Hello, yarn loving friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of knitting, eating, and relaxation. It seems like no matter how low I set the bar for holiday expectations around my house, I still seem to be "needed" much more than I would like by many short (and tall) people. Sadly, the knitting suffers a bit. Now, after many lovely people in my house, too much cleaning, multiple colds, and way too many no-school days, things seem to be returning to a more manageable pace. Time to evaluate what's in the bag and on the needles.
I have been working on a sweater for myself since October, and the end is in sight. Kaari has been on my list ever since Berroco released Norah Gaughan Volume 1 several years ago (still the best volume in my opinion).
After much internal debate on yarn and color, I decided on Manos del Uruguay Rittenhouse in Brick. I love the A-line shape of the sweater and the big smock pockets. I just have to finish seaming and crank out the neckband. I hope to be wearing it by next week. I'm a bit concerned that it's going to be a little tight under the arms, but hopefully a good blocking will relax it a bit. This yarn is so soft and wonderful, and I only needed 5 skeins for the sweater.
I have been working on felted Elf Shoes for my big girl, and she is getting impatient. I'm using Manos Wool Clasica for the main body of the slipper, and a little Cascade 220 for the sweet little trim. These things go so fast, especially in the kid's sizes; I really have no excuse for these taking so long. I blame the fat double-pointed needles for slowing me down. The pattern is free and very satisfying. Even though elf season is closed, I think my girl will still love them.
Because she is cold when we play outside, I started a sweater for her, too. The littlest girl gets all the good handmade hand-me-downs, but the big girl is sporting a ratty hoodie passed down from our neighbor. I had three skeins of beautiful purpley blue Dream in Color Classy laying around, so I started Rubble from Alison Brookbanks of 6.5 Stitches. I like the swingy quality of the design, perfect for a girl who gets hot and itchy in clingy sweaters. I plan to block the bejezus out of all of the ribbing to keep it loose and relaxed. It's going pretty fast, so hopefully I can show you some modeled shots soon.
I have a few other sweaters for myself on the needles, too. Apparently I am a selfish knitter.
I started a cardigan last spring, and I put it down over the summer when it got too hot to have a big wad of sweater on my lap. I'm not sure why I didn't pick it up again in the fall. I guess I was seduced by new projects, but I do love my V-Yoke Cardigan from Interweave Knits Spring 2011 by Amy Christoffers. I chose to stripe the lower portion, because I really like how the stripes show off the unusual construction of this sweater. I'm making mine in sport weight wool (maybe that's why I stalled out), although the original was designed with Classic Elite Firefly, a linen blend. I need to finish the body of the sweater, complete a serious I-cord bind off, and make some sleeves. I'm hoping to have this by February, but please don't hold me to it.
I'm also working on a really unusual pullover from Amy Christoffers (I love her stuff), and it's striped, too, in a way. It's the Division Pullover, knit with fingering weight yarn held both single and double to create a really interesting texture. I'm using some silk/cotton we had in stock years ago, but any fingering or sock weight would be perfect. I screwed up the armhole shaping, so I needed a little break from this project. I'd love to have it ready for spring, which seems pretty reasonable at this point.
I am working on a little headband pattern for you all, too. Hopefully I'll have that in the next week or two, provided I don't get taken down by another holiday or school closure.