Well, I'm almost finished "Chilly", which for me, has been my Olympic Knitting. I have to confess, knitting and watching the Men's and Womens' Hockey was tricky; working on the lace edging. Most of that knitting had to be done during commercial break. It was just too exciting!
First, let me say a congrats to all the Canadian athletes. Amazing effort and results! It does get the Patriotism fired up, doesn't it?
My Olympic knitting Chilly is a short version of my Summer Chill Shawl from "Twelve Months of Knitting." An updated kerchief style scarf with a funky western feel. It looks great against the black here, but imagine it with denim!
I got inspired while cleaning out my studio and donating doe excess yarn (also for sale here). I LOVE the Kool-Aid colours of this Fleece Artist wool/Silk , which I had leftover from my freebie pattern, "Houses."
Chilly is quick and easy to knit, with charts, but I will write out the pattern as well. As soon as I'm done (this week), it will be available here and on Ravelry.
Now what to watch while knitting? Hurry up Game of Thrones! April can't come soon enough!
Is there such a thing? Lately, I've been working on my baby book "Nine Months of Knitting" to follow up "Twelve Months of Knitting" Jan 2008 Potter Craft/Random House (which is now out of circulation). There's all sorts to knit up for that, including a beautiful circular shawl that I call the Heirloom Shawl, because it reminds me of one my Auntie Avril knit for the babies in our family. I did my own version and still have the edging left to do. It will be the star of the book, I think. I hope! The idea of a KAL appeals to me, though I have never done one. Any thoughts?
Alas, I ran out of yarn before the edging and the lovely ladies of Fleece Artist & Handmaiden, not only dyed another skien for me to match, but gave me a couple skeins of a neutral colour offer another colour variation. Thank you!!! I'm besotted with their yarns (as you can tell by my past designs) and plan to do even more projects using it.
PLUS I have become enamoured with the Sweetheart Sock by Nikol Lohr. So I've decided to knit myself a pair (doubt in time for Valentine's Day). Fantastic pattern! Wish I designed it! Yarn is Rhichard Devrieze another fantastic yarn) that I found at The Purple Purl
PLUS I'm updating and altering an old design of mine for a kerchief/neck shawl/scarf - soon to be posted to Ravelry. It's also in a Fleece Artist yarn I had left over. While it's discontinued (Wool/Silk), many similar yarns will be available.
PLUS there's the to-do list for the book. So I knit until my fingers can't take any more or the Olympics gets too exciting not to watch. I won't take a picture, as it's a big bag of knitting; loads of swatches and partial knitting. Ahhh!
Looking for a fun, quick project and WARM mitts?
As crazy as it sounds, I have the nuisance affliction, "Raynaud's Phenomena." Otherwise known as creepy white fingers. Any cold, air conditioning or this crazy cold winter we've been having and my fingers go white. When they warm up, they go purple then red. Lovely. You'd think that someone who knits would always have warm fingers. Well, normally I do when knitting - it's all the other times I do all it takes to keep them warm.
I used 1 100 g ball of Istex Alafoss Lopi in Varigated Browns # 9978, and a skien of Fleece Artists Blue Face Leicester Sliver in purple and browns. You can barely make out the thrum stitch below (as a little purple bump/the browns only show to the eye)
I can't tell you how warm and cozy they are! I walk the dog in this freezing winter (today a not-so-bad, -14 Celcius) and these mitts are perfect! Eventually the puffs of Sliver on the inside will meld together through wear and felting, making the mitts even warmer.
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