Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Knitting: It's for young people too!

As you might have noticed, I haven't updated my blog in awhile.  As the Fall semester begins to draw to a close, my professors pile on the homework, projects, and of course, exams.  Sadly, this leaves me less time for blogging.  Especially since I still have tons of things to do around the house in addition to all of the homework.  Lately when I do have some free time I have been working on improving my kitting skills.  Yes, you read that right, knitting skills.  Contrary to the popular belief, knitting isn't only for grandmas!  I started knitting last year.  My husband (then fiancé) was deployed and I was looking for a new hobby to keep me busy.  I am not entirely sure why I chose knitting.  I think it was just that I happened to be in my local craft store one day and noticed how inexpensive the supplies were.  But then again, it could have also been because I found a pattern online.  A lot of that year is a blur to me.  Anyways, my first project was a scarf.  I felt that it turned out well considering that it was my first time knitting.  It took forever.  Thankfully I have improved since then.  You may be wondering, where does a person learn how to knit?  The answer: YouTube.  It sounds silly, but I am completely serious.  At that time, I did not know anyone who knew how to knit, so I spent lots of time looking at various YouTube videos on how to knit.  I haven't knitted too much, mainly because I haven't had as much time as I would have liked.

One of my most recent projects that I knitted was another scarf.  This one came out much better than my first one.  It was also quite a bit longer.  When finished, this scarf measured just over 5 and a half feet long.  It is very thick, but it would definitely keep you warm in the winter.  I actually knitted this scarf as a Christmas gift.  The person I knitted it for doesn't have a blog, and probably doesn't read any, but because I love keeping gifts a surprise, I wont mention it.  If you are really dying to know (which I am sure you aren't) you can ask.

If you would like the pattern to this scarf, check it out here.

(P.S. Sorry for the horribly obnoxious yellow lighting.  For some reason the light in my dining room, one of the few places in my apartment with a decent background for photos, mixed with my laptop's camera turn all of my photos yellow.)

My most recent project was a pair of wrist warmers because, as I am sure you all know, my wrists are always cold here in the frigid state of Florida.  Kidding aside, I chose wrist warmers because I wanted to knit something that I could wear this fall or winter and I thought that wrist warmers would be cute.  Speaking of knitting something for fall, I do believe that is one of the items on my fall challenge (7. Knit something for fall).  I feel that they came out okay for my first attempt, but of course there are several things that I will improve for next time.

Here are some photos of my finished wrist warmers:

If you would like the pattern for this project, check it out on my Ravelry profile.  Side note, Ravelry is an amazing website with lots of free knitting and crocheting projects and patterns.

If you need further proof that knitting isn't just for grandmas, check out my friend Rachel's post about knitting on her fabulous fashion blog, Amapola Style.

How do you feel about knitting?  Is it something you would like to try?  Or do you still feel it is too much of an old lady hobby?  Please tell me what you think by leaving a comment!

Happy knitting!


  1. Ah! My pictures come out yellow in my room too!! Orange walls will do that though...
    Omg, thanks so much for the shout-out in your cute post! The wrist warmers look GREAT! Glad you were able to knock out another Fall Challenge.
    Oh, and I like surprises and I have my guess, but tell us who the scarf is for after giving it to them! :D

  2. I love it! I kind of think that you, me, and Amy need to have a knitting/ craft night! And you can teach me to knit because I really want to make a Hufflepuff scarf. :)

  3. I don't know that I would have the patience for knitting... But I LOVE homemade gifts and crafts :)

  4. Thank you all for your comments! I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

    And Kathryn, definitely! :) I would love to have a crafting party! I haven't attempted a HP scarf yet (I bought my Slytherin scarf from Islands of Adventure haha) but I really want to when I get the time.