Gaining Satisfaction


Pattern: Odessa (sans beads)
Yarn: RY Cashsoft DK
Needles: Addis Size 6 and 4, 40in, magic loop method

With the weather what it is today (80 degrees!!) it’s hard to see when I’m going to start wearing this hat. Perhaps this Indian Summer will end soon so I can!  If I make it again I’m going to use an aran weight, I don’t like so many holes in a pattern where I wasn’t too sure it was supposed to be ‘lacy’. It was super quick to knit and the pattern repeat was easy to memorize. It was also a great hat to practice examining your stitches. Enough SSKs make you realize that Yes they slant to the left.

This was the first time I knitted a hat with the magic loop and I find it completely satisfying.  Like I said before, if you’re into knitting with 2 circs I think this is a no brainer to try.  It saves such moola in buying DPNs But again, you gotta love what you make and how you make it so to each his/hers own! This methods was perfect for me.

I was feeling a little frustrated for not having a FO  for what seemed like a really long time… perhaps it’s because I kept on casting on for things but not finishing them. Plus the fact that my knitting time has been minimal this past week… AND when you have 3 to 4 projects on the needles of course it takes longer to finish them all because of giving each time.   I have been thirsting for that FO satisfaction… a big Old Check mark in the DONE column.  A hat will do that every time!

I still have the Bolero to finish, I’ve just finished the back and am working on the two fronts… PLUS, I want to cast on for the Rusted Root which I had so decidedly declared was my Rheinback knit! Perhaps the bolero will take it’s place? I also have another sock to finish and I once again am getting an urge to cast on for something new…  I feel like that whole metaphor of starting things and not finishing them is such a theme to my LIFE sometimes!

I did a bit of charity knitting this week.  I confess that I’m not good at doing those sorts of things on my own. I don’t mind at ALL knitting for people I love, I actually take a bit of pride in what I create for friends and family, knowing that they cherish and appreciate the time and love that goes into it.  But I just am not good with the charity knitting, I have great intentions and I want to but  I just don’t follow through.  I have about 3 hats in my apartment waiting to be mailed out to a charity for months now and I just haven’t gotten around to mailing them… what’s my deal? I need a good swift kick in the butt sometimes to get me going… enter Patricia!

This past Monday, Patricia from Patricia’s Yarns in Hoboken hosted a charity knitting party.  We drank wine and ate Fabulous Brick oven pizza at Grimaldi’s while knitting these cute bears. We are knitting for the Mother Bear Project, which donates  bears to children who are born with HIV and AIDS in Africa.  I find it funny that we are knitting bears wearing pants, sweaters and scarves to children who may not have the necessity to wear any of the kind! BUT alas, it is for a good cause and the faces of the children who receive these bears are priceless. 

I’m one leg short of sewing the bear up, so I’m pouring myself a beer, turning on the Yanks and enjoying my charity knit for the night.

3 thoughts on “Gaining Satisfaction

  1. Denise says:

    Did you know there is a group that meets weekly on Sunday evenings in Jersey City at The Beachwood on Grove Street? We meet from 6 – 9 p.m. We used to have a member who was good with the magic loop, but she moved before we could figure it out. If you would be interested in coming to our group, I know we’d enjoy having a demonstration!


  2. JulieFrick says:

    Hey there! I made an Odessa as well and really do like it, but it feels…loose. I’m going to do it again with beads, so we’ll see what changes. Lovely, and your color choice is great w/ your hair.


  3. Kirsten says:

    Your Odessa looks lovely.
    I really wanted to get to Patricia’s for the Mother Bear Project, but my kids have too many activities on Monday nights. Oh well, maybe next time. It sounds like it was a lot of fun!


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