Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Knitting Bug - It's Catching

So, I work for a non-profit who partners with other local non-profits to better the lives of woman and children (which makes me much better than you, clearly). One of the projects that has come up recently is Project Linus, which is an organization which provides children who have been through traumatic experiences handmade blankets.

I have been known to say on more than one occasion that Crafty = Crappy and I'm not really a big fan of giving hand-made gifts. This has left me in craft project purgatory, because I have no motivation to finish anything. Ever.

So, I thought - Awesome! Maybe, if this is for the children (for the CHILDREN!) I will actually be able to finish a craft project. So, I Googled "knitting" and was sucked into a vortex, wherein I discovered... knitting blogs. It may sound odd, but truly, they have been amazing. I found this pattern that seemed to be pretty dummy proof and have been working on it for a few weeks.

Are you freaking KIDDING me with all those ends?
It must be said that this looks much messier in person !

Which of course means I got bored! So thanks to my new obsession Crazy Aunt Purl, whose knitting skills are way above my self taught insanity, I attempted the Chunky Baret pattern. What happened was more like...

What part of Jamaica are you from?
Right neeea tha beech... BO-IE!

Ok, so maybe that's a bit exaggerated, but even when you try to lay it flat... it's just too thick to look slouchy enough:

Nice 80's bang


Victoria Bennett Beyer said...

If you still think crafty=crappy, you should check out It's a virtual marketplace for handmade goods and it's chock full of amazing talent. Not to sound like an ad or anything, but I've bought so many unique and well-made things from there. I won't say there's not any crap (cause there is) but the truly talented far outweigh the crappy. And good luck with that knitting!

Farrah said...

I know- those ends are a bitch, huh? I weaved them in as I finished each round just to try to spread out the torture, but even at the end there were still a ton.

It looks GREAT though! It would definitely be a generous gift for Project Linus (which is such a good cause). Good luck with it!