It’s Like I Had A Yarn Shaped Hole In My Life

I don’t think I can find words to describe how much I enjoy knitting. It’s sort of silly to think that something that’s been around for hundreds (thousands?) of years can still feel so cool and so new and so fun every time I pick up my needles. At any given moment I probably have four or five different items in progress with the yarn & patterns ready for another half dozen…and then I get on and end up starting three more projects I had no idea I even wanted to make before I saw them right. that. instant. There’s a reason my Christmas knitting is way behind schedule and it’s not because I don’t knit every chance I get.

There’s just something about yarn – the colors, the textures, the way it feels on my hands – that I cannot resist. Yarn stores have replaced bookstores as the most dangerous place on the planet for my wallet. And then! Turning it into things! Things I can wear! Or other people can wear! It’s like magic! I’m shocked every single time I put on something I made with my own two hands and think “this used to just be yarn and now it is a HAT. HOW did that happen?!” Despite the image I’m trying to project here on the blog with my crafts and projects and creativeness I suck at almost all forms of domesticity. I’m still not good with fabric and terrified of my sewing machine – I’ll leave that to my amazing, talented, awesome, inspiring blog friends – but me and knitting? Amazingly, we’re BFF’S.

Want to see what I’ve been doing instead of finishing the nursery/new bedroom/cleaning/cooking/wrapping presents/deep breathing exercises/taking care of my family? I’m not going to spoil anyone’s Christmas here, so this is just the stuff I’ve finished recently that I’m NOT giving as gifts.

These coffee coozies take almost no yarn and no time so I still plan to make a zillion more before Christmas.

Super easy and comfortable fingerless gloves made from one skein of something really fancy, like baby alpaca and silk (I lost the wrapper so I can't remember exactly). I also lost the other glove, but by "lost" I mean "it's in the hall closet somewhere and I will definitely find it as soon as I get up off this couch."

Bebeh pixie hats. I made three (four? five?) more of these and sent them to friends who were/are expecting babies soon. The yarn is ridiculous - and inexpensive - but it makes for great newborn pictures.

This may never make it onto a baby, because I sort of made up the pattern and it MIGHT be too small for an actual infant, but if it fits? OMFG TEH CUTE!

More fingerless gloves (can you tell I'm afraid to knit fingers?) But they work great when I'm taking pictures or trying to buckle car seats so I'm going with it. These were the Mom's Night Out project Megan wrote the pattern for, designed to be easy enough for even a real beginner.

And this. THIS is me accepting the fact that I am totally having a Christmas baby who will be wearing this pretty much from the moment she's born. I'm OK with that. p.s. I totally made up this pattern too, based loosely on the pixie hat. I'm pretty proud.

And now, back to the knitting.

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14 Responses to “It’s Like I Had A Yarn Shaped Hole In My Life”

  1. Meg says:

    Do you have an Etsy shop? Are you willing to sell a pair of fingerless gloves? Because I would totally pay you money for a pair of lovely, soft fingerless gloves. Seriously. Not kidding.

    Also? Those baby hats? ADORABLE. Can’t wait to see pics of Baby Sandy in that red one.

  2. Kodi says:

    Are you self-taught? I’d like to learn how to knit but I dont know how to get started.

    • bebehblog says:

      Fortunately, I had a friend who taught me the basics & can demonstrate new skills. She runs a yarn shop that has a beginners class – you should see if there’s something like that in your area. Or just spend a lot of time on YouTube – there are a LOT of videos showing you how to get started.

  3. Amanda says:

    I love, love, love the pixie hats! So freakin adorable!

  4. raincheckmom says:

    Luv the Santa hat! Make one for little e too!

  5. Katherine says:

    when i have another bebeh, im going to request a pixie hat because…OMG.

    you’re talented, girl!

  6. sarrible says:

    If you’re not careful you’re going to liberate all your house elves. And then where will you be?

  7. bellegourmande says:

    I second the Etsy shop request—you need to get one! I totally want a hat for my little E. He’s outgrown all the hats that various friends/relatives knitted him, and I know that you would make him one out of soft material, unlike one of his grandmothers who sometimes picks the rough stuff (why? I don’t know). Anyways, you are very talented and I am super impressed. When I tried to learn to knit 8 years ago it was a disaster!

    In other news, I first read the title of the post as “It’s Like I Had a Yam-Shaped Hole in my Life” and thought the post was going to be about how you’ve recently developed a love for yams! Hahaha.

  8. Barbra says:

    I LOVE the pixie hats!! i need to learn to knit so knox can have one.

  9. Cole says:

    LOVE that hat with the ears – and Mommy would definitely buy a pair of those fingerless gloves if you were selling them. :)

  10. I have never been able to finish a knitting/crocheting project. You are my hero.

  11. Nicole says:

    By the way, I did not know this when I read the post originally, but you totally don’t have to be scared to knit fingers. I had never done it before the gloves I’m working on now, and if you can knit in the round, you can knit fingers. It’s just a little messy when you start out–a little like trying to knit with a porcupine. I recommend 4″ DPNs and some little short locking stitch holders. Knit Picks carries the needles.

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