January 13, 2010

Crafting Newbie Rejoices

Look what I MADE:

This.


I MADE this. I decided I wanted to make a hotpad, I consulted Twitter peeps who said wool or cotton yarn would be best and to use a tight weave (I love being able to consult Twitter peeps), and I MADE A HOTPAD. It took me two days of the amount of time I'm interested in spending knitting, which is not much so you know it's a quick project. I used size 6 needles, and I used two strands of yarn at the same time (to make it dense): a strand of 100% wool in orange, and a strand of 100% cotton in a yellow/white.

My goal was a breakfast/sunshine kind of color, but you know what it looks EXACTLY LIKE? Candy corn, that's what.

AMIRITE?


Never mind that I could buy a hotpad for $1.24 on clearance and it would also come with a dishtowel or two. Never mind that I don't even know if this will work as a hotpad or if it will instead scorch the table and/or my hands. I MADE IT. I have CREATED. I know how God must have felt: LET THERE BE HOTPAD.

50 comments:

Melissa said...

"I MADE IT. I have CREATED. I know how God must have felt after the whole light/dark thing." And THAT is why I fervently wish we were neighbors. I would come over with my due-in-seven-weeks baby and we could talk about the things we have MADE and CREATED. I have no idea about knitting but my MIL is teaching me to sew. I am trying to make a baby quilt. So far, no real MAKING or CREATING but I have high, high hopes.

Nicole said...

It does look like candy corn!

Anonymous said...

these are also good for using as a wash cloth!

Jess said...

It is like you have BIRTHED it, somehow. It wasn't and then it WAS, all thanks to you!

Marie Green said...

I actually don't think "candy corn" when I see it. I think "cheerful".

Good job! I'm still working on scarves for mah girls, and it's satisfying. I really like knitting...

Steph the WonderWorrier said...

Hurrah! That's very awesome! And yes, totally looks like candy corn!

A friend of mine from teacher's college said she'll teach me how to knit (I've been wanting to learn for awhile), so I'm very excited for whenever that will begin!

Fran said...

Looks exactly like candy corn! Congratulations on your new talent :)

Joceline said...

Nice! My neighbor made me a few of those that I use as washcloths for wiping off counters, tables, and baby hands and faces. They work great and are very soft!

LoriD said...

I've started to make the knitted washcloths for the school's craft sale next December! I like to knit (keeps my hands out of the cookie jar), but my attention span is short. Your candy corn hot pad is lovely!

Lippy said...

I want to learn how to knit. That looks really cool. I am going to learn how to quilt, I am taking a class next month. Then I too, can make God like creations. wooot woot

Melissa H said...

Excellent work on the candy corn hot pad. Isn't creating fun??

ccr in MA said...

Isn't creation awesome? Phenomenal cosmic power!

The first time I knitted a sock and turned the heel, not understanding how it worked in the least but just blindly following the pattern, I could not get over what I'd done. Knitted a turn! Look at that!

Mommy Daisy said...

I love it, it turned out great. I enjoy knitting dishcloths too. Quick, fun cotton colors, and very useful.

Celeste said...

You are HILARIOUS!!!

It looks great, it's going to work fine. It's going to be even cooler to bring home dishcloths sometime that go perfectly with it, without someone else choosing the mix. Somehow it's more personal.

MoCo Mom said...

I'm impressed. Because I can't do that. Also: candy corn. Love.

Kelsey said...

It's pretty much the way you'd translate "happy" into yarn - LOVE IT!

d e v a n said...

Awesome. It totally looks like candy corn!

Jess said...

Let there be hotpad. SNORT!!!!

Barb @ getupandplay said...

Nom nom nom, candy corn.

parkingathome said...

Aw, I'm hella proud of you, that candycorn pad is quite even. Knitting is hard, HARD. I have no patience for it.

I also love the hand

Sam said...

You are teh awesome. I cannot knit, as my hands are CRAP with the fibro but you are marvelous darling.

Whimsy said...

Beautiful! My mom made us a bunch of crocheted hot pads and at first Chip was all, "Really?"--- as if he was asking if it was okay to use, like wearing a crocheted bathing suit (and dude, I knew a lady who was in her fifties at our church when I was growing up and SHE WORE A CROCHETED BATHING SUIT). ANYWAY. After we got over the initial crocheted/knitted-thing-for-hot-pad-use, they worked really really well.

And lucky for YOU, you did it with natural fibers. My mom used some acrylic (yes, really) yarn and Chip MELTED parts of one when he dropped it on the stove burner.

That was a long comment to say: AWESOME.

Kristi said...

You could now get the baby bird picture with SIX baby birds. :)

the new girl said...

I, my friend, am DULY IMPRESSED.

Lucy said...

Jess's comment made me LOL! Beautiful Swistle! I love it!

Sarah said...

Hah! Kristi's right- you're the mom of six now.
LET THERE BE HOTPAD. Heh.

Nowheymama said...

So cheery in the middle of blah winter!

Tuli said...

I love quick & easy knits. I made a dishcloth while watching a movie last night. Kept my hands busy and I was still able to follow the movie. :)

pickles and dimes said...

Great job! It looks perfect! And mmmmmm...candy corn.

I love the Hand of God in the first pic. :)

Shelly said...

HAHAHAHA!!! Let there be hotpad, indeed. And it was good.

missris said...

I would not have thought "Candy Corn!" immediately but now that you mention it... regardless, CONGRATS! It's beautiful!

Becky said...

I love it! I'm learning to knit too, so I have my own little collection of washcloths.

Debbie said...

That is totally a candy corn hotpad.

It's super cute, way to be crafty. I don't think I have the patience to learn knitting, but I'm always very impressed by people who do.

Tracy H. said...

The hot pad is nice, but the cute little chubby hand is ADORABLE!

hillary said...

It looks great! And a bit candy-corn-esque, but I happen to like candy corn.

HollyLynne said...

Congrats on your creation! Looks fantastic. Yes, very candy corn-y, in a good way!

Firegirl said...

"Let there be hotpad" bwahahahhaaaa.

It's great! But my favorite part of the picture is the little hand.

Lora said...

It's gorgeous. Just like a sunny day.

It's delurking day, so I'm making a point to comment on all my favorite blogs since I'm the world's worst commenter ever.

Love to you and yours on this specialest of all holidays!

Jessa said...

Is Rob available to teach others to knit? LOL

Erin (Snarke) said...

I love knitting and crochet but never make anything bigger than a scarf or hat (which I can only crochet, circular knitting is beyond me) because I have no patience for patterns (and because I am not so good with paying attention to the details). Good job!

sherilee said...

My grandma has made a lot of these over the years. She's 90. So I treasure each and every one. Over the summer I took 4 very colorful ones she gave me and actually framed them. I know that sounds weird, but it's not. They live in my kitchen and I think of her every time I see them. I will post a picture on my grateful list this week if you want to come over and take a look.

Thanks for reminding me of my Grandma! I can't be reminded enough.

Erin (Snarke) said...

Incidentally, the captcha I had to type just now? "Add hot." Seriously!

therextras said...

Not only pretty, but empowering! ;)

Virginia Ruth said...

Hooray candy corn hotpad! That's bound to brighten a table.

Yeah, that "I MADE it" feeling never gets old for me :-)

Kim said...

I was big into cross-stitching for a long time until the day came I'd worked for months and months on a large picture of Minnie Mouse for my god-daughter's bedroom and a friend of mine accidentally got it wet and ruined it. That right there chipped off a little piece of my soul and I haven't done any stitchery since - and that was 12 years ago. This kinda made me want to start doing something like that again. I like it a lot.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Great job.

Kim said...

Marmee. Let there be hotpad. I love your lighthearted approach to things! It's so refreshing!

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

I am impressed. HONESTLY. And a candy corn hotpad is perfect for Halloween....

willikat said...

This post made me laugh out loud. It does sort of look like candy corn, but that color combo is successful for a reason! I like it!

The Amazing Trips said...

Check you OUT, Swistle. That hot pad is a helluva lot better than my hot pad:

http://www.theamazingtrips.com/2010/01/children-this-is-your-mother.html

I think I need to go back to summer camp. That's where I made my first hot pad thirty years ago. Gasp. Clearly, I'm a little rusty.