Once upon a time I was a knitter.
Like an all-consumed, thought-about-it-constantly, knit-like-it-was-my-part-time job knitter.
I made hats and scarfs and shawls, but what I really loved to make were sweaters (for me, of course, because I'm nothing if not a totally selfish knitter). And make them I did. Many, many sweaters.
But I haven't made a sweater for myself in years. I've started one many a times, but I just can't get up the motivation to finish it. And honestly, I haven't even knit a stitch since finished I this little hat last December. But recently the knitting bug bit again. Not only does the little nip in the air remind me that knitting is fantastic, but there is nothing that beats the portability of a knitting project. Plus, knitting is the perfect craft to do in those two minutes while you're waiting for your kid to put on their shoes, or the three minutes while you're waiting for your husband to finish packing the bag, or the five minutes while you're waiting for the water to boil. And given that that's pretty much what my free-time looks like nowadays, knitting is kind of the perfect hobby
Before deciding on a knitting project I searched through Ravelry trying to find something that piqued my interest, but in the end I decided to stick with what I love - which is knitting top-down sweaters that I design based off of Barbara Walker's book, Knitting From the Top. Mostly I love that there is no "trying to get gauge" when you design your own sweater. Instead there is just an acceptance that "this is my gauge and I'm just going to work with what I have." It is liberating.
So there you have it. Me and knitting have fallen in love once again. And I'm currently in the middle of knitting a little sweater for O to keep her all warm and toasty in the upcoming winter. It'll be a top-down sweater with cables running down the sleeves and probably just a simple garter stitch body (I'm a simple gal with simple knitting needs). And I am loving making it.
Hopefully she'll love wearing it.