i love this week after christmas—the rush is over and it’s quiet for a few days; time to find places for all the christmas gifts, spend time visiting with friends, and get reacquainted to the various knitting projects i set aside in favor of gift knitting (which i enjoy, but not as an endurance sport).
monday evening was the night of our spinning class holiday party—we pushed it off to this week so that a special guest could join us
our good friend anne marie was in town and spent the evening with us!
we were SO happy to see her; spinning class just hasn’t been the same since she moved away—none if us can quite fill her shoes; we’ve missed her. beckie popped in to party with us, too—how lucky can we get?
she brought along those waffle mitts she started on christmas eve in briar rose grandma’s blessing. to compensate for the thinner yarn, she went down one needle size (to a 3.5mm) and is knitting the instructions for the next larger mitt. we love them!
(and look kim, beckie is wearing your christmas gift—sooo pretty)
even susan was back—she has to sit out december classes because she works at macy’s and has an insane holiday schedule. it was a hilarious reunion—we know how to have fun. linda passed out holiday crackers, so we each had a paper crown to wear. everyone brought a dish and we had a terrific supper of soup, bread, salad, cheese, and christmas cookies.
one of these days, we’ll even do some spinning, haha.
i’ve been trying to get my knitting reorganized so i can move on from where i left off before the holidays. i’ve done well with getting small projects off the needles
like this cabled keyhole scarf in green blackstone tweed. this one is for me—i’m trying to decide if i should get more yarn to make a matching hat and/or mitts. i’m going to need warm accessories for my trips in january and february and they’d be quick enough to knit up. hmmm . . .
i also finished up the keyhole scarf i was knitting in spirit trail birte DK, but i gave it away without a thought before taking pictures—DUH. all i have is this photo from a few weeks back. however, i do have enough yarn left to make another
AND barb had enough sunna fingering in the same color (rosewood) to give me for a matching pair of fine cabled mitts. no worries, i’m not depriving her—she knit a bel air sweater and matching hayrick socks with it before i
wrestled begged the leftovers from her, haha—and matching mitts would just push that look over the line, don’t you think?
i bundled it all up this very morning into my new tall mia bag from michele’s etsy shop in readiness for my first trip of 2011—these will be the perfect travel knitting (and even better if i can manage to get those first rows of each piece on the needles before we leave—then they will truly be grab and go knititng).
i’ve got several one-off handsies hanging around that need mates. i had hoped to get these done before christmas to send to the texas gang of hansons, but failed—i know they’d be equally welcome as a new year’s gift, though. and quick enough to complete while watching late-night TV (we’re on a movie jag this week. also catching up on season 1 of rubicon).
and then there’s david’s rustic cabled toque, which so many of you commented on favorably after it was featured throughout our montreal adventure.
i love this hat too, and always intended to write up the pattern, but it slipped away form me last year. so i sat down to put it to paper this week—i’ll probably make one of these for myself, as well.
(it’s not on chris’s site . . . she only has it in sport weight now—see nate’s sock yarn).
anyway, it’s time to knit some samples to try out the sizing. i cast one on in handspun that david chose from my stash
a beautiful brown and cream romney, swirled with black alpaca. but that won’t do for serious testing—i’m writing the pattern for two gauges and three sizes, so i need something standard to work with from size to size.
karen and val from mountain meadow wools have come to the rescue and agreed to provide their yarn in two weights—laramie and cody, now available from them in a wonderful range of dyed colors as well as natural solid.
i’m excited to be working with their yarn again—it is deliciously squishy artisan-spun merino, culled from a community of basque sheep ranchers in wyoming. it’s so elastic that even in the heavy weight, these big cables are easy to do. you can read all about their ambitious venture on their website.
i’ll knit on my handspun one while i wait for the test yarn to arrive.
i’m working on some other patterns this week too; i need to get a few squared away before the traveling begins. did you know i’m going to be away from home for nearly six weeks straight?? yeah . . . i think i’m only going to be home for five days between jan 5 and feb 15. and before i go, i’d like to get restarted on my own pilgrim cardigan as well as the wasp and rose lace shawl (the little project can travel with me, but these might have to stay home).
so yes—i’ve gotta get serious about desk work before i go.
as in, starting now . . .
but of course in the mail today, another thing that wants to distract me, but which i may pack straightaway into my travel bag to peruse during idle moments (i’m sure that a few of you got yours this week as well)
ok, i admit it—i peeked
couldn’t help myself.