This year there are many new lives being brought into this beautiful world, which gives me a great excuse to start knitting baby goodies! Recently I helped host my sis-in-law’s baby shower, which really got my mind going. There were so many fun ideas that came to mind that it was hard to settle on just a few. Time is precious after all. I wanted to knit something adorable for my new niece, but also something functional. After all, I am all about the functionality of things to align with minimalism. I settled on a simple flower pacifier clip.
This past year has honestly been such a blur in the best way possible, but there was something missing…my knitting needles. I dabbled with a few cowls and scarves, but nothing new and nothing that was fun or exhilarating. (Not typically a word associated with knitting, I know). What I needed was to test myself with something completely new and without pattern. Often times the idea of “free knitting” can be intimidating to some. No pattern to guide you, no instructions on what yarn and what needle size to use, no stitch counters to be used. Well I don’t know about you, but for me that sounds just about right! If you have ever read a pattern and you understand how to read yarn packaging, then essentially you can create just about anything through “free knitting”. Do keep in mind that the end product often can and always does create something that looks more organic in nature. For instance, in my petals above, not one is alike. I did not want them uniform simply because in nature no flower petals are alike.
This pacifier clip only took about two hours to knit up, which should have flown by faster if I was not so out of shape, so to speak. I did make the pacifier itself removable for washing by sewing in a rubber circle that secures the pacifier into place. Overall, it was a great foundation for me to use when I create these clips in various designs.
I had fun flexing my hand muscles and getting back into the therapeutic rhythm of knitting. I look forward to the Spring, setting up my studio, and peacefully meditating through creation. But…most importantly, I can’t wait to meet my niece soon and see her rocking this pacifier clip in the near future!