Recently, Karen changed into a cute pair of soft joggers after a run that caught everyone's eye - they were a dark green heather and super attractive. Information was exchanged, and Cary ended up ordering several pairs in different colors. I meant to check them out as well, but hadn't made it to the store before her order arrived. We were on a walk one morning when she mentioned that she misjudged her size because what she ordered didn't fit - they were too big. My ears perked up - ooh, maybe they would fit me! I took her joggers home, tried them on, and promptly wrote her a check for them. Boom - I got new clothes and didn't have to shop at all! And lest you think this is a one-time occurrence, I will say that clothing and shoes get passed around within our group quite often, which is really nice. Something will always fit one of us!
As my knitting skills have improved over the years, so has my willingness to try new things. Which is how I ended up knitting a couple of cabled earwarmers as Christmas gifts - and I can show them to you now because the recipients have already opened them! These are knitted back and forth and then seamed together when they are long enough - I made the first one according to pattern directions, and it turned out fine, but I decided to do a provisional cast-on for the second one and used the Kitchner stitch to seam it together, which is a nicer way that makes the seam less noticeable. Here's some pictures to show you what I did:
Top is the first one I made, bottom is the second. They look the same, right?
But wait! Here's the backs - see the difference in seaming? Top was done with a traditional cast on and bind off and then sewn together; bottom was done with the aforementioned provisional cast on and Kitchner seam. Much better, right?
Pattern is Cable Knit Headband, yarn is Madelinetosh ASAP in Well Water colorway. Please excuse the too-close selfie - I had no photographer (aka Jeff) on hand to get the picture before I gave these away, so my short arms did the best that they could under the circumstances.
Now, while the second way is better, the first way is still perfectly fine, and really, the seam won't be seen when you're wearing it. But this is the fun thing about knitting for me...I like trying something, and then realizing that I could take it one step further, which is what I did.
It's almost Christmas, yay! We'll get to spend some good time together as a family, and we've even got the gingerbread houses already purchased and ready for our annual decorating throwdown - hopefully I'll have some time to get a post up with that craziness next week. Any case, have a great weekend and if you celebrate, a very Merry Christmas!