Hello Dreamers! It’s getting mighty cold outside, so I guess Fall has finally decided to show up. My love for fall runs deep, mostly I think because I’m a fall baby. I have been looking forward to telling you about (read showing off) one of my favorite things to do once it gets colder! That beloved hobby of mine is knitting and crocheting. I hope I have a few Dreamies that partake in this hobby of mine, and if so I want to hear about it down below!
I have always leaned more towards the creative side of things. Coloring, drawing, cross stitching – just to name a few. My Grandma did a lot of sewing and needle point and growing up my mom would sew us dresses or Barbie clothes. The need to make beautiful things runs in my blood! While I was pregnant with Charlotte and probably sick of stabbing myself with a cross stitch needle, I felt the sudden urge to learn to knit and crochet. My mom is more of a knitter and my grandma is into crochet, so I had the perfect teachers very close at hand! I will admit, it was slow going at first. You have to always count your stitches and check your work, or you may end up with a crooked finished product! I know this because that was me, rushing through and not understanding why my scarf looked more like a triangle than a long rectangle haha. Don’t even get me started on dropping a stitch in the middle of a knitting project, ugh!
I never really feel much like messing with yarn during the warmer months. Maybe it’s the need to be outside and more active, I don’t know. But as soon as the leaves begin to change my husbands sees that look in my eye…the hunger for MORE YARN!! My fingers get twitchy and the need to create is overwhelming. He tells me I have enough yarn, but he just doesn’t understand! I didn’t even understand at first. I would buy beautiful colored yarn all willy nilly with no plan of what to do with them. Now I understand. You must first have a project, because they call for specific yarn weights and particular sized needles. Try explaining this to a man, sigh.
Fall Project 2018
Fall 2018 hits and I check my email. As I’m scrolling I notice an email from my beloved Michael’s Craft Store announcing “ALL YARN IS ON SALE!!!!” (That’s how my brain read it – whatevs). It was fate. I had to run to out anyways for flameless candles for our pumpkins which I knew Michael’s carries. My poor loving husband tried to reason with me, but in the end I won! I swore I would finish the project of whatever yarn I purchased that day, and it was a sale! The perfect time to start something new!! I found 3 balls of Caron Chunky Cakes yarn, one perfect for each child and of course the pattern was on the label. I’d never used Caron Cakes before, but had been dying to and this was the perfect way to start!
Each skein of yarn had a pattern for a Cowl, just in time for the cold weather and man these things are amazingly warm! I finished Kylie’s and Charlotte’s in a day and a half each. Crochet in my opinion is just easier and faster and the pattern was more feminine to me. Lucas’s cowl was to be knitted and that definitely took some time. 58 stitches back and forth across two needles, my hands were aching! The finished product was a heavy, chunky, diagonal knit cowl that I wish I had in sweater form. I’m pretty proud of myself, I’m not an expert at this. I do forget and have to google YouTube videos to remember what the stitches are, but one day I hope to get there.
A look at the finished product from my projects:
The pattern for the crochet cowls can be found here and the knit pattern right here . I enjoy making scarves and fingerless gloves mostly. I usually zone out once I get the pattern memorized, and if I stop I forget where I was haha! But one day I do want to take on a huge chunky blanket, I just need to find that perfect pattern and yarn combination. Now, I must get back to the 5,000 loads of laundry that patiently await me! Leave me a comment and tell me, what are your favorite fall hobbies? Do you knit or crochet? Do you hope to learn someday if you haven’t learned yet?? I’d love to hear from you here or over on Facebook/Instagram!