Art Quote of the Week
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
I have been learning to knit. I began in November, 2004 and once my children saw that I was actually producing something, they wanted scarves. I knit one for my older son, Alex, to take back to school with him after Christmas break. It was neat to choose the yarn and colors that Alex wanted, then to think of Alex as I knitted the scarf. It was a very simple pattern, but it was woven with love. When I finished it, Alex (who is 20) hugged its softness in a childlike way and smiled. "I love it, Mom!" he said. And I replied, "It was knitted with love." A masterpiece.
Knitted Beanbag/Paperweight. You don't need a lot of yarn to make this project. Just make sure it is "worsted weight" and have size eight (US) needles. Knit up (in any pattern you like; plain garter stitch will work) two 4 inch squares. Whip stitch them together on three sides. Fill the "pocket" with dried beans, and stitch the fourth side closed. Voila! Something fun to cuddle in your cube at work, weigh down papers, or lob at a fellow coworker (my husband's idea, not mine!). Variations: this is a great way to use practice swatches of different stitch patterns. You can also knit the squares in stockinette stitch (remember to block them so they uncurl), then duplicate stitch a design on them. Enjoy!
To learn to knit, visit www.lionbrand.com and click the "Learn to knit" link at the top of Lion's homepage.
About The Photo
The photo at the top of today's entry shows me and my dog, Daisy. We are wearing scarves that I knitted (some of my first projects). Daisy will be 11 this year and was rescued from the pound. She is a faithful and loving companion! Photo date: December, 2004.