In Which My Mom is Adorable.
So I’ve probably mentioned this on the blog before, but my mom is super cute. She absolutely loves getting stuff that I’ve made, more than anyone else in the small circle of people who get handmade stuff from me with the exception of Greg. (He loves his handknit socks and treats them with care and respect. That is the true test of handknit giftability.) Anyway, I’m getting distracted. My mom loves everything I’ve ever made her, and shows everyone the mittens I made her for Christmas last year all the time. I can’t believe that she actually wears them in Texas, but she does! So since my mom loves stuff that I make so much, for her birthday, I decided to go further! Not only would I knit her a thing, I would spin the yarn myself. In theory, this was a great idea. I think that two levels of handmade-ness in a project probably has some sort of exponential effect on how unique and special a gift is. However, this meant that the project was extremely late. Fortunately for me, you wouldn’t want a single knitted thing in the middle of a Texas summer (and honestly for most of the fall as well) so my super late present actually showed up just in time for her to need a little extra cozy warmth. It’s also the first and only time I’ve actually knit anything with my handspun yarn, so that was really exciting for me. I loved being able to design a yarn that would go with my idea of a project, instead of having to work with what was available.
Some of you who have been around the blog for a while may remember that I was working on some cream-colored Blue Faced Leicester wool back in the summer. I completely neglected to ever show you pictures of the finished product, but I’m going to rectify that omission now. It was one of my first spinning projects, and it’s crazy to see how far I’ve come as a spinner since I worked on this. Granted, I intended for this to be a bit thick-and-thin, but the way I did that was to stop actively trying to make it not crappy. It was really easy 😛 However, it turned out beautifully, very squishy and uneven and woolly!
I took this yarn, and I knit it up into a simple herringbone stitch cowl. I didn’t use a pattern, I just sortof fudged it because I knew the stitch already from my Katniss cowl design. It looks so cool in the uneven yarn! I really liked it, and it turns out, so did she! Prepare to see my mom looking super photogenic. I think it’s actually impossible to take a bad picture of her, she always looks so cute.
She wears this cowl all the time, and I’m really glad she likes it 🙂 It even matches her mittens! (I was sorta going for that, but I was happy that it was successful.)
So there you go! Pictures of my cute mommy wearing her present. Happy Sunday everyone!