i had to chuckle when i turned the calendar page this morning and saw this.
because about a week ago i woke up one morning to this
not exactly the same chevron pattern, but the calendar seems to be right in step with me.
i wish i felt as much . . . i’ve been very lazy this week about everything except knitting. i don’t feel like being at my desk at all—i’ve been procrastinating on all things work-related in order to sneak over to the living room, curl up in my knitting chair, and knit by the glow of the christmas lights.
as if there is nothing else in the world to do. i know i’ll pay for this next week.
i love the new pavé mitts! so much so that i knit two last night
one in each of two sizes (there will be three all together).
i really get a charge out of the pattern . . . it looks just like the wobbly bike tracks that criss-cross the pavé once the peloton passes through. and it’s super-fun to knit—if you liked hot waffles, you will LOVE this one.
i’ll knit their mates today. i should be able to get both pair from one ball of the cascade 220 superwash i’m using. let’s look at them on my hand
above is the large size; it fits me well but still has enough room to fit a man’s (only slightly) larger hand (good, because they are a gift for our friend mark). the medium size fits me too—it’s a bit shorter and more snug
but still very comfortable. so it just depends on whatever fit i prefer, and what gauge my yarn will knit to. i could knit the largest size in a sport or fingering weight yarn and they would fit. or, i could knit the smallest size in a worsted weight yarn and they would fit too.
trying to decide whether i should write a pattern for a hat to go with, or just offer it as a mitt; what do you think—maybe an earflap hat? mark is an early-morning walker so i’m thinking that might be a nice partner with the mitts.
i also finished the hat to match the zig zag mitts. these will be a gift for our friend bil, who is mark’s partner (more men that appreciate handknits greatly). don’t judge the fit by how it looks here
i do have the smallest head you will probably find on a full-grown human—just a wee 20 inches around with proportionally shallow depth (any wonder that what’s inside it is all jumbled and crazy to get out?). the hat will fit bil just fine, and feel oh-so-comfy on his shaved head too.
the zig zag pattern is all written, tested and ready to go; i’m coordinating with lis at one planet yarn and fiber, who will be offering kits which include the cashmere yarn shown and the pattern for mitts, hat, and scarf. the yarn is just lovely . . . it knits up more like a sport weight than a DK, so it makes a particularly nice hat that feels warm without being bulky, and rides very lightly on the hair.
buyers will be able to purchase the yarn in amounts for each item or for the set. the pattern will also be available in my pattern shop. VERY soon, i promise—i know you’ve been waiting for this one.
lis also sent me some alternate yarn, a beautiful baby alpaca with which i will knit another pair of zig zags for myself. this makes a lovely alternative to the cashmere
and the company enthusiastically embraces fair employment practices and trade policies.
i want to also start a gift for david’s mom . . . each year i send her something handmade (as i do my own mom), and so far she has worn and enjoyed all of them and mentions often how much she likes them. there hasn’t been a big rush to get this underway because she doesn’t celebrate christmas, but i’d like to send it soon—a handmade gift can be very cheering on a gray winter day. i haven’t made her any mitts yet but i think she’d really like them, along with a knit hat, which i notice is her favorite type.
david is really fond of this coppery yarn which was sent by judy along with the yarn for oh! canada.
it the same artisan blend of merino and silk . . . and it will look awesome against mary’s skin—so yeah! at least one more set will be in the works soon. i only need to suss out just the right stitch pattern. i’ve been loving the knit/purl textures, but maybe cables? i dunno yet.
ok, i have one last FO for today. guess what?
don’t laugh. they really ARE different sizes. we have named them anne and debbieKnitter, because one looks like her tiny, dainty hand and one looks like
a coal shovel mine.
i knit them on the same needles and from the same, one-size pattern. the only explanation is the handspun yarn. must’ve been a bit of variation between the beginning of the ball and the end, eh?
the same thing happened when i knit david’s tree scum socks—one came out wider and taller than the other, even though i knit the same number of repeats and decreases.
it’s ok though, i know the recipient will love them all the more for it.
now, i have lost count somewhat, but if i’m not mistaken the completed hat and SOC mitts puts my holiday gift knitting tally at 14. i’m pretty sure i will finish at least one more pair of mitts today, and possibly another item.
and i still have all day tomorrow. i just can’t stop.