My grandmother taught me to knit when I was seven years old. You should have seen the scarf we made together: three tidy little rows at one end where she got me started and then a gnarly mess with undulating edges as I haphazardly added and lost stitches along the way. I still have that scarf and I wore it with pride.
Over the years my knitting skills have improved somewhat, and I find deep joy in crafting a hand knit gift. Right now our coffee table is overflowing with books about knitting and sewing that I checked out from the library. I am trying to figure out these days if I would enjoy turning my love for knitting into a business.
Eek! Yes. A business. Still in the "how am I going to do this??" stage, but now Elliott and I have been talking about this for weeks. Months.
sideways fingerless gloves from fine Italian merino Garber siblings enjoying Charlottesville and new gloves!
Recently I went on a fingerless-gloves-knitting-kick and made four pairs of gloves for friends and sisters-in-law. They love them! The orange and green gloves were made with the autumnal Blue Ridge in mind. I used a fine Italian merino wool called Ella Rae; it's my new favorite yarn and the colors are magnificent.
The brown and pink gloves were made from a soft silk-merino blend and the product was delicate as well as toasty warm. Well, toasty warm in Texas, that is. The recipient of these gloves lives in Boston; I only hope they provide enough warmth!
As I think about starting a business, I would love any tips or advice from other crafters out there. Also, if any of you are interested in commissioning me to knit a gift for one of your loved ones this Christmas, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be delighted to send pictures of other projects I've completed, including multiple baby items (sweaters, hats, booties) and projects large and small for adults or the home.