Chicago Flag

Being a Chicago Native, there is something about those red stars that just made me want to knit it! I wrote a quick chart pattern for the Chicago Flag. I made a small knit swatch and hung it up above my door, but I think you could easily crochet the chart as well. To download the pdf, click here:  chicagoflag

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Getting Crafty

Cactus pin cushion

I came across a creative pin cushion challenge from All Free Sewing. Since I was looking to make a pin cushion or two anyway, I decided to give it a go and post it for the challenge. I got my idea from http://www.gleefulthings.com/blog/?p=471 and simply made a few modifications. I didn’t have a spare flower pot anywhere, but I did have this votive candle holder, and I think it works just fine. Small projects like this are perfect for using up my scrap yarn stash. If you want to make your own pin cushion or check out the other submissions, the challenge can be found here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/allfreesewing-presents-the-creative-pincushion-challenge/.

Knitting needle case

The other thing I did today was sew this case for crochet hooks and knitting needles. I have tried a lot of different cases and cups for my needles but I didn’t have one that was both easy to transport and easy to access. This one was actually a pattern for a pencil case, but the size fits crochet hooks perfectly, and is pretty close for most of my knitting needles. I am still pretty new to sewing and this was my first time ever sewing in zippers- I think I am getting over my fear! Does anyone else have cool ways to store knitting supplies? I would love to hear from you!

Coordinating lining and zipper

Knitworthy

I went to a Thursday night knitting club and learned this is a term used by knitters to rate whether or not a person is “worthy” of receiving knit gifts. There are several things that a knitter will use to determine whether a person is knitworthy or not. After everyone had put in their two cents, this is what I found:

1. If a person is seen wearing the handmade item or other handmade clothing or accessories they are more knitworthy.
This is because knitters want to show off their work. They want to give someone a gift that will actually be used and seen by the world.

2. If a person uses a handmade item for something besides its intended purpose, it makes them less knitworthy.
For example, if you find your crocheted afghan being used as a car floor mat the next time your buddy picks you up, you can be assured they won’t be receiving too many more handmade gifts.

Baby Ali

Look at that face. Even I can't stop knitting for her.

3. Babies are generally considered knitworthy.
I have mixed feelings on this one. On the plus side, baby items are small, so they can be pretty quick to make. But in my opinion knit sweaters are just going to get thrown up on or spilled or drooled on. This is probably just my general dislike of babies.

4. The cleanliness of a person’s house can contribute to a person’s knitworthy-ness.
We have all visited that one friend’s house where we don’t offer to take our shoes off. You know who I mean. The one where you usually have to clear a seat off before you sit down. The amount of time a knitter is willing to spend on a project drastically decreases if a knitter is worried about the item getting lost or damaged between uses.

5. The amount of time you have known someone increases their knitworthy-ness.
We’re not knitting sluts! We’re not gonna go around knitting for just anyone. The longer you hang around your knitter friend the better chances you have of receiving a beautiful knit gift.

Spring?

The weather is finally starting to warm up! I can’t wait to get outside and run this week, it has been quite awhile. I signed up for a couple 5Ks that are coming up in March and April, so I really need to get going! After the blizzard that hit Chicago 2 weeks ago I haven’t been able to do much but sit around inside. It was an amazing snowstorm, and I got some knitting done.

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