Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Getting knitty with it

This winter my Mom asked me if I would knit a scarf for her friend like the one I made her several years ago. I had not touched knitting needles since we moved from California, so I picked up my trusty, worn copy of Stitch and Bitch and taught myself how to cast on and knit again-the basics if you want to make a scarf. I forgot how much I liked the soothing motions of knitting and the act of turning plain balls of yarn into something usable/wearable and unique-so I decided I wanted to learn the art of it, as broadly as possible...and kinda just dove in. Next I learned how to purl, and then how to use knit and purl stitches to form stitch patterns, such as the seed stitch. Armed with that knowledge, I began knitting a baby blanket with a seed stitch border for our cousin Joyce who is due in June. Ecstatic about my accomplishment, I decided it begged for a cute little matching hat. So then I taught myself how to knit in the round on circular needles and with double point needles, which in pictures looks more complicated than it is.

Anatomy of a hat

For the past few months I have been knitting hats from a book of patterns for gifts, and I'm loving it-especially the challenge of mastering a new stitch pattern or technique (today I am working with eyelets and ribbons). I have already had two sales from friends who liked my hats, which is tremendously exciting. I think stitch work is an art form, and to have people appreciate your work (and even enough to want to buy/wear it), it's an honor. I would love to have my own little hat knitting business, but I would need to create my own patterns, so that would take some time. I'm thinking about sending out an e-mail to my girl friends in a few months to take orders for hats to knit up for Christmas gifts if anyone is interested in a little noggin' warmer for their children, nieces, nephews, godchildren, friends' children, etc. We shall see. I have been mainly knitting with wool because I love the vibrant hues of a certain yarn I bought for a steal at a local yarn shop that was going out of business...but I am going to try to invest in some fun cottons and washable wools as well. The possibilities are endless my friends.

My first attempt at a fairisle design, although the hat is WAY too small for Owie,

so I will save it for our next child :)

Anyways, since knitting is my new favorite thing (read obsession), I figured it was worth an entry with some pics. I won't upload the photo of Joyce's baby blanket because I am going to give it to her next weekend when Owen and I visit Houston for her baby shower, and I don't want to spoil the surprise! Let me know what you think of my hats, y'all.



At 11:17 PM , Blogger Buck and Jess! said...

I am utterly amazed at the many talents of Heather Isaac--between you and Suz, I'm so wanting to learn to knit, but with the results you're getting--I'm thinking I might just know a pretty good place to get in on the cuteness without all the work :o) Your hats are darling!

At 10:43 AM , Blogger Steve and Shan said...

Love them all! You have quite the talent, my friend. I can't wait for the knitting blog to start. When is all that going down?

At 1:47 PM , Anonymous annie said...

As a life-long knitter, I'd have to say that you are AMAZING. You went from beginner to absolute pro in no time at all. Incredible. If I ever get around to that motherhood thing, I'll be making some orders...assuming, of course, that I'm not still living in SoCal. 'Cause it's been in the 90's here in MARCH. Wool hats would just be a special kind of torture. :)

At 9:27 AM , Blogger the isaacs said...

thanks guys! glad you like the noggin warmers. i love the idea of a knitting blog for all of us to showcase our projects, shan, but i don't have time to start it up right now...hopefully some day!

At 5:37 PM , Blogger Patrice said...

whoa, those are amazing! I'm impressed and shocked. I've been giving crocheting a shot and will post pictures on the knitting blog.

At 11:43 AM , Blogger Aron & Suz said...

Heth, I cannot believe how amazing these look! I'm so jealous that you are so advanced in your knitting skills. I just can't get those beanies to work for me. Granted, maybe I just need a new pattern? I should buy the book you are using.

At 11:36 PM , Anonymous Sherri said...

Heth, you are so gifted and crafty. Those hats are so unique.


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