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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Knitting as Therapy

It's that time of year when the needles are covered in yarn and a lot of flat surfaces have piles of knitted hats, scarves, cowls, fingerless mitts, etc. There are two little girls and four little boys in the valley and hats have been made for all of them. I'll make more hats, for the other children and folks in my life, before giving the remainder to someone who can put them in the hands of others who need a bit of warmth and prayer in their lives.
The hats are knitted on circular, round needles and finished on double pointed needles (dpn). Those dpn's take a little getting used to but the best way I've found to finish a hat. 
The blaze orange makes the little boys happy and, for some of them, keeps them warm while they are hunting with their Dad's.
Kollage Yarns make a square knitting needles which is, surprisingly, easy on my hands and the yarn doesn't slip off the needles...at least not as easily as round needles. Kollage Yarns also has a yarn made with 80% milk 20% cotton; I'd love to give that a try!

The brownish yarn is some Lion Brand Homespun given to me by my sister. She hated the dark color, found it difficult to see but, for years, I've used OTT lights that make all the difference in the world in my ability to see true colors. 
Even with the rainy weather and the sprained hands, a little bit of knitting is getting accomplished. Beats housework or mucking the stable any day of the week, eh?

Blessings ~ knitting ~ OTT lights ~ yarn ~ Kollage Yarn square needles ~ finished hats ~ DPN's ~ Lion Brand Homespun ~ 

21 comments:

M.K. said...

Those are cute, and the bright orange is so important for hunters. Great choice! I've never seen square needles. Glad your hands are better -- enjoy that therapy.

Debbie said...

What wonderful gifts. I love the one on the left with the flower on, but the pumpkin looking ones are very jolly. We are finally getting some cool weather here, but rain is still missing us.
Deb

Hartwood Roses said...

There's just something about the approaching cool weather of fall that makes one want to knit. No hats or mitts here ... dishcloths. Finished one last night, and started another one right away.

Flat Creek Farm said...

So wonderful of you to bless others with your talent and handiwork - your projects (and yarn) - lovely! One thing that is missing in my life - making time to create in one form or another. What a double-blessing indeed to share with others as well. -Tammy

Blackberry Lane said...

The hats are both beautiful and useful. I know the recipients will be mighty grateful.

Karen said...

Love the hats! especially the orange.. which would also serve an awesome purpose for those of us who like to walk dogs and ride horses in our woods, sometimes shared by hunters.

Quinn said...

i haven't been doing any knitting at all lately, but you're right...the past few days have got me looking at patterns and my yarn stash, and planning the next project. And I am finally blocking a long-finished scarf to send to Vicki! It's been drying (slowly) since yesterday, and I hope to send it off tomorrow.

LindaSue said...

you are just so dadgum talented - I admire the handwork and heart which goes into your needlecraft - nothing like a warm hat on a cold day!

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

They're beautiful!! Maybe now that I live where you can actually USE some knitted goods, I'll learn to knit! I've never been any good with the sewing machine, but have always enjoyed handwork.

Pom Pom said...

Look at you go, Sandra! I like all of your hats! I didn't know about the square needles or the lights.

Monkeywrangler said...

I neither know how to knit, nor crochet. My mom crochets, but does not knit. I sort of wish I knew how to knit--it seems a useful skill.

Vic303

Debby@Just Breathe said...

They look wonderful. I think that is a great source of therapy!

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Your hats are so cute and how nice of you to be making them for all the kids in your life! I have made a couple of hats and I know that is no easy task-at least for me!

Gumbo Lily said...

Sweet! What lovely gifts those children are getting. Beautiful work.

GretchenJoanna said...

It sounds like knitting is just the gentle exercise your hand needs while it is healing. And a nice break for you.

Sue said...

I have not knitted in so long. You have inspired me to find my knitting needles.

Blessings!

Sue

Lisa said...

I've just recently learned to knit with the double pointeds, and after a rocky start I like it now! But at first, total chaos.

You're finding the best uses for your yarn! xoxo

Down On The Farm said...

I am a knitter too!! I'm kind of a beginner, but I start my hats "in the round" and finish on the dpns. I love it!! Blessings to you :0!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Very nice hats! You do such beautiful work. I have a hard time with dpn. I don't even like the circular needles but that's probably because I haven't worked with them much.

Madge Bloom said...

LOVE those hats... do you have a very simple pattern for fingerless gloves? And are they easy enough for a beginner??? I'm retiring BTW, on 10.10.....

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Sandra! I had no idea you were so talented in the knitting area... these are adorable. Especially the pumpkin hat. I would wear it. :)

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