you know what i enjoy most about december? our tradition of offering a fun, quick, and pretty new project every week, right up to the end of the year (i try to save a good one for the end, to cuddle up with after the rush is over).
i start thinking about the last-minute pattern flurry by the end of july and by september, i usually have most of my ideas in place—not that i start knitting them any sooner for it.
at first, the fun is in the planning—narrowing down my ideas to the prettiest, quickest, most fun, and most likely to please is challenging (there are just four weeks in december after all, and i want each one to be terrific for all of us). november is tough—knowing that i have a secret stash of patterns to present each week, one after the other through the month, makes me feel a little like an over-excited kris kringle.
some of them—like this neckwarmer and cuff set—are a surprise; you didn’t know i was working on this, but i had it going on in the background. it was a spur of the moment birthday gift knit that came out pretty cute and i thought you’d like it. so it made it onto the december short list.
finally at thanksgiving time, the knitting fun can begin. it’s the time of year when i can indulge my inner yarn ho to dabble in a wide variety of yarns,
throwing introducing myself and you, dear readers, to any enticing thing that comes along. we can go crazy together, dancing through one fast-paced accessory project after another, with nary a thought to how it might look to the rest of the world. we go all out, right??
take this luscious cashmere set for instance—do you know how many hours this takes to knit? i can assure you, not many at all—it is the easiest frilly thing on
two four needles (or circs). i swear, you can knit this in a very short time. the trick is all in the yarn—pick something deLECtable, something you would get naked for. break out that trophy skein you’ve been saving . . .
you won’t be able to resist working on it; before you know it, or are ready, it will be finished and another gift will be crossed off the list. just like that.
(ok, so this one may end up being for you, but it still counts and was hardly even a bump in the road to a successful christmas finish).
shown here, size small in briar rose fibers cashmere special, a pure cashmere 4-ply sport/DK, in colorway chris’s choice.
glass pendant earring shown on this page are a recent purchase from moving mud.
when standing the briar rose booth at rhinebeck, trying to decide which colorway of cashmere special to purchase, i asked my friend chris, the dye genius that is briar rose fibers, which was her favorite. without hesitation, she reached for this spectacular autumn mix.
“this one”, she said firmly, “this is it.”
sigh . . . she’s right.
many thanks to david for these wonderful photos, nabbed during the last brilliant days of autumn—the leaves are gone now for good, but looking at the pictures, i can still feel some of that warmth on my face.