Saffron Cowl

Happy Sunday, Blogville! I hope you are all healthy and happy and enjoying your time at home. Are you knitting a lot? I haven’t had much time or energy for knitting, but I did finish my saffron cowl.

I love the look on Henry’s face in the second image.

I can’t say it was a very satisfying knit, but it was simple and it’s warm and comforting to wear. I’m ready to start an equally simple, warm, and comforting hat to match. Mmm… stockinette.

It was a rough week for me, as I’m sure it has been challenging for many. At work, we made the decision to close our stores temporarily. It was the right decision but a stressful one to make. We have remote projects that need to be done, so staff will have work and be paid. We also gave everyone an additional two weeks PTO should they need it.

Quarantine is not a big deal for me as I’m an introvert and work from home all the time anyway.

I did a little sketching today and it served to remind me why I don’t often sketch. I don’t enjoy it and I’m always disappointed with the results. I am trying to reframe my drawing as a process to work out design problems, as I learned at Vogue Knitting. I can apply that to any medium.

Kate Davies is having a design contest for Milarrochy Tweed. This time it is neckware. I would love to submit something, even if it’s just an exercise to design something, make it, and submit it without further expectation. The theme is “My Place”. I thought I could make a cowl version of my Birds of Blendon Hat.

Henry moves into his own place this week with a friend. That leaves Hans at home, and he is with his Dad half the time. They are leaving the nest! They all have birthdays in March but it was pretty low key this year. We did go to Bakersfield for tacos and margs on Harald’s birthday (my oldest.)

Mexican Coke for Hans.

What are you knitting? And what are you watching? We are watching Devs on Hulu — really good — and I started Valhalla Murders on Netflix. I love me some moody Scandi crime dramas. It was a diversion tactic to keep me from watching Shetland a third time.

Ohio Star Cowl

I finished my Ohio Star Bandandit Cowl. I’m pleased because it came out exactly as I designed it. So in that sense, it is a successful design.

It is also a successful garment. It fits, it keeps me warm, and it will stay up over my nose when I need it to.

The star motif is subtle and that’s fine. This isn’t a super exciting design, but it works. I mainly made this for hiking. The Bare Naked Wools Better Breakfast DK is also very soft and very warm. I think I’d like to knit an oversized cardigan out of it.

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