hands on.

All of the rain that has been falling lately seems to be driving home the fact that the seasonal shift from mostly outdoors to mostly indoors is upon us. Here I think I can speak for my fellow farmwives (and their families!) that when we find ourselves indoors, we also find ourselves making things. (Probably our creative juices get flowing as a survival mechanism when we find ourselves trapped in tight spaces for long periods of time with our respective families. Ahem.) Whether we’re making gooey donuts or colorful knitting, textured weaving or gaudy jewelry, pretty paintings or sewn sundresses… our hands find different outlets for keeping busy (and sane).

So today, I’m going to launch a new series here with the farmwives: hands on. Every so often we’ll take our turn at showing all of you out there what we’ve been making with these busy hands of ours. (We would love to see what you’ve been up to as well, so please feel free to leave a link to your own hands on projects in the comments!)

Ok, so, here goes… this week my hands finished that pair of socks I started last week. They turned out pretty good and just so happen to fit both of my girls perfectly. Uh-oh… two socks, four feet. I bet you can guess what my next knitting project is going to be.

IMG_8200IMG_8195IMG_8192Next, my happy little knitter, Opal, just finished her very first skirt. The only thing I helped her with were the decreases around the waist to help make it fit. Otherwise, she did the entire project all on her own with some yarn that her Aunt Cassie got her for Christmas last year. When she first cast on this project, she was just knitting for knitting’s sake and didn’t really have a finished project in mind. As her knitting progressed, she saw clearly what she wanted to create. Once she reached the waistband, I taught her how to do a “purl” stitch, and she caught on instantly. This knitting mama is pretty proud of her girl, to say the least… IMG_8201IMG_8198And I suppose you notice her fashionable jewelry? (It’s kind of hard not to notice) She just finished all of that, too. IMG_8194IMG_8197 I think this is going to be a very entertaining and creative fall and winter season filled to the brim with many hands on projects!


right now :: finally

hoodie 4Early Spring last year I started a knitting project.  There was this beautiful wool in the half price bin at our local yarn shop (Lafayette didn’t know how good they had it with that shop!).  It’s a sweet Peruvian merino.  I made a pair of fingerless gloves (they are thumbless too).  They are an extension of the glorified rectangles that I am so fond on making.  And I had more yarn.  I bought all they had of that lot.

So, I decided to go tubular.  hoodie 3

Then there was Spring, and Summer, when almost no knitting happened at all.  Then came Fall, and it was time to knit for Christmas gift-giving.

And so, I’m just now finishing my over-sized cowl.  It is warm and soft.  It can cover my neck and my head, and the colors are beautiful.  After such a long wait, in such a cold winter, I’m enjoying it thoroughly.hoodie

Here’s hoping that your winter projects bring you so much joy…