if you live anywhere east of the mississippi river, you are probably spending an inordinate amount of time this year dodging the bitter cold. that is, when you’re not bracing yourself for yet another avalanche of snow.
it’s not even a question any more of whether it will strike; rather, we plot our schedules now in terms of when and how much??
as i see it, there are two ways to defend myself against the onslaught. first some good, warm accessories to cover head, hands, and neck when we head out to shovel. and second, some really satisfying knitting projects to work away on indoors while the winds howl.
either one will increase the warmth factor where it counts and help me feel especially productive at the same time. i can even snuggle under a blanket with my feet propped on the coffee table while i pump out squishy mittens and hats to wear out in the cold—how great is that?
most years we are thinking about spring knits by now, but this year, i find that heavyweight knitting still has a hold on me. not only because it is functional, but because something new right about now for a change of pace would be awfully nice.
or maybe someone you care for has worn his or her accessories so much that the wear and tear makes a new set kind of mandatory. this late in the year, the best solution is something quick, but effective.
enter, the gobi mittens and hat, which knit up super fast on big needles in worsted weight yarn; just the ticket. mostly worked in stockinette, there is a cable detail to show off a nice lofty yarn and add just the right touch of handsome texture. worked in a natural fiber shade or a wonderful hand dyed color, these will serve well through the end of winter and into next year.
each piece is great beginner project—really basic structures and stitchwork. there is a graft at the top of that hat, but that’s just an opportunity to check out my FREE craftsy class on grafting; which will take you through the procedure step by step. i promise, it won’t be painful.
shown above, gobi mittens knit in snow leopard trust handspun mongolian camel wool yarn, color desert.
shown below, the gobi hat also in snow leopard trust handspun mongolian camel wool yarn, color desert
either one of these designs would look especially handsome knit up in one of our bare naked wools worsted weight yarns as well, such as 100% corriedale confection or our soon-to-be-released kent worsted, a super squishy merino/romney blend (available for general purchase beginning 2/25/14)
to purchase patterns or view complete pattern information, please click here to visit the gobi hat page or the gobi mittens page in the knitspot pattern shop or visit the gobi hat page or mitten page in our ravelry pattern shop.
these patterns is also included in the BNK 2013 eBook collection—14 terrific garment and accessory patterns that celebrate the beauty of natural fiber, each one multi-sized and suitable for gifting or keeping; many will have universal appeal for women, men, and children alike. purchase the eBook collection from the knitspot club website or in our ravelry pattern shop.
another fun thing to do—click here and here to view the project pages for the gobi mittens and hat. see more examples knit by club members and photographed on a variety of people and in alternate yarns. or better yet, join us in our swinging’ BNK clubhouse or knitspot mothership for a KAL!
speaking of club knits, we put heart and soul into creating wonderful packages with which to surprise our members each month. we just started shipping our 2014 bare naked knitspot club—a celebration of the under-discovered side of the fiber world in all its natural, undyed glory.
(love is in these packages!!)
we have a few spots left and will continue to take signups through 2/28/14 (or until we’re sold out)—we’d love for you to join us!
we scour the globe to find interesting yarns and the fiber story behind them, beautifully photographed and fully researched.
each yarn selection is paired with a design that shows its character off to best advantage and sometimes we throw in a cool goodie for fun.
our partners are all small business owners and wool producers who care deeply about their role in putting farm fresh fiber products into knitters hands.
all of this delivered right to your door, six times per year—what could be better? if that sounds fun to you, come join the flock!
many thanks to my friends sam and kade for modeling the january 2013 club knits for me last year. we had a lot of fun climbing around the hills near jamul, CA and they were extremely good sports about helping out to make the chapter one of our best ever.