This week I have been working on the Cody Cardigan, a specially requested HeartCat, a pair of socks, and the Once Upon a Time Sampler. I like having a variety of projects as it stretches my hand muscles in different ways and keeps my attention. I am expecting to get moving on a few other projects over the next few days, I just can’t resist. The Cody Cardigan has to be kept in a zippered project bag for now as Jackson has gone after the yarn twice. I usually don’t have this issue with any other yarn (wool, alpaca or mohair) and I haven’t noticed any eau du doggie (even when the swatch was wet), but I’m not going to question Jackson’s nose. I’ve just finished the second buttonhole row and have finished one ball of yarn. I am pleased with how this project is working up, but it is very fuzzy and, no surprise, sheds. A few too many inhaled fibers is my sign to take a break from the knitting. The HeartCat is in the finishing stages and I’ll be sharing him in more detail on Friday. The little bag the HeartCat is in is from GirlCaveBags; I love the shape and it is just the right size. This was also the bag I used to hold Violet’s HeartCat, so I figure there is good juju with it. I do have an inkling to have a HeartCat specific project bag made (by myself or someone else) with Japanese fabric. I started looking on etsy and pinterest and that’s a whole other rabbit-hole.
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Hello! Merry Christmas! Hopefully you had a lovely holiday season, I feel very lucky to say that I did. Among all the events (and noise, oh the noise) there was a lot of love and laughter. I love Christmas, I do, but I also love the days after it all to recover and be lazy. Again, thankful that I can do that. So, it is Friday and I can share the FOs I made over the last few weeks!
I do still have a few knits to work on for gifts, but they will be happy surprises and well wishes for the new year and that is ok. I did knit Dan a pair of socks and they were finished in time for Christmas. As he is certainly knit-worthy, I used “Bugga” yarn and the Simple Skyp pattern knit mostly two-at-a-time. I so want a pair of these for myself!! I can see this becoming a real go-to pattern.
I knit a pair of fingerless mitts for Betsy, because how often does a knitter get a handmade gift? I was first sold on the yarn, a superwash merino worsted weight from MarigoldJen on etsy – the colorway is “Fairy Dust”. The pattern is Stulpen, but I had to modify for this weight of yarn. Luckily my guesses and instincts on what to change / where (and thanks to the notes of other Ravelry users) and they fit perfectly. I will make this pattern again, probably with some of this yarn – nice combination that was difficult to part with.
On my needles now is a scarf for Dan, a sample scarf for a yarn company, and those two other gifty items. I’m taking stock of my yarns and project ideas for a rather ambitious project that I’m looking forward to telling you about next week! Enjoy the weekend!
The time has come – Rhinebeck is this weekend! I will be there in my new “Rhinebeck Sweater” – I picked up the yarn at last year’s show, and have finished it to wear when I go on Sunday. Proudly presenting my newest FO, Morning Coffee by Kate Oates! The yarn is from Good Karma Farm and I give them two thumbs up. They will be at Rhinebeck, check them out! This is the third sweater I’ve knit in their yarn (but the first for me – Charleston Tea was knit as a sample in the same dyelot, V Neck Down Pullover was knit in a gorgeous green for a gift) and my 30 Day Sweater WIP is in this yarn as well (the When Doves Dye colorway). Safe to say, I am a fan. For a while, I had a mental block about how to do the buttons. The buttonhole row was put in two rows too early, but that is my own “design feature” and has nothing to do with the pattern. My other design feature is that I chose to not alternate skeins as I worked with them. Also a gamble, but in my previous experience with this yarn, it worked out just fine. Mostly, things were ok here though one skein was obviously lighter – you can see the difference at my left shoulder there. I notice it in the photos, but as it is only on the top, it seems intentional! The original buttons I bought back in the spring just weren’t right so I went looking on etsy. It felt a bit risky to order buttons only, but I am thrilled. My buttons came from from Wooden Heart Buttons on etsy, specifically Distressed Cornflower / Periwinkle blue. Love them. They are lightweight and match the variegated yarn quite nicely. I separated the yarn into the plies for sewing on the buttons and that worked great!
This week has been a bit rough, I don’t want to go into much here because I would just be vague anyway. We’re dealing with some things and I am very much looking forward to the joy that Rhinebeck / wool fumes bring. I was jumping around outside trying to get a less posed shot and this was the best of the bunch. I was sweating after jumping around – this is a WARM sweater! I will probably have on a bright orange shirt underneath with a sheep on it. I hope you’ll say hi!
So here’s to Rhinebeck – safe travels! Happy shopping!
Did you happen to see the Rhinebeck Video? It’s fantastic – I’m in it twice – don’t blink around 3:30 and 4:30 and you’ll see me and my local SnB gals!