Knitting with love

A few months ago we found out my father has cancer. It was pretty scary, for me, especially given that he is the only parent I have left because my mother died of cancer almost ten years ago. He has since had surgery to remove it and all looks good, but he is having eight rounds of chemo. He just completed round three. He goes every other week.

With all that was going on, I have been thinking a lot about my Dad lately. The other day I was grocery shopping and I saw these hot dogs and could not believe they were real. When I was a little girl my father used to sing the Armour Hot Dogs song, among others, during long car rides. For some reason I still, to this day, have the lyrics memorized. But I always had just thought it was some crazy song my Dad made up or changed the words to, until I saw the hot dogs in the store last week.

So then today I was curious, if the hot dogs are real, were the lyrics real? So I YouTubed it and found the original commercial!! I love it, although I realize these days some might find if offensive. I am not one of those people, I think it’s great.

The lyrics:

Hot dogs, Armour Hot Dogs. What kind of kids eat Armour Hot Dogs? Fat kids, skinny kids, kids who climb on rocks, tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox love hot dogs! Armour hot dogs. The dogs kids love to bite.

Anyway, so I am knitting my Dad a hat. He asked me to. I have decided to go with a gray hat with blue stripes. I could make it neon pink and yellow and he would wear it just so he could tell people his daughter made it for him. Seriously. Knit with love. Because he is losing his hair due to the chemo treatments.

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Two Sweater WIPs

Currently I have two sweaters on the needles. The entire time I was knitting a Flax for Hannah, Naomi kept asking me if it was for her, where’s her sweater, why aren’t I knitting her a sweater?

I cast on her Flax, and since she’s a small three year old I have gotten pretty far, pretty quickly:

After getting that far I had this whole debate with myself over whether or not I should drop the purple entirely. Someone on Facebook said to switch it for a lighter purple, others said to drop it entirely.  I am trying to use up the yarn I have and didn’t want to go out and buy some for a sweater that will likely get covered in dirt and only worn through this one winter. Ultimately I am leaving the purple. I had to add something other than the teal because I don’t have quite enough of it. Then I had added the pink but Naomi was asking for purple and this is just what I had. As long as she is happy with it, which I am sure she will be.

My other work-in-progress is a Light Rain sweater for myself. I am so excited about this sweater. It’s a pattern by Joji Locatelli, available on Ravelry. I am making size medium and using a grey yarn.

I have only just started and I’m still very new to the wrap and turns on the purl side, so they are looking like this for some reason:

I don’t think they are supposed to look like that, because I’m wrapping and turning on both ends, and the wraps on the end where I would pick up on the knit side look different than the wraps above, where I picked up on the purl side.

The pattern tells me I am working on the back of the sweater right now so I will carry on and try not to worry too much about it. If anyone knows what I’m doing wrong and has some advice? That would be great!

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Finished: Flax Sweater

Pattern: Flax by Tin Can Knits

Purchased from: free on Ravelry

Yarn used: Caron, worsted weight

Here are a few progress shots taken while I was working on the Flax Sweater for my 9 year old daughter, Hannah.

This was my first time knitting a sweater and I am so glad I started with a Flax. The directions are well written and easy to follow. Plus it’s on Ravelry. I joined a Tin Can Knits Ravelry group when I was stuck and asked a question and it didn’t take long before I had an answer. I thought that was great and I was so grateful.

Finished Flax Sweater

I did knit the sleeves a bit longer than the pattern said to, and I made the ribbing on the wrist longer than the pattern called for. I want to make sure Hannah can wear this for a while!! She is so happy with it and was so excited.

It took me just under a month to knit. I started on September 10 and finished on October 5. I might have finished it sooner if I didn’t work full time :/

Anyway, it was great to knit and I’ve already got a second one started, smaller, for my youngest daughter, Naomi. I’m going to drop the garter stitch on this one and add some stripes in the body, I think. We’ll see.

Yesterday I stopped by WEBS and picked up a yarn order for my own sweater. I intend to knit myself Light Rain by Joji Locatelli. I also bought a ball winder and swift! I can’t wait to use it. Weird? Maybe.

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