i am totally rockin’ the christmas knitting now—at least the smaller items. i have two pair of mitts finished and half a hat, plus i finished the red socks.
one set of mitts is completely plain, but very, very sleek
in my mind, i’m calling these the 007 mitts . . . they remind me of the spies who wear those black head and face coverings. my nephew will love these. i’ll knit a hat to match (but no face mask; he can beg for that).
i think i will write a pattern for this other pair of the mitts
they’re for the mail carrier, and they knit up super-quick in cascade 220 superwash (or a finer yarn for smaller-sized hands). they are totally unisex . . . they make a great everyday outdoor hand covering and it will be very do-able to write it for two sizes.
with a matching hat, too
(sorry, that picture doesn’t do it justice; the sun set before i remembered to photograph it.)
i’m out of yarn though so i can’t finish it tonight. fortunately, i have classes tomorrow and can pick up another ball. but i know i can knit the other hat tonight.
the progress makes me want to run to someone, jump up and down, and show off what i made.
childish, i know, but who cares? only a scrooge would squash my excitement.
fortunately, beckie came over for knitting today (fresh-baked treats in hand), so she was all eyes and ears. AND she did a little sock modeling, too—don’t i have the nicest friends??
speaking of the nicest friends, chris jumped right on the cranberry yarn crisis and she is sending something that should be perfect to knit, oh say, a sweater for someone special by christmas. it should arrive tomorrow, so if i can get at least one hat done tonight, i will be in great shape to start that as soon as the yarn arrives.
i need to search for a pattern though; in the process of streamlining my laptop a couple of weeks back, we had to temporarily remove the sweater design software because it only runs on windows, and that required a partition we had to sacrifice to install the updated OS. all temporary, but in the meantime, i will be depending on commercial patterns, or knitting on the fly.
now, i know the latter would be much more exciting for all of us, and i might do that, but something tells me i should play it safe. or . . .
maybe i could go with some sort of formula sweater, like a seamless hybrid with, er, styling.
probably, i’ll get ALL my books out and drive myself crazy searching for the perfect thing, then just knit the rowan pattern he already bookmarked for me several months back.
(trust me, it’s a boring sweater, but it has a little pocket on the bicep and he loves that . . . ??)
soooo . . . i know that as much as everyone loved the photo shoot for simurgh, there are probably some people who find the blocking shots most arousing
something about the fabric being stretched out there, and the ability to get in close enough to lick the texture, right?
or the dizzying effect of gazing at that certain angle down the length of the piece, letting your eyes roam over pattern fields . . . mmmmm.
can’t you just taste the black cherry and plum? is your mouth watering yet?
then there is the pickup and join.
there were the usual difficulties with that, but clever trickery prevailed. below we see an even closer look at the pickup row
hehehe, i know. that is not what you want to see most.
you want to fondle the edging, don’t you?
ok, here you go
and oh. it’s pinned down. too bad. maybe later then.
for now, you’ll have to ponder this
how do they say it in those ads?
rachael has photographed (and worn) her finished stole which is knit in the merino laceweight—you should check it out.