Many people choose a word for their New Year: something they want to focus on and manifest in their lives. I thought it might be a good idea to knit this word on a coffee sleeve so you don’t forget it, although you will have to chart your word yourself. Word Nerd Drink Sleeve free pattern by Ladybits Knits (Book Riot website link)
What about you? Do you choose a word for the New Year? Do you know what your word will be in 2021? Are you willing to share it in the comments? I’m still working on my word for 2021 but I will share it on January 1.
Only two more days of 2020. I’m trying not to expect too much from 2021 so I won’t be disappointed.
Something weird happened to two of my older posts. I found them in draft mode and I had to republish them.
Looking ahead to Advent 2021, I would love to knit this gansey stitch advent scarf by Tricia Weatherston (Ravelry link). It calls for worsted weight yarn. What’s funny is there was a day when solid color worsted was most of my stash. Now it’s mostly hand dyed sock yarn. But I do have some gray DK that would probably work out for this pattern.
I’m curious now. What’s your yarn stash look like? Lots of hand dyed sock yarn, like mine?
Look at this beautiful garment. It reminds me of the Northern Lights. I would probably never knit it. It is a combination of double knitting and fair isle knitting. It’s complicated. But I would definitely wear it. It’s gorgeous. They have kits for sale. I will think about it. A Winter Wedding Coat by Meret Buetzberger (Ravelry link)
Dyeing wool blue today. My next felt piece is about the blue moon we experienced in October.
We are deep in the throws of winter, under 8-12 inches of snow here. And my feet cannot get warm! I adore these snowflake slippers and I think they are just the thing to wear over hand knit wool socks for a double layer of wooly warmness. Uppsala Slippers by Fibrely (Ravelry link)
Year of Projects Update
I’m going to dye some fiber this week while I’m off work — blue and green — and finish the stitching on Hay for Days.
I’m making good progress on Franca, mistletoe kisses socks, and puttering on my Aurora Borealis cowl. I’m going to cast on a Litmus Cowl with my Advent yarn. Liz is my Advent yarn guru, and she posted it today. It’s just what I need: mindless. I will randomly pull colors out and knit them with a section of the big skein in between. Yay. Litmus Cowl Ravelry Link
I’m going to spend some time with my video class this week while I’m off.
Bob felt bad that I didn’t have much to open on Christmas morning, but he did very well. I received a breed specific fiber yarn club subscription and breed specific knitting workshop from Longway Homestead! It doesn’t get much better than that. I also got a sweary knitting mug from ChristineParkerCo and some silver snowflake earrings that are toodling their way here in the post. They are a replacement for a pair I lost hiking a few years ago. My oldest kid sent us original music on the winter solstice. My sister gave me a gift card to The Woolly Thistle and surprised me with a Faerie Knitting book. My Mom sent us cash, and I immediately spent my portion on yarn for a blue Turtledove. (Image above. Apparently I want to make whatever Liz is making.) Bob’s Mom sent us cash, and I ordered a warm robe and PJs, which I need. I also received a handmade bud vase, a hand painted card, yarn! and other goodies in the mail from friends. I feel positively spoiled! I re-embraced card sending this year. I needed it in 2020. I also Skyped and Facetimed with family on the day, which was the best gift. I hope you had a good Christmas, too!
In the last couple of years, I’ve started feeding the birds. I’ve really enjoyed watching them at the feeders. At our new home, we have wrens that nest around the house. While I have a felt birdhouse shaped like a caravan that I love, I’m wondering if I should try knitting (and maybe felting) some of these nesting boxes? They would be so colorful and fun to look at year round. This is a free pattern by Fleur Duivis. (Knotions website link)
Are you curious about Boxing Day? Me too. Wikipedia isn’t clear, either. The origin is connected to the poor and servants collecting alms for the Feast of Saint Stephen. (Wikipedia link) Another custom linked to Boxing Day is Mumming, a tradition I’ve always thought should make a comeback. Hipster mummers, please.
My Boxing Day tradition is having a clear out, which I’ve done. Now it’s time to play with yarn!
Merry Christmas! If you are really into gnomes, you can knit a hat, mittens, and pullover with these super adorable yard fellows, as I am now calling them. This is a free pattern by Sarah Schira. (Knitty website link) I would probably not knit them in red and blue, as they are looking too All-American for me. I think I would go red and green because, hey, you might as well go big or go gnome for Christmas. What color would you knit your gnomes?
Meep was a big hit with JoJo. Now we are waiting for the child to awaken so we can open presents. I made cranberry orange waffles for breakfast. Later we can FaceTime with the other kids.
I have to admit I feel a little overwhelmed by my choice of advent pattern and how to organize the colors. I almost wish I had just knit them in the order I opened them so I didn’t have to think about it. Any suggestions?
This was an easy knit, although next time I think I’ll try to knit it in the round. I simplified the fair isle chart (because I didn’t have six colors of DK weight yarn with different values) and stuffed her with wool and catnip. Now JoJo has something in her stocking. Pattern is Fair Isle Mice by Janet McMahon (Ravelry link)
Have you knit any toys or softies? Do you have any patterns to recommend?
“And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap” — from A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore
Whenever I see a stocking cap, I think of this poem, and Ebenezer being visited in his nightgown and cap, and elves, tomten, and nisse too, of course. This worsted weight stocking cap is a free pattern. Jolly Stocking Cap by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas (Website link)
Skeindeer Knits has her own Nisselue stocking cap pattern in fingering weight that is also free. (Ravelry link) I really like the idea of knitting a stocking cap in self striping sock yarn.
This led me to the Wikipedia entry on Nisse, which is a fun read. I’m going to start calling our gnome Pete our “tunkall” or “yard fellow.”
Because I took French in middle school and high school, around the holidays I sometimes randomly break into chanson française. My favorite is “Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella”. I regret I can no longer speak French, but at least I can sing a song fluently… even though I may not know the meaning of the words anymore. Aren’t these Noel socks charming? I think holly is my favorite Christmas motif. Noël d’antan pattern by Elyse D’Amours Designs (Ravelry link)
During the holiday season, I listen to a lot of Kitka’s Wintersongs. This year in December they are releasing a YouTube video each day. Although I love the music the most, yesterday’s video was a sweet little story. Here’s a video with two of my favorites, which you may recognize.
If you like Celtic music, tonight at 6PM EST, Celtic Colours will have a live Christmas performance on their YouTube and Facebook channels. Bob and I are going to tune in.
Today’s HoliDaily pattern share is Needled by Hunter Hammersen (Ravelry link) These would be fun and festive to knit up with scraps, and I particularly love the addition of the beads. I’m still trying to figure out what kinds of holiday decorations I would like to knit, but I’m getting some ideas!
I love the golds with these pinks. I think I’d make an entire sweater out of this! It’s such an unlikely combination but it really works.