So much is happening! Er, I should maybe say “not happening”. Though, I tried. Kind of. I thought that once I was expecting my own child I would be so inspired to knit that the projects would just cascade off my needles. I didn’t know that I would be so tired and that all non-essential activities would be off the table. I slept, and I went to work. My wonderful man made me dinner before I crawled into bed at 7:00 pm, and that is how I spent the first 3 months of my pregnancy. Now that I have been more awake for the last two months I have been able to do a little more than just exist.
Instead of starting a bootie pattern, or a baby sweater, I was somehow more inspired to knit decor pumpkins. My motivation to knit is usually based around a desire to make a hand made item that would replace something normally bought at a store. At the very least, a bit useful. Knitting decorations seems so unlike me, but I’m having fun and that’s just as valuable as usefulness. I found a free stuffed pumpkin pattern on Pinterest and off I went. It felt so festive to be at home knitting pumpkins this weekend. Working on seasonal crafts always reminds me of my own mother too.
UPDATE: Knit City totally inspired me, and I have a baby knit on the way!
I sent some produce pods to a farm last week, along with a new onion bag I have been working on. They’ll be residing at Honey Grove, and may eventually end up in the Farm Store!
I’ve been trying to work on a onion bag specific pattern that would use a light weight cotton for some time. I struggled with needle size vs. net design. Finally I went with something smaller to keep the netting pattern visible, but I had attempted the pattern with a new mesh stitch, as well as at least 6 different needle sizes. The goal was for it to weigh virtually nothing, and therefor be a help at the grocery store. Something you could switch out the plastic produce bags for. It will obviously never weight as much as a plastic bag, but I was hoping for something negligible. It still could work, but I think the slight cost to using them is still prohibitive, so I will continue to see how it can be modified. It’s still very usable, and would work great at a market – especially here at Jean Talon, where pre-weighed bushels and baskets can be emptied into the bag very easily.
I was also able to write up a pattern for the apple protectors I made. If you are interested in the pattern I am giving it away at the moment. I just need an email address to mail it to. I may try to list it on Ravelry, but at this moment haven’t tried offering a pattern through Ravelry yet. Eventually all the items I am making will have a pattern available in my etsy store. The apple protector is an easy pattern, but does require some patience. Working a small item with relatively large double points can be frustrating, but I’ve made five of them now, so I have a system down.