One thing I've not done is slow up on my knitting. It's still prohibitively warm for me, or anyone else, to wear the things that I've made, but I've kept at it. My tenacity has had more to do with my wanting to work through some of my stash as anything else. As of late, it has become more burdensome than inspiring, and so I am lightening my load. In addition to these various projects, I also took three shopping bags of yarn to the Goodwill and, man, was there a spring in my step when I'd finished that errand.
So what have I made?
Pattern: Ottilia Mittens, by Mari Muinonen
Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman Wool
Started: August 21
Finished: August 27
I've been a fan of Mari Muinonen's patterns for a couple of years now but this is only the second one I've ever knit. The mittens were fun and interesting, completed while I was dogsitting at a home with cable television, so there was a lot of The First 48 going on in the background. The yarn (I used maybe 1/4 of a skein) is more from our spring time yarn swap. I've really been feeling the brown lately, and cables, too. Actually, what I've been feeling texture, in general, to wit:
Pattern: Martha Cowl Scarf, by Che (Little Thingies Ravelry Shop)
Yarn: Unknown cotton or cotton/wool blend
Started: September 23
Finished: September 24
This was, I believe, my third attempt at making a chunky cowl, and the first one that was successful. In order to be functional, a cowl needs to keep you warm, but most of cowls knit or crocheted with heavier yarns, and some worked at finer gauges, sit away from the neck leaving it exposed. This is nonsense! If it's cold enough for me to wear something thick and heavy around my neck, then my neck needs protection. it's not rocket science. And yet I continue to see a proliferation of patterns that offer no protection from the elements whatsoever. It's ridonkulous.
Well, that's certainly not a problem here.
Crocheted with heavier yarn, the simple and airy stitch pattern prevents this cowl from being too stiff to scrunch , so I can double wrap it 'round my neck and keep cozy and warm. Yes, please!
This next project was something that had been sitting in my queue for over year, but I never had quite the right yarn for it. Until I frogged a 3/4 finished and poorly conceived sweater this past summer and found myself with just the right shade of alpaca.
Pattern: Some Cloudy Day, by Tiny Owl Knits
Yarn: Sajima Alpaca
Started: August 25
Finished: September 4
I had originally planned on making these for me, but about 1/2 way through the first legwarmer, I decided they were for Beth. I'd sent hats to her husband and twins in Sweden last summer, but nothing for her (she's had my handknits before, so it's not as bad as it sounds), and so it seemed clear that she was next in line for a present. Also, like me, she wears skirts all winter long (clogs, too!) so I knew she would appreciate the extra layer of warmth.