While I’ve been quiet blog-wise this fall, knitting has happened.
I love this sweater. The pattern is from here, and the yarn is Knitpicks Stroll sock yarn. I can’t remember the colourway, (maybe Forest?) but the yarn aged in my stash nicely enough that it’s been discontinued. I really like this yarn- it’s lovely to knit with, and the colour changes are “Goldilocks”; not too big, not too small, just right. The back of the cardigan is seed stitch, and it’s just so darned cute! All that’s needed is a little pair of pants, and in spite of the whole pinkness of the situation (the first tutu has been purchased.), I think at least one outfit in earth tones is a good idea. (Especially if the little one has red hair like Dad.)
This little Pixie hood is also from the book noted above, and for the first time ever in my life is knit from the same yarn as the sample! Knitpicks Imagination sock yarn, also a discontinued colourway, but I did have enough in my stash for the hood and this:
Also from the same book, this is a beaded shawl that went to my daughter-in-law for Christmas. It blocked beautifully, and I was so overwhelmed by how nice it looked that I wrapped it up and sent it off without taking a picture. Geoff has been instructed to get me a picture of it being modelled, so once I receive that I will post it. I told Geoff that the picture can include pregnancy evidence or face, or not if they’re feeling shy. (How shy can they be? We got a framed copy of their first ultrasound picture.)
I wove this wrap for Mike’s Auntie Peggy. It’s Chunky Marble for warp and weft, and the colours turned out beautifully. I was concerned that there might be some muddying or pooling but the Crafty Christmas Gods seemed to smile on me.
Glasses sock from the same book. I lined them with cotton, but I wouldn’t recommend them for keeping your glasses safe at the bottom of your purse. It was interesting to see how the colours behaved differently just changing the needle size by 1.
Uck- what a crappy picture. Good thing I don’t take money from people to take their portraits.
What does one do with 65 grams of leftovers from 2 sunglasses socks? One cranks out nearly 200 feet of icord (at least I think that’s how much it was), then one knits a trivet in seed stitch using fat needles, the size of which I cannot remember.
From the same book (can you spot the emerging theme?) is this scarf. While I like the wool (Knitpicks stroll hand-paint) and I like the pattern, together they are both sort of lost. Ah well, the subtleties won’t matter as much when it’s tucked around someone’s neck.
I actually broke down and knit something with my Koigu KPPPM (is that enough P’s? I never know.) While I now have no Koigu left in my stash (sad face), I do have this cute little ruffle. It’s just right for inside my jean jacket.
Do you ever run into a ball of wool that has a mind of its own? Of course you have. I have a couple of balls that I thought would make a really cute little dress, but after 7 tries on the hem, I realized that the wool has no intention of becoming that dress. I have repurposed it as a sweater, and until I was hit by my own version of Christmas Madness, the wool seemed to be cooperating. Sadly, the arrival of 120 balls of Palette seem to have pushed the little sweater to the back burner. I intend to take it with me when I decamp to Buckeye in a couple of weeks, as well as my small loom, there to give the old fibre mojo a much-needed shot in the arm. The only thing left to do is to arrange for all the cold weather to happen here at home during February. Oh yeah. I guess I should take down the Christmas tree, too.
This being December 31st, I wish you all a Joyful and Prosperous New Year, with fibre, inspiration and time all in compatible measure. Even though most of us have never met, I value each of you as a friend and co-conspirator. Have a good one. See you next year.