Selfish Knitting – Is there Such a Thing?

As a crafter (knitter, new to sewing, and so-so with paint and glitter), I find I am always making items for someone else. This is my choice – Christmas gifts, donation for an auction, or a baby is on the way.

I have made myself a couple scarves, hats, and am working on fingerless gloves. But, I had this urge to knit a baby dress. I don’t have a baby, I am not expecting. Nothing is on the horizon. Yet, I wanted to keep this dress. So I did, without any guilt.

At my weekly knitting group, I was showing the others my completed dress (sans buttons) and they all wanted to know who I made this for. “No one,” I said. They scoffed! My friend smiled and said, “She is saving it for herself, for her own baby.” Guilty as charged- what can I say? I want children, and I want to make cute things for them to wear. Am I jinxing myself? I was hoping not if I didn’t admit to it. Oops.

How big is your crafting backlog? Any plans to make something for yourself just because?

Made from the Brittany Jumper pattern.

You can see the details of the dress/pattern on my Ravelry page here.

Knitting failure into success!

Only the center is sewn down. The remainder, which is in dire need of my attention, is held down by T-pins.

I love lace. I love making lace. I love that when knitting lace, you have to be EXACT. If you lose or gain one stitch, the entire lace pattern will be off. I love that lace is a challenge for me.

Two years ago, I began making my mother a lavender bedspread, the pattern is Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood. At Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia, I bought yarn at their sidewalk sale. The color and weight was perfect for the lace bedspread. Hours and hours of kitting in the round later, I was binding off on Christmas day to at least show my mother the idea of the final product without having blocked it (my sister always claims I never finish anything on time, but that will be another post). She adored my skills, and I was happy for it.

Then reality hit – I made this bedspread with Rowan Kid Classic, a fiber that has NYLON in it, and nylon does not flatten when blocked. Nylon likes to scrunch up. All of a sudden, I had a scrunched up, useless doily instead of a beautiful bedspread. What a waste! All my time, all my effort – wasted.

With my first knittingĀ failureĀ on my hands, I told all my crafty friends. I didn’t want anyone to make the same mistake. Well, it turns out I have some smart and inspired friends! Stephanie suggested I take my failure and tack it down in a useful, attractive manner. Spread it across a canvas and hang it on the wall, or cover a pillow. Perfect! I am currently in the process (and what a painstaking process it is) to tack the lace to a body pillow. I must have over 100 places I need to tack. And since the piece won’t wrap the entire pillow front and back, I plan to cover the back with a purple fabric and add a bias tape edging.

My motivating factor – two years in a row I have promised my mother a Christmas gift with this lace. It is only January, and I want to have it done for Mother’s Day. Wish me luck!