This Fiber Arts Friday my mind is consumed with gift knitting. Every year I tell myself I’m going to reduce the number of handmade/handknit gifts I give AND I’m going to get a head start on the gift knitting I do earlier in the year. Yeah, so far that’s not working out for me, so here I am again, stressing about the number of handmade gifts I need/want to make.
I like to make handmade gifts for people. For one thing, I grew up knowing the value of something that is made from the heart. I can still remember the dresses my mom sewed for me and the lion mittens my sister knit for me. I still have an afghan my mom knit when I was younger, and it’s almost falling apart but I keep it because she knit it and that matters to me. So handmade gifts are awesome like that. Plus, quite frankly, sometimes it’s a lot cheaper to knit something from my stash than to go out and buy something. So there’s that, too.
This week, I’m focusing on teacher gifts. I have two children in school this year, so that’s two classroom teachers to buy for. Or, in my case, knit for. My kids’ teachers are getting Honey Cowls, knit by yours truly in my very own handspun yarn. I finished the first one last week, and it only took me a few days to knit it. I used the medium size measurement, casting on 160 stitches. I just kept going until I was almost out of yarn and then I finished up the last few stockinette rounds and bound off. Voila, one teacher gift completed! See?
I like the versatility of this cowl. It has two wearing options, as you can see, making it both useful and trendy (those infinity scarves are everywhere!). It shows off handspun well because it has texture but isn’t super complicated. It’s an easy and fast knit, but it looks pretty impressive, if I do say so myself.
I’ve already cast on a second one of these, maybe I’ll have that finished by next week. In the meantime I’m still knitting a shawl for a swap partner, and that’s taking precedence.
I’ve also begun thinking that I’d like to make something for the extracurricular teachers my kids have – they go to Art, Music, Gym, Guidance and Computer class every week, plus Will also has a gifted/enrichment class. So that’s seven more teachers (there are two gym teachers). Ack! I’m really thinking that if I can pull it off I will knit coffee cup cozies for all seven of them and then buy those disposable coffee-shop style cups at the grocery store, fill them with candy or a small bag of flavored coffee and slip the cozy around the cup. It sounds like a good plan, but I don’t know if I’ll have time to knit 7 coffee cozies. I’ve never knit one before, so maybe they’ll be faster than I think. For those of you who have knit them, is kitchen cotton a good yarn for that, or not? If not I may skip the whole project as I don’t want to have to buy new yarn just for it. I’m lazy like that. 😛
Anyhoo, that’s all for this week’s installment of Fiber Arts Friday. Go on over and visit the amazing, wonderful, best-swap-spoiler-ever Andrea at her blog to see what everyone else has been up to this week!