October is out and Knitober is in folks! I hope that all you crafters have been smarter than me about preparing for your Christmas crafting. I realized the other day that it is crunch time. I’ve decided to launch Knits by Emma on January 1st 2014 (to give it a sense of occasion), so between that and all the prezzies I need to make, we have entered Knitober.
It’s been about three months now since I picked up the needles again and I am loving every minute. I’m knitting in front of the TV, on my lunch break at work, and even tucked into bed long after I should have gone to sleep.
I’ve ordered some lovely Malabrigo sock for my mom and sisters’ presents, and later today I’m hitting a few stores to stock up on some new needles and yarn for a secret new project I alluded to in the last post.
Despite having so much to do, I couldn’t help but start a new project this week. My first toy!
I’ve heard several people claim that toys are their favorite thing to knit. The sound of it, honestly, has never appealed to me. I don’t have kids (yet) and none of my super close friends do either, and knitting toys has seemed to be more about the finished product that enjoyment of the actual process. Boy, was I wrong!
While trolling on ravelry this week, I became fascinated with Rebecca Danger’s The Big Book of Knitted Monsters. I thought they were so cute and I could just imagine making tons of these funny little guys to add character to our home. Unable to wait for it to be posted out to me, I opted to purchase the ebook. While I was at it, I bought Susan B. Anderson’s Itty Bitty Toys as well, just…for good measure? I’ve heard about Susan as a knitted toy genius, so I definitely wanted to learn from the best.
I read carefully through both ebooks, quickly noticing that I did not have the right needle sizes in my stash to start any of the monsters. In fact, I only have one set of 3.25mm double-pointed needles (dpns), and a too-short circular needle. Today I plan to round out that collection with a few more, but the other night when I was itchy to start something, I went with a project from Itty Bitty instead.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my kindle. I love that when I’m desperate to read a book, I can download it in seconds. My parents got me this kindle when Matt and I were home in Minnesota for Christmas last year. I promptly went out to the Mall of America to get my new toy a lovely case from Vera Bradley. I also have an old duffel bag from them that I love to keep my knitting in when I bring it with me out and about. It’s great to have tons of books in my handbag at all times all conveniently stored on my little e-reader. However, I will say that if I could have, I would have purchased the actual books in this instance. For knitting, and especially for toys, it would be nice to be able to flip back and forth quickly between pattern pages, and the tips in the beginning chapters. And seeing everything in color would be preferable as well.
One thing in the kindle’s favor, though, is that I don’t have to hold it open. Some books don’t sit open nicely for you to just glance at every now and then. My kindle fits lovely on the arm of the couch.
I’ve still been listening to podcasts while knitting, and funnily enough, I happened upon the Never Not Knitting episode where Alana interviews Susan about Itty Bitty! It was so crazy to be in the middle of knitting up one of her patterns and listening to her talk about the book at the same time!
Late last night after a lovely dinner and a movie date with Matt, I finished up the head. This morning I whipstitched the head onto the body and got started on an arm while Skyping my dad. I have a busy day of errands and yarn shops ahead, but I’ve been dying to blog for days so I wanted to post quick before I go.
I probably shouldn’t have started a toy project when I have so much deadline knitting to do, but I just couldn’t help myself. And I have to say, I’m a convert! I simply LOVE knitting toys. It might even be my favorite thing…go figure!