What makes a successful hand knit?
For me, there are a few ways for a project to be defined as successful.
A technically difficult project that turns out well is successful, even if it is impractical or won’t be worn. Jerry’s Tassled Fez won’t be used but for a few months of the year and I still haven’t figured out what to do with the Leaf Lace Shawl, but the experience gained from knitting them was truly worthwhile.
A project knit for someone who believes they don’t need it, then discovers they can’t live without it is certainly a success. I made Gerald felted slippers and he thought he had no use for them. During the winter he wears them all the time.
There are projects that may have been technically not-too-hard, but they are a success because of their usefulness and wearability. My Sweater comes to mind; also Jerry’s vest and my favorite hat The Fake Isle.
March 7, 2006.
But what is your Best Ever project? I know mine, and you might have guessed it, too. It’s The Blankie.
March, 2006. Maggie is about a month old. See the toes?
The Blankie is the Best Ever because my little Maggie loves it to distraction.
I think it started when my Mom was holding fussy Maggie while I was trying to do something else, like maybe put Jerry to bed or something. She said, “Where’s her blanket?” I brought The Blanket to my Mom and Maggie calmed right down. Our lives have not been the same since.
When I first washed The Blanket, it pilled terribly (Encore Worsted, color 668?). Wouldn’t you know that Mag’s favorite pastime is pulling off the “blanket fuzzies” and eating them?
This morning. Grabbing a fuzzy.
The Blanket is only 18 months old yet it is wearing thin, it is usually a little stinky, and it’s got a few loose strands. I’ll just say it: The Blanket is sorta ugly. I can’t get over how something so simple, so worn out, so crusty, can be the best thing I ever knit.
This morning. Taking a ride.
This morning. “Are you done with my blanket yet?”
What’s your best ever?