I had a mild panic attack the other day. I was leaving for work in the morning and I couldn’t find my house key. It’s normally attached to my car key, and looking closely I could actually see the loose link where the ring must have slipped off.
After searching my purse, car, driveway, garage, and anywhere else I could have dropped it I began to worry. I was absolutely convinced that someone had picked it up and was just waiting for the right moment to empty our house. In a fit of desperation I started calling everywhere I’d been during the week. Well, let’s just say I’m glad I had a distinctive key because as soon as I mentioned I’d misplaced my key the woman on the phone asked if there was a cat on it! Apparently I dropped it in their parking lot and someone brought it inside.
Unfortunately I think it was driven over (let’s be honest, probably by me!) before someone noticed it. The ring was totally bent out of shape and the key cover was torn. I really love that key cover (Knitty Kitty from KeyDot) but I don’t want to risk losing my key again, so it’s time for a replacement.
After browsing around on Ravelry I found the most adorable pattern, Amy Whittingham’s Cozy Keys. I followed the pattern as written and 40 minutes later I had the tiniest sweater I’ve ever seen.
But it wasn’t quite right. The neck was too big and it just slid right off my key. Plus I wasn’t too happy with the sleeves. So I tried again, this time casting on fewer stitches and the neck and picking up fewer for the sleeves.
Just to be on the safe side I worked the key ring through the top of the sweater. In total I spent about two hours, made a teensy dent in the scrap stash (I used leftover KnitPicks Stroll Hand Painted in Hayride), and got something cute I really love. I’d say that was time well spent!