Saturday, January 01, 2011

hands, head and heart

gloves

he who works with his hands is a laborer.
he who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
he who works with his hands, his head, and his heart,
is an artist.
–st. francis of assisi


i adore this quote.

with this new year, i am going to explore more with my hands, head and heart. on four needles is a good enough place to start.

in my mind, hardcore knitters knit socks. though, knitting gloves is ooching its way up there on the serious ladder. all i had to hear was "mom, of course, you can do those!" she was picking out the wool and i was finding the right size for the four needles before i could say "oh, sheeeeeeet."

when my daughter was born over sixteen years ago, i was determined to be a knitter. i checked out books at the public library in brooklyn and read phototutorials in print to teach myself how to knit. i started by making sweaters and hats for her and her brothers.

this pattern is from weekend knitting: 50 unique projects and ideas which is a superlovely book.

the grey bit is the thumb marker. once i do a few more rows and get ready for the fingers, i will have to carefully take those stitches out and work in the round for the thumb and, later, the fingers.

this new year will be an exploratory year while i work on my thesis. i am so freaking excited about this new year. happy new year!

4 comments:

nikkipolani said...

Roomie and I have enjoyed your handiwork as we wore our beenies in the garden during Pruning Week :-)
Happy new year to you, too, sweet friend.

~S said...

Happy knitting. When you get to socks check out Cookie A.s books she has some fun knits. Also check out Knitty.com for some patterns. Happy New Year!

Sis said...

Fun! and I hope you post the finished product, preferably on it's new owner's hand. :)

Val said...

That is a great quote. :)