Can I just say it’s really nice to be a knitter at Christmas? All gifts, garter-stitch scarves and ribbed watch cap, were well-received, and they fit (or were the right size) – whew! As I’ve detailed, this took more work than I thought, and I was actually casting off for the last scarf in the car on the way to Christmas dinner. Nothing like a little adrenaline to make gifting more exciting.
The Zara watch cap was nice and stretchy; I liked the yarn, but couldn’t imagine doing an entire sweater in a yarn so springy. The hat led to my favorite comment, from my brother-in-law: “I’m in awe of people who can create things like that.” And I wanted to say “It’s just K2 P2 ribbing.” Hee.
The scarf in Quark Mondial looked lovely and was nice and warm. I could actually have done it on slightly larger needles for looser stitches, but there was no way I was re-knitting it a third time. Hands down, my favorite yarn was the one that seemed the fussiest at first – Artful Yarns’ Circus. I had to re-start the scarf three times to get a cast-on I liked, but the scarf had warmth, the yarn was both pretty and substantial, and the color was beautiful. Tragically, this was the scarf I finished at the last minute, so I don’t have a picture – the closest I could come would be a photo of the yarn and needles in the glovebox of my car.
Santa was very good to me – a ball winder, two, count them TWO, sets of Denise needles (I think I’m keeping them both – is that wrong?), and three great books: Knit Hats! by Gwen Steege, The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book by Margaret Klein Wilson and perhaps best of all Men in Knits by Tara Jon Manning. There is not a sweater in that book that I don’t want to knit, but the cabled cardigan version of this vest made my husband go “ooh!”, so I’m ordering the yarn from Blackwater Abbey Yarns this week (Moss, I think). I’m excited to be getting to a project that doesn’t require fuzzy yarn or big needles – I must be a more traditional knitter than I thought.
Happy Holidays. and Happy New Year – after a brief break, I’ve already picked up the needles again, so I’ll have a progress report soon.