It’s that time of year again! I am knitting like a woman possessed and can’t show much of anything because I love surprises. My knitting bag is too full of projects to close properly, and there’s a nice little stack of things piling up in the guest room. If I remember to photograph them before they find their new owners (I am horrible about forgetting that), I can share them later.
This little lovely, though, met its owner last week, so I can share my latest contribution to my effort to wrap all babies in wool:
This is the Latte Baby Coat knit in Cascade Ecological Wool. I love the border, the hood, and especially the buttons.
Is it weird to love the non-knitted part of a knitted project best of all?
The pattern was nicely written and I would knit it again. It was a pleasure to make it for Tallis.
Now, back to Christmas knitting!
They’re done, and I’m tickled.
The second pair is on the needles!
It’s been a regular mitt factory here with the hand spun yarn! This is the second pair from the same skein.
I almost had enough for a third pair, too, but I put the rest of the yarn into the bag with the other handspun remnants and started these lovelies with another skein from this summer’s Tour de Fleece:
The second one will start with blue on the cuff. They will be very obviously fraternal twins. Subtle, no.
I love seeing the hand spun yarn grow up!
It’s project starting season around here, so finished anythings are worth celebrating! These mitts make me smile all the more because they’re knit from yarn I spun myself.
I had no idea what this yarn would grow up to be while I was spinning it, and it had two trials as a scarf before getting serious and settling down.
I absolutely love that they are not identical.
These green mitts are also hot off the needles:
They await some companions before winging off to their future home.
I’m not done with Christmas knitting by a long shot, but it sure is nice to have a couple things crossed off the list in early October!
I was working outside the home in 2011, and even though I was working in a knitting shop and felt like I was knitting like a woman possessed, I had to give unfinished projects to the kids for their hand knit gift that Christmas. Over the next year, I finished 3 out of the four, and one sad project sat and sat and sat. I looked at picking it back up several times, but by that time I’d lost some of the printed pattern with my notes on it, and it was going to be a mind-zombifying project to just figure out where I was. So it sat some more, and the girlie would ask me every so often if I was going to finish her vest.
I still love that pattern, but I suspected that the size I’d chosen almost 2 years ago was not going to fit the girl anymore. The only way to worsen my lame gift was to make it in a size too small, so I frogged it and asked the girl to browse Ravelry with me for vest patterns she liked.
This is what she chose. It’s called Shawl Collar Vest by Jennifer Miller, and is free on Ravelry. It comes in 2 sizes, and is entirely made out of ribbing, so the sizing is pretty forgiving. Even so, my choice of smaller size and smaller needles almost made it too small. The construction is clever, and the finished object looks like an utter mistake until it’s been put on.
As of today, I am finally finished with Christmas knitting for 2011. Shameful, isn’t it? I’d better get a move on with Christmas 2013. (And what on earth did I knit for 2012?)
The Tour de Fleece ended yesterday. I finished my final skein at dusk, which was pretty good timing, I think! The photo above is of the second to last skein finished, a Polwarth wool that I loved so much that it was wound today (366 yards) and is already being knit into a design I hope to publish soon as a freebie.
This is the final skein, and it is so colorful and squooshy that I smile every time I see it. You can’t tell from the photos, but it shifts from red to orange, yellow, greens, and blues, and then goes back through those shifts to red. I think it makes that repeat a total of 4 times. You can see the shifting better from this photo, taken while I was spinning the single:
This skein is 380 yards, which brings my grand total of yardage spun to 2,012 yards.
I’m gonna call that a win. And in case you were wondering, there was no chemical or blood doping involved in this event…just the normal amount of personal dopiness!
Done with that (228 yards worsted/heavy worsted), on to this:
Only a few more days to go!