Warning: content will contain large amounts of knitting/yarn reference. Application to your lifestyle may be limited. (Been watching a lot of Star Trek lately. We will miss you Mr. Nimoy. Sigh.)
Years ago they used to call knitting the "new yoga". Technically, I think it's closer to meditation, but I appreciate the comparison. Having something on the needles is very calming for me, even if it gives me a challenge, perhaps especially if it gives me a challenge. A few weeks ago Miss Cambria informed me that she wanted fingerless mittens with a top that could be removed. I did a little searching and found this pattern for Pop Top Mittens on Ravelry. Color and yarn were discussed and she decided that she wanted one pink and one purple. No problem, I can do that. Behold the end result.
I know, the decreases on the left side are sloppy. Anyway, they were a fast knit until I had to attach the flap. See, they are constructed with a handy little purl ridge to make picking up stitches a breeze.
Fantastic until I cast on and could not manage to make the flaps go the correct direction. Every time they were going up instead of down. I ripped it out like 5 times and my brain was completely boggled. I just finished reading "Still Alice" (fantastic book) and I was positive I was having Alzheimer's symptoms. It was like trying to figure out a bad math problem. Finally, it clicked and we have two mittens attached by icord because after all that she had better not lose one of those puppies.
Mittens accomplished and yarn left so I decided to make a matching scarf. I found "Pip" and quickly had a kind of cute scarf, seen here modeled by Mila the dragon.
Super fast and easy with worsted yarn and large needles. I hope she likes it. Oh! Purple side is Dream in Color smooshy...classy....I don't remember....the worsted option, and the pink is Malabrigo Rios. Comparing both yarns Rios wins hands down on softness, stitch definition, and price with the Classy at $20 for 250 yds and the Rios $14 for 210 yds (via WEBS).
Late in January Trina and I made a trip to Madison to visit The Knitting Tree. They have recently moved into a new space just down the block from their old store. They were having a Prism trunk show that we were interested in seeing. Quick shop review: the new space is very nice with a great inventory of yarn and notions. Parking is difficult, at best. Employees are semi friendly. They offered to wind the yarn I purchased and the first person who attempted it made a royal mess of it (and I'm being kind here) so another employee stepped in and just made it worse. I politely (I hope) asked them to stop and brought it home to wind myself. I just started from the other end and it wound up perfectly. Clearly they didn't have much experience in yarn winding and since I've worked in a yarn store, I feel like I can say that there is no excuse for this. I love the yarn I purchased, do not especially love the store. Was a fun trip with Trina, though. :-)
I went with the pattern for Ley Lines in my hand and with the express purpose of finding yarn to make it.
It's a really creative pattern using increases and decreases to make sections of ribbing seem to change directions. I chose the Dream in Color sock of the month color for January which I don't know the name of.
It's blues and purples with little silver sparkly bits that make it look like the night sky. They only had three skeins left and all three look different enough that I have to keep alternating balls (which is a pain, but worth the effort to keep it from getting all stripey).
This picture is the best of the bunch and still doesn't show the yarn accurately. Oh well. I love this pattern so much. I could knit this forever, which is probably good since it's going to take a good long time to finish. It will be great travel knitting.
Knitting content transmitted. Live long and prosper.