My dad has a birthday coming up in early December. Recently, I knit a lovely squishy scarf as a gift for him. Here it is being modelled by my sweet boyfriend Mike:
I am a newish and fairly unskilled knitter. I learned how to knit about two years ago, but it did not really take. I was working as a private childcare provider at that time, caring for several very young children. I was also taking a class in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. Needless to say, I was very tired and didn’t have a lot of brain space to perfect new skills!
One of the first things I ever knit was a very simple blue cotton scarf for my dad. It was FULL of mistakes and holes, absurdly long and stretched in weird ways. My sweet dad, however, still wears it daily when the weather gets cold, and proudly shows it off to everyone he meets. (Nice of him, but very embarrassing for me!)
Anyhoot…..last May I left my nannying job, in order to devote all of my energy to my own art and ECE projects. Now that I have more time, energy, and brain-space, I have been hanging out at my wonderful local wool shop, trying to expand and fine-tune my knitting skills.
I decided to make my dad a new scarf!
The pattern came from the book Last minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson. I highly recommend this book for new knitters. The patterns are simple but quite charming. The scarf pattern I used is called “Men’s Cashmere Scarf”. I didn’t use cashmere for this, however. I used a wool yarn from Fleece Artist, called Coraline. It is 100% corridale wool. The yarn is dyed a lovely deep blue called ocean.
(Mike is cute!)
I really enjoyed knitting this scarf. It has fewer mistakes than anything else I’ve knit. SCORE! I am excited to mail it to my dad, and when I visit Newfoundland at Christmas, I’ll take some pictures of him wearing it, to share with you.
Are you knitting anything these days? When you first started, did you make anything ridiculous and dorky? Please share in your comments 🙂