Sallah Cowl

You may remember when I created these art batts and spun them into singles awhile back.  I knew immediately that I’d need to make them into a cowl for my mom for christmas. First of all, the yarn was irresistible, I wanted to work with it immediately. Secondly, the darker yarn, even with all the random bits in it, seemed to me to be something my mom could pair with a nice shirt and really get some use out of. And it was Christmas knitting time and I had not yet chosen anything to knit for her.

So I chose the Sallah Cowl pattern. I liked the look of the waffley rib, and because it uses two differently sized needles, it becomes a wonderfully squishy fabric. I completed this quite awhile ago, but did not want to post it due to needing to wait until my mom opened the gift.

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I love this one. It turned out bright and yet still muted. If it did not have alpaca in it, I’d have been tempted to keep it!

A Scarf for my Father

I don’t typically knit for my father. I once knit him a pair of socks, but they were commandeered by my mom, I don’t think he really wore them. Last year though, I did knit him an ear warmer to wear while riding bike. As someone who doesn’t like riding bike with a hat on even in the cold myself, it doesn’t surprise me that he actually got some use out of it.

But, this year, since I was forced to knit most christmas gifts, I chose something very special. I’d been spinning on my jacob fleece batts for ages, and on looking for a scarf to knit for my dad, I got this great idea of knitting a horizontal gradient scarf. Using my jacob fleece yarn, I’d be staying with natural colors straight from the fleece and making something extremely unique.

I ended up having to spin far more than I expected, but I adore the resulting scarf. It is really very special. And I am considering a matching hat in the future.

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I had trouble parting with this one as well, but the fact that I remembered that sheep keep growing fleece from year to year and I could always buy another jacob fleece and process it did help let this one out of my hands. I hope that my father is able to get some use out of it. Meanwhile, I was forced to start my own horizontal gradient scarf out of handspun. It is commercially dyed handspun, but similar effect.

Vittorio Shawlette

So, you know how I said I was going to do some sample knitting? I’ve gotten on that in a big way. I managed to knit half the vittorio shawlette in Eye of the Newt colorway in record time.  It is nice to have a little extra time for it!

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I’ve knit this shawl before, and I forget how wonderfully quick it knits up. A very pleasant knitting experience. It is rhythmic and comfortable, not fussy, but also not boring.

I hope to start on the next shawl tonight, might as well knit two at once!

Pretty Things

I’ve been asked to do some more sample knitting for Dyeabolical yarns. I am quite excited, as this was a joy to do 2 yrs ago when I took on two projects. This year I’ll be making two shawls in the next two moths. And the yarn has arrived!

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Pretty Pretty! The one with purple is Flower Shop Inferno and the other is Eye of the Newt. I can’t wait to see how these knit up!

 

Lace

It has been a long while since I’ve knit any sort of SERIOUS lace. I get easily burned out on it lately, and just don’t feel like I have the time or energy to devote to it anymore. But this holiday season I decided to participate in the advent scarf knit along. While I haven’t managed to keep up exactly, seeing as I am only on clue 9, I have been enjoying it immensely.

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I hope to have a bit more time to devote to this in the near future!

Merry Christmas!

I’ve got a finished object post. Again. I finished the scarf that I knit to match the hat and gloves from my Autumn Lake loop bump handspun.

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My full set is complete, a lovely gift to myself.

We also had a little time with my friend Marja, who was able to give Bug her very first Christmas gift this year. I got a photo of the joy on that little girl’s face, and figured I’d post that as well. There’s nothing like Christmas with a child around.

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