Eek! I have not been getting a lot of knitting done lately. After a hectic Christmas season and hosting a large Christmas dinner, we started the new year off with a getaway to the mountains. It was very cold (about -30C most days) but sunny and clean and insanely beautiful. The lodge has no TVs, cell service, or internet. It was a great way to start off the year:
Now onto a long, rambling catch-up post about knitting!
I want to get back in the saddle again with the Alafoss Lopi and try to knit a successful sweater for myself with it. I think I'm going to attempt Sweater 8 from Lopi book 14 (the design on the left in the photo) but I haven't managed to actually start it yet.
Part of the problem is a new LEGO set that I received for my birthday (the new 10th Anniversary modular set, Assembly Square). I'm using my yarn room desk to build it, and fuzzy lopi fibres and LEGO do not mix!
So the only thing I have on the ol' needles is a pair of Patons Kroy mittens (in the Bramble Stripes colourway), enjoy this blurry Instagram photo of the second mitten cuff surrounded by Saturday morning cafe treats:
I have finished two small projects since my last post, however, so I have something to talk about.
The first was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my cousin's newborn baby. I started it on December 23 and guess what? It did not get finished in time! I chose the Swirl Hat pattern by Mandie Harrington on Ravelry, and some Berrroco Comfort Sock (acrylic/nylon) sock yarn that I bought in the fall. This stitch pattern looks great in the self-striping yarn but it was slow, slow knitting. Seemed to take forever! I finished it in January on our mountain trip.
- Pattern: Swirl Hat by Mandie Harrington
- Yarn: 22 grams of Berroco Comfort Sock
- Needles: 2.75 mm (what was I thinking! should have gone larger)
- Size: Knit the medium (age 1-2 years) size but on these very small needles the hat ended up much smaller. It's very stretchy but still probably more like newborn size. Since the baby is now 3 months old I may save it for a newborn gift for someone else at this point!
The second hat was a more successful last minute gift. I asked my brother what he'd like for his January birthday and he said he'd love a super-warm hat like the one I knit my husband many years ago. I had a week's notice, but I managed to get it done in time. I used the same Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern that I used on my husband's hat, but made up a different colourwork pattern to suit my brother's career as an auto mechanic. I also used the "proper" yarn this time: Istex Plötulopi, the unspun Icelandic yarn that EZ suggests for this pattern.
- Pattern: Very Warm Hat by Elizabeth Zimmermann
- Yarn: 57 grams each of Istex Plötulopi in 9103 Dark Grey Heather and 1027 Light Grey Heather.
- Needles: 5 mm
- Gauge: Pretty close to 16 sts/4"
- Modifications: Cast on 80 stitches instead of 91. Used an automotive-inspired colourwork pattern that DH and I invented. We were going for a tire tread pattern. We used some stripes mixed with some repeats of the arrow pattern #104 (p 98) from Mary Jane Mucklestone's book 200 Fair Isle Motifs. Really pleased with the way this turned out. This hat pattern is brilliant: the stranded colourwork, combined with the double layered hat, makes for 4 layers of wool over ones ears. SUPER warm!