I’ve ended up with a few additions to my holiday knitting.
Okay, one addition and one addiction.
Some people are addicted to knitting socks, for me its mitts. I’m Canadian, we have long, cold, grey winters (not that you could tell by the current weather) and mitts are something that make me happy – I have no idea why, I’m just odd that way.
I’ve been hunting for a “set” that I could make. It had to have a tam-like hat (I have big hair & don’t want to look like a poodle), a cowl or shawl (scarves never stay where I put them), and mitts. I wanted colour-work and I wanted swirls. I finally found it: Tourbillon by Kris Carlson from Twist Collective. I shouldn’t have cast on. I have things that I should be knitting. Things for Christmas. Things with deadlines.
So I just cast on a knit a few rows. Just one evening (well, 2, but that doesn’t count, I had to frog the first one – swatching is your friend – unfortunately I believe that mitts and sleeves are perfectly good swatches).
Only a few rows. Now it has to wait for the other 2 actual gifts to be knit.
One gift is a pair of mitts done in a really nice Malabrigo variegated blue. I finished them, but they needed a scarf – long story but the scarf that was made to go with the set (mitts & hat) has wandered off. So this is what got done last night:
I figured since the mitts had a historical pattern, and I don’t have time or enough wool to do a lace piece – also with everything else stockinet lace wouldn’t match, I should do something else historical and simple. Knitty.com to the rescue! The winter Knitty has another of Franklin Habit’s wonderful works – the Faucett scarf.
The above picture was taken yesterday evening, I’ve almost doubled the length that you see there. And it should come out to a nice width once it’s blocked.
This is the scarf to knit for people who hate to knit scarves.
I also got the tree up yesterday & my Father hung the pictures that I have had hanging around the house for a couple of years – I never really wanted to hang them in the old place.
Not the best picture, but you get the idea.