I was browsing the Ravelry forums and found a post about frogging knit or crocheted items bought from a thrift store and using the yarn for a new project. Yesterday, I decided to go to Goodwill to see if I could find anything to pull apart. There were a lot of obviously handmade items I could have easily pulled apart, but just the thought of destroying any of them made me feel awful. I just kept thinking about all the hard work that goes into so many of my crocheted objects and imagining someone ripping them apart. I think I have too much respect for my fellow hookers (and the knitters as well!) to undo their hard work. So, instead of buying something to pull apart, I ended up buying something to keep and use.
I paid $3.99 for this throw, which is definitely way less than I’d pay for yarn if I was going to make one myself. It’s very cozy and I can tell it’s old. It’s not quite big enough to cover my whole body (which is a bummer because I’m pretty short and most throws cover me completely), so I’m thinking about adding to it. That way, it’s like a collaboration, and I can make it my own without taking it apart. There’s a shell stitch border, and I haven’t decided if I want to keep going with shell stitches, keep going with another stitch, or take out just the shell stitches and continue the granny square. Whichever I choose, I won’t be doing it for a while because I have so many other things to do first, but this throw will be back, and next time it’ll be bigger!
While we were out, Nate and I stopped at the mall so I could get some boots. Sears was having a crazy shoe sale, so we stopped in to check it out. They also had a bunch of other crap on sale, including hats and gloves. He found a ribbed knit beanie that he really liked and he kept going back to it and trying it on or looking at it longingly, but even after the 50% off, it was $13, which is ridiculous. I promised I’d make him a hat, and he got all excited about it and asked me to make one with cables. So when we got home, I found a nice pattern that was manly enough for him and got to work.
Unfortunately, my cables looked like complete crap. I’d never tried them before and I need some practice, that’s for sure. Instead, I found a great tutorial on youtube for a ribbed hat that looks a lot like the hat Nate was drooling over at Sears, except the ribs are thicker. I really like the way the hat is made. Rather than work in the round, you just make a rectangle and sew it together. It’s awesome.
He really likes it and says it’s very warm and fits perfectly. I tried it on and it was way too big for me but definitely warm and comfy. Because the ribbing makes it so stretchy, I made it a bit smaller around than his head (actually, it’s even smaller around than the woman who made the video said to make it), so it’s nice and snug. I didn’t sew the cuff into place, so he can make it bigger or smaller depending on how much of his ears he wants to cover. I don’t know if it looks like it in the picture, but I think it looks store-bought, especially when he’s wearing it, which is really exciting for me. I wanted to take a million pictures of him wearing it, but he’s sick with a pretty bad cold, so I had to take just one and leave him alone. Heh.
So now I want to make myself a hat. I’m going to make it the same way – with the rectangle sewn together – but I think I’ll do a different stitch in place of the ribbing. If It works out the way I want it to, it’s going to be something I make on my own with no pattern. I love when that happens.
Speaking of on my own with no pattern…
My cats go back and forth between not caring about the yarn I’m working with and being completely obsessed with it, so every once in a while, I cut off a piece to keep them busy while I work. The other day, I decided to make them a toy, but after looking through a few patterns on Ravelry, I decided to just make my own stupid cat toy. I’m not proud of it by any means, but I just remembered it because I was talking about crocheting without a pattern.
So yeah, just a piece of crap. I think my real reason for talking about it at all is so I can post this picture:
Yeah, it was definitely so I could post that picture. Best. Ever.