Well, it's been a while, huh? I intend to get down to business here and get this thing going again. Really. I do.
I am currently sitting here, in the kitchen at the island counter, in our new house, typing on our laptop (wireless, baby!) and watching the snow fall outside. We got about 12 inches already, beginning yesterday afternoon and overnight last night. It's beautiful out there! And you have to love the Saturday/Sunday storm so we didn't have to go anywhere at all. Plenty of time yesterday to run our errands, and get home in time with a stocked fridge and everything. And only one car to shovel off this time! We have space for one car in the garage (yay!) so there's only one in the driveway. Of course, the flip side of this is whatever driveway the car is covering, you don't have to shovel. But 12 inches will involve lots of shoveling no matter how you slice it. My car is now a foot taller, and I can see it from the window.
This is the view from the family room window of the back deck, with table and chairs:
And how is this even possible? The foot of snow is balancing on the top of the chair:
And now for some...
Firstly I need to go update that sidebar with my actual WIPs and Finished Objects, cuz, well, even though I haven't been updating this, I have been busy knitting. :)
I finished the Ski Hat. Yay. :) I am very pleased (okay, that's me being modest. I'm actually totally thrilled. It's okay to be, right?) with how it came out, and I was happy with my Fair Isle technique. For the first time, I tried holding the second yarn in my left hand, and "picking" it, while doing my normal English-style fling thing with my right. It worked like a charm! Thankfully the Fair Isle in this pattern only ever had two colors going at once so this was the perfect chance to practice this new thing for me without too much going on. It was fun! I breezed right on through this section and even got my tension right. That was something I had trouble with before, I think I had tried too hard to not pull too tight that I ended up leaving it too loose. But this time I just tried not to overthink it and it worked. Maybe that's the trick?
Here's a photo of the finished hat:
Yarn: Cascade 220
Colors: heathered purple, black and pale lavender-ish gray
Pattern: Match My Coat Cap
And on the subject of firsts, I also wrote my first pattern! After completing a few pairs of socks and seeing my stash growing with new sock yarns as well as remnants of completed socks, I thought it would be fun to make mini socks to use as gift decorations and/or ornaments. A good way to use up some of the leftover yarn. I had searched the web for a pattern that suited my tastes but didn't find one...so I wrote one. I wanted a pattern that used sock yarn, and so this is just a tiny but "real" sock. All of the regular sock aspects are there...cuff, heel flap, turned heel...right down to the grafted toe. I will post a link to my pattern one of these days, but in the meantime, here's a photo of my first Mini Sock:
Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks
Color: Harris Tweed
Pattern: My Mini Sock Pattern
In other knitting news, I finished off a scarf or two. Or three.
Here is the Red Sparkly Accent Scarf:
Yarn: Patons Brilliant
Color: Beautiful Burgundy
Pattern: K1P1 ribbing
The Pastel Sparkly Scarf, to go with a jacket I have:
Yarn: Karabella Magic
Color: #1727 (pale blue, pale pink, gold, with silver sparkles)
Pattern: Garter stitch
And this is just a fun, thick and soft scarf, my "Fuzzy Blue Scarf" (original name, isn't it?):
Yarn: Lion Brand Moonlight Mohair in color "Glacier Bay"; Lion Brand Trellis in color "Ocean"
Pattern: Stockinette in the middle, bordered by garter stitch edges.
And now what am I working on? Well, the ever-present Sparkly Black Cardigan (a.k.a. Sitcom Chic). Then there's the Wavy Scarf (WIP photos of both these items in the sidebar), and also the Mimi Verylong scarf from Amy's KnittyBlog in a beautiful laceweight yarn. This is my very first lace project.
But I'm itchin' to start some more socks. So there might be a sock WIP in my future. We shall see.
Until later then.