Posts Tagged ‘quick knit’

Quick Knit for Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2017

Whew, I made it just under the wire! Ok, ok, there’s no wire. Valentine’s Day is not a big holiday in my family. We’re firm believers in expressing love every day in ways large and small, and yes, with chocolate at any time of the year. But with all the cute heart-shaped knitting projects around, I wanted to make something. I’ve done it before, and I was determined to do it again.

About an hour before I headed off to teach knitting to two zippy fifth-grade girls, I cast on for a soft heart ornament, Amanda Berry’s “Hearts.”  I’ve got a fair bit of pink yarn left over from my Pussy Hat projects, so I gathered two strands of pink fingering and dove in.

This heart is knit in one piece and looked a bit odd once I’d cast it off.

knit-heart-before-seam

I’m a visual learner and pretty good with spatial manipulations, so it took just a couple of moments to realize that the sides folded in on itself — kind of like a hug.

knit-heart-sew

A few stitches here and there, and I was done.

knit-heart-ornament

Maybe next year I’ll prepare sooner and knit a few of these to slip to loved ones. Ah, why wait until next year?! I’ve got plenty of pink yarn….

Any Valentine’s Day knits in your life this year?

 

 

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Wrapped Up in Knitted Love

January 19, 2017

Since she joined my knitting class in the fall, Tracy has proved herself an intrepid and very generous knitter. Her very first project was a lovely GAPtastic shawl for her teen daughter.

Tracy wearing gaptastic seed stitch cowl

Her most recent finished project is a super cozy, very soft garter stitch baby blanket. It’s made with a super bulky acrylic yarn, something that can stand up to months (even years) of spits, spills, and washings.

garter-stitch-baby-blanket

I always love to get photos of finished projects from students, friends, and family. There’s nothing quite like seeing a new item, something that has love knit into every stitch, in action. Like this lucky baby boy, wrapped in love.

baby wrapped in knit garter stitch blanket

#BabyBurrito

Quick Cotton Dishcloth

July 24, 2016

There are times when a quick, basic project is needed. That time for me usually involves the completion of one project and some indecision on what to make next.

My go-to “palette cleanser” projects are baby hats and cotton dishcloths or washcloths (depending on the size).

Last week it was a dishcloth. Not just any dishcloth though; Mason Dixon Knitting’s Ballband Dishcloth, a simple, clever, and quick design. Lily Sugar’n Cream in Indigo and Hot Green (although I think of it as Green Apple).

Even though I’ve started a new project (stay tuned for next post or get a sneak preview on Twitter @SaltwtrHillKnit), I’ve started a smaller version, which will be a wash cloth for a lovely niece who’s heading off to two weeks of overnight camp.

What’s your go-to quick-and-easy knitting project?

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