Amanda is a Hamilton, ON based watercolour painter, sewing instructor, knitter, mother, and generally crafty person!

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One Year of Knitting

One Year of Knitting

Clockwise from Top left: Molly modelling my first completed object, a crocheted baby cardigan for my friend Kim's daughter Frankie. Molly in a Bloomsbury Kids pullover, Molly and my nephew Jackson in matching Christmas Tree sweaters, Molly in my first knitted sweater project (and first ever knitting project) - a Granny's Favourite Cardigan. 

Clockwise from Top left: Molly modelling my first completed object, a crocheted baby cardigan for my friend Kim's daughter Frankie. Molly in a Bloomsbury Kids pullover, Molly and my nephew Jackson in matching Christmas Tree sweaters, Molly in my first knitted sweater project (and first ever knitting project) - a Granny's Favourite Cardigan. 

Tomorrow marks one full year since I first bought some yarn and started figuring out how to crochet and knit! I thought it would be a good time to recap my projects and also talk about how great knitting has been for me. Items are presented roughly in order of completion, and for more information about any of the projects, every item is up on my Ravelry Page with details on patterns, alterations, and yarn choices!

Clockwise from top left: some Hierro mittens for my mother-in-law, two pairs of Antler mittens for my sister and her fiance, a Campside Cardigan for myself, and a yellow bonnet for Molly. 

Clockwise from top left: some Hierro mittens for my mother-in-law, two pairs of Antler mittens for my sister and her fiance, a Campside Cardigan for myself, and a yellow bonnet for Molly. 

I first went in to Hand Knit Yarn for a weaving class when Molly was very small, as an attempt to just get out of the house. I have joked with Kate Hand (one of the owners) that I knew I should never set foot in that store and NOW look what has happened! Haha! But the other big impetus was that Kate Hunter (one of the owners of Needlework, where I work and teach) knitted Molly a tiny yellow cardigan when she was very little and as she started to grow out of it I realized that she needs MORE TINY SWEATERS! And that I can't very well ask Kate to just knit Molly sweaters for the rest of her life. So my first sweater was a replica of the sweater that Kate knit for Molly, the ginger coloured cardigan in the bottom left corner of the picture above. 

Admittedly, that was a bit ambitious for a first knitting project, as I had never even cast on by myself before. Thankfully my friend Cathy (she owns a pop-up shop for spinning and weaving inside of Hand Knit) had given me some knitting lessons while I was pregnant so I did remember how to knit and purl. But I had never cast on, read a pattern or done any lace work! Ha!  I just asked Hand Knit what supplies I needed and they did a good job of not telling me I was insane. I spent a lot of time googling how to read knitting patterns and my mom helped me many times with ripping out the lace work over and over. But then I was hooked!

Clockwise from top left: a charcoal men's scarf for my Uncle Andy, a Christmas Stocking for Molly, a peach and seafoam goldfish cardigan, a matching popcorn bonnet and vest for Molly.

Clockwise from top left: a charcoal men's scarf for my Uncle Andy, a Christmas Stocking for Molly, a peach and seafoam goldfish cardigan, a matching popcorn bonnet and vest for Molly.

Many of you who know me well know that I rarely watch television (despite having worked in television for years! Heh). I just find TV to be stressful to watch. The most I really do is watch a few select movies that I know and love on repeat (one of Jay's least favourite things about me, ha! I don't see what is so bad about being asked to watch Lord of the Rings for the 300th time...). In those early days of Molly's life, there was a lot of time spent sitting with her and talking to her but with nothing to keep my hands busy. Knitting helped keep me occupied when I couldn't really do bigger projects requiring equipment and space, like sewing. I also loved the challenge of picking up a new craft and really diving in and figuring out how to do multiple colours, cables, lace and blocking. 

Clockwise from top left: Grey ribbed socks for Jay, Stripey socks for me that are super special because the yarn was a just-because surprise gift from my friend Courtney, Hermione's Everyday Socks for me, and grey self-striping socks for Jay.

Clockwise from top left: Grey ribbed socks for Jay, Stripey socks for me that are super special because the yarn was a just-because surprise gift from my friend Courtney, Hermione's Everyday Socks for me, and grey self-striping socks for Jay.

One of the things that really surprised me about my knitting is how... unselfish it is! As you will see scrolling through these photos, I have only knitted three items for myself (a cardigan and two pairs of socks). Every other item has been a gift to someone else. And it feel SO GOOD! If anyone has ever knitted something for you, you should know how much love and care and time went into every stitch. I really do think about the recipient a large portion of the time I am knitting and it makes me feel like those gifts are really filled with love. 

Left: knitted Lucy puppet for Molly  Right: Grandpa Cardigan for my niece Lorelei.

Left: knitted Lucy puppet for Molly  Right: Grandpa Cardigan for my niece Lorelei.

So there we have it. 20 knitted items in 1 year. It seems like a lot when you look at them all together like this! Totally worth all the neck strain and hand cramps and money spent on gorgeous and expensive yarn! 

Have you thought about knitting? I know some people find starting new hobbies very slow and often get stuck on beginner projects like scarves. I basically skipped scarves and hats and went directly to headache-town and I think, for me, that kept my interest up! I can't wait to see what another year of knitting brings. I already have new projects on the needles!

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