Tuesday, 19 February 2013

The Happy Makers: Knitting

Now, this is a fairly new one. I used to be the kind of person that would pick up some kind of craft, and never see it through. But this time I'm actually enjoying knitting. Maybe because I have a pattern that I'm following, or maybe I've simply become less uncoordinated. Where knitting used to send me into a fit of rage, I now find it kind of calming. So knitting is number 2 in my Happy Makers series.

The last time I attempted knitting, I joined a website called Lion Brand Yarn, a free source of knitting lessons, knitting patterns, and tons of great crafty things. This is where I learned how to cast-on, do the knit and purl stitches, and bind off. When I get to something in a pattern that I'm not sure of, I head back to the learning centre and figure it out there.

I'm currently using a Lion Brand Yarn pattern to knit a neck tie for my boyfriend. I've messed up in a couple of places because I had never used seed stitch before, but after googling some tutorials on seed stitch to figure out where I was going wrong, I've finally gotten the hang of it. It's only 15cm long at the moment, but I'm getting quicker at knitting rows.

15cm down, only a whole lot more to go!
Oh also, I had a random knitted square of red wool that I'd been practicing knitting with... Learning how to increase/decrease, getting good at both the purl and knit stitches. Anyway, I didn't think I'd ever find a use for it. After I binded off I showed my big, dumb, red square to my sister, who grabbed it off me, attached a button to one side, and suggested I put it on the cat! I did, and well...

So proud of her new cape.
She looks pretty gorgeous if you ask me. I think I really have to start worrying when even my kitty cat wearing a kitty-sized cape doesn't make me happy.


  1. oh, so cute! little black kitty looks beautiful in red! thanks so much for coming by and visiting, i am following back and sharing the love! :)
    have a great week!

  2. Aww your kitty is adorable!!!
    Always wanted to try knitting...never got around trying it...maybe someday soon..till I find someone who can teach me! XD

  3. Newest follower. Just want to wish you luck with the knitting. I just learned to weeks ago and now I cannot stop. I have made six scarfs now because its all I know how to make. But now seeing you made a cape for you cat I may have to make one for my dog now.

    1. SIX SCARVES!! Wow! You're a knitting machine! I used to be pretty embarassed to knit in public but now I don't care so much what people think. Being able to knit while I'm waiting for someone is a great way to stay entertained.
      Making the cape was an accident but should be pretty easy to do again! I basically just knitted a huge square, and then decreased heaps near the end to cinch it in. I think I halved the number of stitches. My friend wants me to make one for his kitty cat, so I'll have to trial and error. :)
      Thanks for following!
      ♥ Bec


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