Knitting Friends

Nothingbutknit graciously offered to participate in a holiday swap with me. It all started when I wanted to send her some shea butter lotion chips made by local women. The challenge was to send a skein of local yarn.

Here is a photo of the beautiful things she sent me. (Except for the candle which I made with a pottery cup gifted to me and handmade by my stepson.)

Isn’t this red yarn festive and lovely? It’s also soft enough to wear around my neck, so I think I want to knit a “hap” with it. (Props to Kate Davies for reintroducing the word to our vocabulary.) I didn’t know a small shawl or wrap had a name, but sure enough, if you look it up, the third definition is “clothe, cover.”

Here is my favorite “hap”, which was the start of a lace shawl that I cut short because I’d had enough of knitting it many years ago.

I wrap this around my neck once or twice, and it’s the perfect scarf. This is knit from Jagger Spun Zephyr Wool Silk, which has really withstood the test of time.

But back to the red! Aren’t the gold flecks lovely on this Campfire Knits yarn? The hand dyeing really stands out too. This is “Winter Cranberry.” I’ve already cast on a simple eyelet increase triangle scarf, but I’m not sure how I feel about the garter stitch.

And I love these stitch markers which were included in my package, made by her husband. So festive! They make me crave peppermint.

My issue with lace is I prefer for my knitting to be intuitive. I like to memorize the pattern so I’m not constantly referring to the chart or instructions. And because I’m old have short term memory challenges, I need the repeat to be about four rows. So I am looking for a simple, all over lace pattern. I’ll keep looking! Maybe my fabulous red hap will be done in time for Valentine’s Day!

Thank you, nothingbutknit! I’m grateful for your friendship. It is always encouraging knowing someone is reading and paying attention. Thank you for the beautiful things and for being willing to participate in a gift exchange with me. ❤️

Big Knit Girly Cowl? Check!

Welp, this didn’t take long. The size 19 needles yielded a rather stiff fabric. I’m torn between borrowing those size 50 needles and ripping it out to start over, or telling my favorite 9-year-old that the ruff is back in style after a 400 year hiatus.

From a fashion perspective, I like the look of it. From a comfort and practicality standpoint, I’m really not sure.

Maybe I’ll let the 9-year-old decide.

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m off to work! Ho ho ho!

Big Knitting Christmas

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Somewhere along the way, I picked up a Yuletide tradition that says whatever you do during the 12 Days of Christmas will represent what you will be doing throughout the entire New Year. That’s a lot of pressure! That means I don’t clean (because I hate it and I don’t want to do that ever) and I take off work the week after Christmas, if I can.

(I should mention I celebrate those 12 Days from the Winter Solstice through January 1. Traditionally, the 12 Days are Christmas Day through January 5.)

As a knitter, I take this pretty seriously. It means I need to do the following during the next 11 days: (Happy Winter Solstice yesterday!)

  1. start something (no problem)
  2. finish something (pressure)
  3. design something
  4. try something new
  5. knit every day
  6. blog every day

At the last minute I decided I wanted to knit a gift for my favorite 9-year-old. It needed to be girly, chunky, and hopefully sparkly. I went to Yarn It and Haberdashery and found this scrumdilliumptious yarn from Knit Collage. The sparkles are minimal, but the colors are so perfectly girly without being too sweet, and it’s so soft, and has the loft of cotton candy! I’m smitten.

I’ll be knitting a big cowl for her. I won’t see her until New Year’s, so I have the week to make it. And I get to check off number 1 and number 2 on my list!

Normally, I’m not a big knitting fan. Give me some worsted wool and size 7 needles, and I’m in knitter’s heaven. Big thanks to Esther at Yarn It for loaning me her size 19 circulars for this project. She offered a pair of size 50, and I took one look and said that did not sound enjoyable, so I am making do with 19. (Flashback to learning to write on a Big Chief tablet with a giant pencil.)

What are your knitting plans for the Yuletide?

Word of the Day: Big