Ideas and Inspiration, Uncategorized

Spats!

Spick and Spats by Madelaine Pippa Bartlett
Spick and Spats by Madelaine Pippa Bartlett

During the cold months (which is most of the year where I live) my wardrobe is entirely based around leggings with pencil skirts. I own about a dozen pairs of leggings (mostly black) and about a dozen different pencil skirts and mini-skirts (many of which I made myself), so it is very easy to toss together an outfit. Just add a neutral sweater and bam! Fancy outfit!

Grey- grey legwarmers by Katya Gorbacheva
Grey- grey legwarmers by Katya Gorbacheva

My extreme laziness loves it. Maybe some would argue that because I am overweight I shouldn’t be wearing pencil skirts, but they’d be wrong. I look fabulous. And more to the point, I feel fabulous in them. And I apparently have a reputation at work for looking spiffy and well put together, so I must be doing something right.

My problem comes with the shoes.

I don’t own a huge number of shoes that work with leggings. Ankle booties are the style I favour with my leggings and I own 2 pairs, but I get tired of wearing the same two pairs of booties all fall, winter, and spring. It gets boring. And, in all honesty, none of them are quite high enough or warm enough for the crazy snow that we get. It hasn’t been a huge deal because the walk from my car into my office is about 9 feet, but my office is moving and our parking is no longer going to be 9 feet away, it is going to be almost two blocks away. Suddenly my less-than-toasty leggings and booties are more of a problem.

So guess what I’m knitting!

SPATS!

No, seriously, just go with me on this for a minute. This is a brilliant idea.

  • Quick knitting project, so I can fairly easy get a few pairs in different colours/designs hammered out.
  • Spats will allow me to change up the look of my shoes/outfit with very little effort.
  • I can make them with a foldable cuff. On super cold days I can extend the cuff to create a sort of leg warmer.
  • Warm feet!
  • Keeps up with my whole retro look (…though I will admit the era of spats isn’t in alignment with my retro 50’s look I’m rocking these days)

I’ve already started a pair. Just a super basic 2×2 rib in black Redheart Super Saver I had kicking around. Mostly just a proof of concept, but honestly I can’t see why I wouldn’t love some spats. If these work out (and I can’t see why they wouldn’t) I will start experimenting with different design elements like ruffles, lace, buttons, cables, etc. as well as bright colours.

General, Ideas and Inspiration, Real Life, Uncategorized

Back in the saddle

20160630_131115 we’ve been in our new house for a month now and holy hell, is it ever wonderful. Best part is that the house is basically unpacked a d sorted out now, including……. MY SANCTUARY! (aka. My office aka. My knitting room)

20160605_142607You know I wasn’t sure if this room would be as good as I hoped it would be. I tend to Clark Griswold things, invest a lot of energy and emotion on certain things working out a certain way, building things up in my head, and inevitably sometimes they don’t quite live up to what I imagined. This room though has actually surpassed my expectations!

It features :

  • A super comfy day bed positively covered in pillows, quilts, a sheepskin, and other soft squishy comfortable things. (cheaper and waaaaay better than a couch)
  • A big over sized desk (given to me by my aunt and uncle who didn’t want it anymore) for me to use when I work from home
  • A smart TV that also serves as a second monitor for me when I work from home
  • A knitting closet for storing all my knitting supplies/stash
  • A DOOR so I can close myself off and have some quiet Lesley time when I need it

It is, as you can imagine, magnificent. It works in every way. It is a great home office for me. It is a great private space for me. And it is a great knitting room for me.

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This is before I got my desk fromy aunt and uncle, but you get the idea.

 

So now that things are sorted I have finally been getting back to knitting. Currently I’m working on my sock yarn blanket and holy hell, does it ever feel great to get back into knitting. The relaxation and meditative nature of knitting for me was sorely missed. I haven’t counted the new of blocks I’m at, my plan is to counter once I’m at the end of a row again.

 

In other news, my need for winter gear is getting jacked up. My office is moving and the parking is going to be about 2 blocks walk away so I am really going to need warm snow gear this year. Since I primarily wear pencil skirts with leggings I  definitely going to want leg warmers or something like that. I have some ideas involving multiple sock yarns. We shall see.

 

General, Ideas and Inspiration, Real Life, Uncategorized, Yarn

An unemployed Lady Eleanor

Today is my last day at my current job. Been here for eight years, and have been working for the government for almost ten years (!!!) and today is my last day. I start a new job September 8th, so I have 10 days to be “unemployed”. THRILLING! Ten whole days off! Yahoo!!!!

Err, I actually have no idea what the hell I am going to do with myself for the next week. I have some things planned, like a beach day with my best friend who is taking a day off just for me, and I want to finalize my pattern write up for my Tri-Blend cowl, but for the most part I’m looking at a week of… I don’t know what. Its sort of pathetic, I know. Everyone (myself included) always wishes they had more time off, and now I have it and I’m panicking. (It is sort of like my experience with the furby.) The yesterday was my going away lunch here at work, and they presented me with a giftcard for Yarns On York (my LYS) and I got an idea…

Wouldn’t it be nice to use that yarn gift card on some yarn for an “unemployment project”?

Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole
© lunchables

So that’s the new plan – to start a new project using yarn purchased with my parting gift, and then see how much I can get done during my 10 day stint between jobs, and the pattern I am looking at is the Lady Eleanor Entrelac Stole. After making my entrelac hat and seeing how easy entrelac is and loving the end result, I’m definitely ready to do another, larger entrelac project. This stole is gorgeous and looks really impressive. It looks like one of those “seems a lot harder than it actually was” projects, which are always fun. Sort of like the old Rice Crispy Treats commercial. (Remember that commercial? For whatever reason that commercial is burned in my brain for all time.)

Anyway, the stole. Yeah, I really like it, and a big part of that is because of the colour blocks that happen. I looked at the projects for that pattern and it would appear that a LOT of people used Noro Silk Garden yarn.

This is a problem because Noro, to me, feels yucky. I’ve never knit with it, and I am fully prepared to admit that it may very well be fantastic and wonderful. The fact that so many people use and love Noro should lead me to believe that it is probably nice, but man… it feels yucky. Coarse or something. Every time I go to a yarn shop I look at Noro and wonder if maybe I should give it a shot because, man, I love those colours, but then I pick up a ball and have a “Eeeuuugh!” reaction and put it back.

I asked on Ravelry what the deal was with so many people making this project with Noro Yarn and the consensus seems to be that the colours of the Noro yarns work really well with this pattern, and that Noro yarn knits up a lot more nicely than it feels in the balls. Apparently it knits up quite nicely and it apparently gets softer and nicer with repeated washings. I am fairly trusting in the advice of people on Ravelry, but this is a big project, and I would need 10 skeins of the stuff…. Big investment.

So what’s a girl to do?

Honestly, I think I’m going to bit the bullet and just get the 10 skeins of Noro Silk Garden and hope it ends up okay. I like the project enough to risk it. I mean, seriously, look at that picture! How gorgeous is that!! And maybe the yarn leap of faith is fitting since I am making it to mark my career change leap of faith. 🙂

 

If anyone has any experience with Noro yarns go ahead and tell me what you think in the comments!

Roundup, Uncategorized

Knitted purses done right

As the warmer weather approaches I have been looking towards projects that aren’t so focused on keeping me warm. I have long wanted to make a knitted purse that I could use every day but I feel like this is a tricky project, and not because they are hard to make.

The problem with knitted purses is that they can end up looking really tacky.

There. I said it. I said the thing you aren’t supposed to say, but it is true! Weird Al is the only person who could pull off a lot of the knitted purses out there. (Sidenote: man do I love Weird Al! Going to his concert later this year! YEAH!) I love to knit and love the look of most knitted things, but I am fully and completely aware that it is very easy to make very tacky, kitschy, dare I say ugly knitted things. VERY easy. I am also prepared to admit that some of the things I have made are ugly. (Cabled Leg Warmers, I’m looking at you…) Knitting is already regarded as being a dorky hobby, no need to compound that by knitting tacky ugly things. I am far from being a slave to fashion, but I do think that how you look and present yourself to the world has an effect on how you are treated. Maybe it isn’t fair or right, but it is just how it is. Plus, I am a civil servant and (unfortunately) have the expectation upon me to look more or less professional and civil servant-y (whatever the hell that means) most of the time.

[pullquote]My other problem is that I have a long history of atrocious taste in purses. I LOVE purses and often end up buying the ugliest purses on the planet. I have literally had strangers come up to me and insult my purse. I have learned to approach purses very cautiously.[/pullquote]So, how do I do the knitted purse while still looking fashionable? There are a TON of patterns out there for knitted purses in every shape and style imaginable, so first I look for knitted purse patterns that have elements I like in the purses I would buy!

  1. Not too big but able to carry what I need without over-stuffing
  2. good pocket placement
  3. comfortable strap at a good length
  4. structured
  5. not overly detailed or fussy

Then I take out the ones that have knitted elements that I find tacky, like the use of novelty yarn. To me, novelty yarn is NEVER the right option. Never ever. (Except maybe in this cute hedgehog pattern…) I also assess whether I think a non-knitter would be likely to wear the purse. If not, well,… maybe it isn’t the best choice.

So what does that leave me with? A surprising amount actually! I think I have narrowed it down to the following patterns.

For purses on the more simple side of things, I love this Braided Cable Handle Tote by Amanda Silveira. (Free pattern) Uncomplicated but still interesting thanks to the cables. And it is felted, and we all know how much I like felting!

For something a little more detailed, the Bee’s Knees purse by Andre Sue is pretty fantasic. Love the pockes and the stitch patten, the straps are nice and wide, and a fun liner fabric can do a huge amount to make it extra exciting and fun (while still being fashionable and untacky). The only think I’m not in love with is the garter stitch for the handle, but that is easily changed.

This DROPS design Bag with cable pattern (free pattern) is pretty simple and I think could be nice if done in a solid colour. It is a pattern I keep coming back to but for some reason I just don’t think it is right for me personally. Maybe it is the shape.

This Pleats Purse I by Josephine Woo (paid pattern) is pretty, felted, and interesting with the pleats. I also LOVE the mustard colour of the purse in the project photos and it is possible I’m responding more to the colour than I am to the purse design.

One pattern I keep coming back to is The Cinch by Nora J. Bellows. Part of me thinks it is too big and bulbous, but man… I just love how it looks. The belted detail adds so much and would be well worth the hassle of having to buy the hardware and do the extra work to finish it. The pattern is a bit pricey at $8.50, but very possibly may be worth it for me.

 

But then I think, hey, a purse is just a big pocket with some straps… maybe I can design my own! And that may very well be what I end up doing. I do like all the above options (especially Bee’s Knees), so maybe I can take the different elements I like from the different patterns and create a brand new design that exactly matches what I want in a purse. It isn’t like designing a sweater where fit matters. Its just a purse, after all. And this is knitting. If it ends up ugly I can always frog. 🙂

 

I am always open to suggestions so please leave in the comments any other patterns or ideas!

 

Links to all the patterns mentioned in this post:

Braided Cable Handle Tote by Amanda Silveira

Bee’s Knees by Andre Sue

98-54 Bag with cable pattern by DROPS design

Pleats Purse I – Knit Version by Josephine Woo

#146 The Cinch by Nora J. Bellows
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I’m taking a knitcation.

Today is my birthday. I love birthdays. I’m one of those people who thinks everyone should have an awesome birthday day and normally this would be a day where I am all sunshine and daisies and obnoxiously happy. Not this year. No, it has been a trying 12 hours. Why?? Well….

I drew what I think the animal my kid was imitating must look like. My art skills leave something to be desired, but you get the idea. It is Godzilla with an ambulance for a head.
  • Horrible night’s sleep for various reasons such as randomly waking up for no thinking its morning (hate when that happens),  being too hot, having bad dreams, my husband snoring, and (by far the worst) my husband farting and the stink being so bad that it woke me up. (He CLAIMS it wasn’t him, or at least that I can’t prove it was him, but come on… He is the farter in this marriage.)
  • Out of nowhere and with no warning my hair dryer went all Klingon and decided that perhaps today is a good day to die. I am stuck with two french braids today. I look like a (very grumpy) adult Heidi.
  • My kid decided to spend the morning making loud ”WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-UGGGGGGNNNNNNN” noises repeatedly. It is hard describe, but if you imagine a mix of Godzilla’s scream and an ambulance siren, interpreted by an eight year old with a cold, you’d at least have the gist of it. Possibly the most annoying sound in the world. That noise, over and over and over. When I told him to stop he looked at me as though I was making a truly unreasonable request of him, like what he was doing was totally un-annoying. Yes, clearly I am the crazy one in this situation…
  • During a small close-quarters meeting a work a guy farted FOUR TIMES. This was a 20 minute meeting. That is a fart every five minutes. During a business meeting. In a small meeting room. I get the sense that the guy probably couldn’t help it, but that doesn’t make it not unpleasant.

This, so far, is how I have spent my birthday.

So basically, I give up. There is only so much a girl can take, and for all this to be on my birthday… It is all just ridiculous. In order to not resort to outright weeping or going on some sort of manic killing spree I have decided to use one of my precious vacations days so that I have something to look forward to. I am making this weekend a long one, I’m going to be taking Monday off to spend the day at home, relaxing, and knitting. No one else, just me, my needles, some tea, and some Stampy Cat (stampylonghead) and Squid Nugget (iBallisticSquid) to amuse me. Yes, I am 33 and enjoy youtube videos meant for kids. I’m not embarrassed or apologizing for it. Those two are properly entertaining no matter how old you are. And it is harmless, good-natured, non-violent, and just plain funny. Stampy and Squid are my favourite things to watch while I knit (with Iron Chef Japan coming in second).

Sweet sweet mindless entertainment… Ahhhhh 🙂

So that is my plan for Monday. I’m taking a big fat Knitcation.

  • knitting
  • all-day jammies
  • hot cups of tea
  • Stampy and Squid
  • possibly taking a nap (!!!)

The amount that I am looking forward to this cannot be measured or described in words, and (aside from Stampy and Squid) I think my plan for Monday would appeal to a lot of knitters. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that I never seem to have as much time as I want to do my knitting, so taking a whole day is stupendously luxurious and thrilling.

I do hope the rest of today goes better but if it doesn’t, well, I still have Monday. 🙂

 

Ideas and Inspiration, Roundup, Uncategorized

Wool-free knits for the home

I have some people in my life who aren’t wool friendly. Either by preference or due to allergy, some people just don’t want wool things. I feel bad for them for wool is a pretty fantastic fiber with a lot of pretty amazing qualities and since learning to knit my appreciation and love of wool has exploded. Plus, in terms of yarn to knit with, it has been my experience that wool is just nicer and more comfortable to knit with.

But I digress. Sometimes you want to knit something for someone and wool is just out of the question, and that is a situation I am currently faced with. My eldest sister Amy is allergic to wool, and yet I would like to knit her something. I had originally planned to knit her mittens but that ended badly (to put it mildly). And where the winter is coming to a close I think I’d like to knit her something she could use all year around. I don’t have it in me to knit her a blanket (the one I am making for myself is enough, thank you very much) so I am left with items for the home. After doing some pattern searching on Ravelry I have come up with a couple of ideas.

Dishcloths

Dishcloths like Grandmother’s Favourite (free pattern) are the obvious choice and clearly a very popular design. I’m not in love with the idea of making some dishcloths as it seems so cliche and a bit of a cop out.  Their utility and the high likelihood of their being used is appealing though. If I did make her some dishcloths they would have to be interesting or special or unique in some way. Something like Sinkmates (paid pattern) would allow me to make it at least a bit interesting with different colours of borders. The interest could come from the shape of the cloths, like in The Almost Lost Washcloth (free pattern). The vaguely floral shape is at least a little more fun. The other option would be to make them more interesting by using a different stitch pattern like in the pattern Three Dishcloths (free pattern). More interesting or not, they would still be dishcloths and a little boring.

Potholders

See, this is where I start to gain interest. There is SO MUCH POTENTIAL for awesomeness in potholders, mostly because they are very often done in double knitting so you can make them in fun patterns and much more personalized. Like these awesome Star Trek Pot Holders (free pattern). We’re all Trekkies so this would be pretty cool. Hell, I want to make these for myself! Or what about this Pizza Potholder (free pattern)! Amy loves pizza so maybe this is a brilliant idea. Of, of course, I could always go the more grown up route and just make them pretty and classy, like these Scrollwork DF-Square in 2 Options (paid pattern). Super pretty and probably would be at least interesting to knit. The problem with potholders, though, is that I always feel like they should be done in wool for the best heat resistance and safety etc.

Other Various Options

Amy likes to drink tea so maybe a tea cosy would be good, like the Cabled cafetière & tea cosy(free pattern). I think it looks quite nice actually, but a problem arises in terms of teapot size and whether it would fit. I feel like I would have to buy a teapot, knit a cosy to fit it, and then give her both the teapot and the cosy, and I’m pretty positive she already has at least one teapot.

I really like this Home Pillow (paid pattern) and I think it would be a nice little gift, especially since Amy has semi-recently purchased her first home. It would be easy to add a second word or motif on the back as well to make it more personalized. I always worry about giving people large items for their home like this because it is pretty presumptuous that your gift will fit their style.

Maybe something small and simple, like A Burst Of Light Tealight Cosy (free pattern). One, it wouldn’t take me very long to make it. I’d probably be able to make a couple as a little set. It would be fun to show off some different stitch patterns, a different pattern for each one. And I really think they are quite pretty, with the light shining through the knit, showing off the stitch detail. Then again, the only reason why I think these are so cute is very likely because I am a knitter and a non-knitter may find them kind of cheesy.

 

Many options to decide from. As yet I haven’t been able to decide what would be best.

I am always open to suggestions so please leave in the comments any other patterns or ideas!

 

Links to all the patterns mentioned in this post:

Grandmother’s Favorite by Traditional Design

Sinkmates by Lorilee Beltman

The Almost Lost Washcloth by Julie Tarsha

Three Dishcloths by Joan James

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Star Trek Potholders by Ilana MacDonald

Pizza Potholder by Lina Wolf

Scrollwork DF-Square in 2 Options by Wineta

Cabled cafetière & tea cosy by Ruth Churchman

The Home Pillow by Fifty Four Ten Studio

A Burst Of Light Tealight Cosy by Emma Percy

 

 

Ideas and Inspiration, projects, Uncategorized

Three words: Thrummed Rainbow Insoles

Sweet mother of pearl it is brutal winter, and I say this as born and raised Canadian well used to the yearly ravages of winter. This winter is pretty terrible and extreme and my normal cold weather gear just hasn’t been sufficient. Projects like my birthday sprinkles hat and my shimmy mittens have been important additions that have helped me to stay warm but my feet remain cold, even at home.

Enter my brilliance!

Thrummed Knitted Rainbow Insoles
They may look crazy and alien-like, but sweet mercy are they awesome!

A couple of nights ago I was digging through my knitting bench and unearthed a half done thrummed slipper I started a couple of months ago. I had knit it using some crap acrylic Red Heart Super Saver and thrummed it with some properly lovely rainbow wool roving. I think my thought was to make it out of crap acrylic for durability and then line the whole thing with lovely wool thrums for comfort and warmth. Also,  I say half done because I never got further than the sole of the slipper. I actually declared the project killed a couple of months ago and pulled the needle out, not even bothering to slip it on to some scrap yarn. When I found the slipper bottom I had a sudden moment of brilliance. If I was Jimmy Neutron I would have hollered “Brain blast!“.

I took the half finished slipper bottom and stuffed it in to one of my Juno slippers and then put the slipper on. BAM! I just made the best and most warm slippers this universe has ever seen! I quickly crocheted the live edge of the slipper bottom to lock it in and keep it from unraveling (more) because this was BRILLIANT. In my slipper it turned what was an awesome slipper in to a parade of warmth and comfort, so I started thinking “What if I put them in my boots?”. DOUBLE BAM! More crazy warmth and comfort! I NEED to knit a matching one because damn, this is awesome. I predict I will leave them in my slippers for the most part but I’m not going to aggressively and securely attach them inside my slippers just yet. I love the idea of having removable insoles like this that I can use in different things.

So basically, I’m a genius. I have *invented knitted thrummed insoles.

Now…. I just need to knit a second one….

*yes, I know I am probably not the first person to do this. Quit ruining my fun!
Ideas and Inspiration, Uncategorized

Rounding the corner

I have been working a lot on my Sock Yarn Justification Blanket, which is extremely easy uncomplicated knitting. Enjoyable but pretty mindless, and I really feel like I need something more complicated to challenge myself with. I know I COULD be working on my Stripes Gone Crazy sweater, but another idea has struck me…

I have this idea for a hat, where the cables coming down from the top of the hat start small but get bigger, and then turn 90 degrees to become the bottom border as well. I haven’t seen a pattern like this, nor am I going to go looking for one. I want to see if I can create this pattern on my own and figure out how to make it work. Obviously the challenges are going to be:

1. making the cables grow from the top in a smooth way that maintains the look of the cables

2. pulling off the 90 degree turn while having the cabled pattern continue smoothly

3. doing a clean connection between the the rounded turn of the cable and the rest of the bottom band

Big part of this is going to be choosing a cable pattern that isn’t so complicated that rounding the turn is impossible. I’m sort of tossed up on whether to do this bottom up or top down. I can see how both are possible. Right now I am leaning towards top down for the hat construction, but before I start the hat as a whole I think I am going to have to do some test knits of how the cables will grow and how to pivot the design 90 degrees. Methinks there be some shortrows in my future…

 

Uncategorized, Yarn Dyeing

EXPERIMENT: Dying my own yarn (part 1)

After making my felted slippers and a pair of felted mittens for my kid I am pretty hooked on it. I love how fast they are to knit (slippers made in one day, mittens made in one evening) and I love the texture and warmth of the felted items. Plus, tossing these extra huge items in to the washer and just hoping they turn out is thoroughly entertaining, though nerve wracking. So far I have only used the basic Lion’s Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Oak Tweed and the end result in terms of colour is a bit blah. Fine, but not exactly exciting. I have decided to turn this up to eleven and use different coloured yarns for felting. But not only that, I am dying my own yarn! SHABAM![pullquote]If you mind having your hands turn colours you may want to wear gloves when do dye. My hands are bright green at the moment because I did not.[/pullquote]

 

I’m being far from scientific or exacting with this, but I did record some basic values.

  • 4 balls of Fisherman’s Wool (Oak Tweed), each ball weighing 40g
  • Blue dye (1 tsp Wilton’s blue dye, 3 cups of hot water, 1 tbsp vinegar)
  • Yellow dye (1 tsp Wilton’s yellow dye, 3 cups of hot water, 1tbsp vinegar).
Looks pretty disgusting, frankly...
Super classy and professional dye method! ha ha ha

I briefly soaked the balls in water to try to saturate them a bit and then placed them in ziplock baggies with the dye, 2 in each bag. I let them sit there in the dye for ~15 minutes, squishing them occasionally to try to get the dye to penetrate but being very careful not to agitate them too much in case they felted. I then took them out of the dye (which I have saved in jars for later) and put them new baggies (one for the yellow balls, one for the blue balls). I microwaved the wet dye soaked balls for 1:30minutes each and they are now sitting in their baggies at home cooling off and (hopefully) having the dye really take. [pullquote]Everything I have read online says that dye bonds with wool at 180 degrees Fahrenheit (80 degrees Celsius) and that you must make sure your dye reaches that temperature.[/pullquote]I’m vaguely concerned over how much the blue will take, I have read a number of things that indicates that blue can be tricky. Fingers crossed though. I can’t wait to get home this evening to see what I have made!

 

Part two of my yarn dying experiment

Part three of my yarn dying experiment

General, Ideas and Inspiration, Roundup, Uncategorized

Time to get my knit together in my car I think…

While looking for patterns for a knitted teacosy for my sister I came across a “cosy” category for cars. Well, obviously I had to check it out because what I was picturing was a gigantic teacosy type thing to go around your entire car. I appreciate that wasn’t a terrible logical assumption for me to make.

 

Gear Stick Sock by imawale imawale

Obviously it wasn’t enormous car cosies (which was slightly disappointing), but what I did find was some brilliant items. Stuff like this Gear Shift Sock. This is a hugely brilliant idea for me. I drive stickshift and my god does that knob get extremely burny hot in the summer and extremely burny cold in the winter. A sock over it would solve everything!! Plus, pretty knitting!

 

Pimp your car by Florentine

I also saw Pimp your car which is to replace the material surrounding your gear shift. I don’t mind my black fabric around my gear shift but hey, if I can make it pretty knit why the hell wouldn’t I?!

In the process of getting all excited about these two items I also started thinking about knitting head rest covers as well, which I also think is brilliant. Or seatbelt sleeve things so that it doesn’t uncomfortably cut in to my neck. What a fantastic way to use up leftover yarn, amirite?! I also saw some patterns for steering wheel covers (like this) which I like in theory but I would worry about them being slippy and therefore a safety hazard.

The ability to knitify my car is making me crazy excited. I mean, seriously, why didn’t I think of this earlier?! I am 1000% doing this. It makes me wonder about other things I could/should be knitifying that I haven’t thought of yet.