My sons say they are done with this winter. This morning they had the pleasure of digging my car out of several inches of snow and removing the 2 and a half foot, hard-packed snowdrift created by the very efficient city snow plows at the end of the driveway. One of our neighbors was kind enough to use his snow blower to clear the whole sidewalk on our block. He’ll be getting homemade cookies later today, no doubt about it.
I was supposed to work in the library this morning, but even that was shut down by the snow. So instead, I took some photos of some finished objects.
My winter wardrobe is not adequate to these sorts of winters. Where we now live, you can’t have too many sweaters, cowls, scarves, hats, mittens, socks. It’s a knitter’s dream. This is the first of several of these wrap cardigans I hope to make for myself.
This is made from the very popular Color Affection pattern. Most of the ones I’ve seen have been very dramatic with highly contrasting colorways. I wanted to use yarns I’ve picked up in St. Louis when I’ve gone there with Sean, but they blend instead of contrast, so I’ve got more of a really really long garter stitch scarf.
The yarn couldn’t be any softer, and I know this scarf will get a lot of use.
After making one of these for my friend, I knew I wanted one of my own. Katie’s tried to snatch it and is making plans as to when she’ll be wearing it in the near future. I think I’d better make some more!
We’re in for another week or more of temps below freezing. Stay warm, friends!
I’m thrilled to announce the release of a free cowl pattern today!
Fillan was inspired by some gorgeous cashmere yarn that had been lingering too long in the stash. It was so soft I wanted it on my neck. Fighting a polar vortex? Pick up your copy here.
Holiday knitting is all over for 2013! It was actually officially over December 23, when the last piece was blocked, but I’m thrilled that no one had to receive a work in progress in a gift bag this year. (Yes, that has actually happened, and I never want to do that again!)
I have a bunch of photos to share. Some of them are pretty poor because modeling had to be done on the sly, but here they are, for better and/or for worse:
I’m sure I’m missing some items, but those photos give a good idea of what occupied November and December. I really love the hustle and bustle of holiday knitting. I love that I surprised several people with their gifts.
Next up: Figuring out why we don’t have nearly enough woollies for the ridiculously cold weather we’re having.
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!