Archive for May, 2015

Keeping Watch

Monday, May 11th, 2015

I’ve been thinking lately about how sometimes when words fail me, I make things.  I make muffins, and mittens, and bracelets, I give worry stones, and pinecones, and decorated journal books.  I pour time and care into objects when I don’t know what to say, or do, to make things better for friends and acquaintances who are struggling.

Recently I’ve made lots of little knitted trinkets, to amuse, and comfort friends.  I search through Ravelry looking for patterns that are meaningful, and could express my care and concern, and be an ever-present reminder that the recipient is in my thoughts.  

Over the weekend I found a cute pattern for a gargoyle, a creature that watches and protects during the dark hours, when hope is sometimes lost, and futures forgotten.   
  

The little guy is knit in pieces in the round, stuffed, and made pliable with pipe cleaners inside the arms and legs.  It only took a day to create the wee beast.  The pattern is clear to follow, and best of all it’s free!

Knit one for yourself, or for someone who needs a little watching over.

Protection

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

A friend has taken to reading the Twilight series, and that has brought conversations about vampires to the forefront for the last few days.  To combat any potential vampire attack, I decided that it would be prudent to keep garlic on hand to ward them off. 


I knit the garlic according to this pattern.  It’s neat how the stitching up at the end really transforms it into a true garlic shape.

It is now sitting on my friend’s shelf, right by the vampire books, offering protection to all.