraged to try a mixed media knitting project. I can’t remember where the pattern is exactly (on one of Kinneyland’s free pattern sites, no doubt) but the concept is so simple anyone who knows a lace stitch can do it. And a knit stitch. And owns a stapler.
At any rate, I made a nifty homemade frame-style earring holder from an wood picture frame, some yarn, and staples. I love it.
I love it so much I decided to make a second one for a friend. Once when she was at my place she complimented a colourway of stash yarn I had just lying around and then when she was moving I spotted a photo frame with some ribbon on her window sill and snatched it. She was using the ribbon to hang her earrings from and I thought…we can do better than that.
It’s going to be a grand surprise (hopefully) when I give it to her in a couple weeks. It’s not like I’m holding it hostage—she’s out of town.
If you’re feeling crafty and want a rewarding one-hour project to keep your hands busy give this one a try. Just remember your work needs to stretch tight so cast on 20 less stitches than you think you need (I used 30 for the teal frame and 20 for the rust one). Make sure you have your frame first, then work until your piece measures about halfway without stretching. Then staple around and voila!
Every now and then I browse around for free knitting patterns and every now and then I strike gold.
A knitted brain slug!!!
I’ve never made a toy before, nor knit anything needing stuffing (actually that’s not entirely true). And I’ve especially never followed a pattern so exactly. But… well it’s a brain slug!
What’s a Brain Slug?
Here’s the Wikipedia definition (with a bit of tightening…hey! I’m an editor):
Brain slugs are small, one-eyed, vaguely sluglike aliens who attach themselves to the people’s heads to control them. Brain slugs apparently use this as a method of trapping more “prey,” since those under brain slug control are driven by the desire to place brain slugs on other beings.
The brain slug can be seen in numerous Futurama episodes.
Not only was it a fun-looking project, but I had three other reasons for taking it on.
- A co-worker lent me all five seasons of Futurama so I could see every episode and I wanted to thank him
- There was a stitch in the pattern I didn’t know!
- My bf thought it was amazing, and boys and knitting projects don’t generally go hand-in-hand so it was big encouragement
Well, the project went so well I actually made two brain slugs and they’re both long gone so I’m glad I had the wherewithal to take at least one photo of my handiwork. I might want to work on my stuffing abilities next time, and the eye is a bit big, but I won’t be too self-critical. It was really fun and easy.
That said, here’s the Brain Slug pattern I used. You know, just in case you’re curious and would like a knitted brain slug of your own.
Last year I had this amazing goal of posting a pattern on Ravelry, the knitting social network I happen to be a part of.
Laugh at me if you want, but it took a lot of motivation to actually sit down and do it. I was really nervous at how real knitters would react to my simple pattern.
Well, I’m over it now. Apparently people don’t really care to make headbands and there hasn’t been much of any reaction, positive or negative. Good.
I was thinking about this pattern the other day because I realized I’ve improved it a lot since its publishing, yet I haven’t posted the updates. I don’t think I feel like an inferior knitter, it’s just…well I feel a bit lame. I don’t know why I feel the need to continue to improve this design, especially since I seem to be the only one who even wants a perfect headband.
But I do.
So, what makes up the perfect headband? So glad you asked:
- Stays in place
- Keeps hair out of face
- Collects sweat
- Not hot/thick/scratchy/ugly
Am I asking too much? The headband patterns I’ve tried haven’t been good enough, so I made my own. Anyway, I thought I’d throw a photo or two up to at least show off my new design.
These photos are a bit funny because I just got back from a run and was only starting to cool down. I think I look sporty but you might just think I am sweaty. Let’s call it both.