As promised, there’s more stitching to show.
This. This thing of warmth and beauty. Last time I put it on the scale, it weighed in at 3+ lbs of wooly warmth. I really, really wanted to finish it before the end of 2011 (Happy New Year, btw!!) but the blanket is a now a behemoth and the knitting is a bit strenuous. It wasn’t fun anymore, so I took a break and I’ll tackle those borders a little more slowly this time. One finished, three to go.
P spoiled me with 100% silk yarn (So unbearably wonderful) for both my birthday and Christmas! A skein of the birthday yarn was immediately slotted for a growing leaves cowl. As much as I love all sorts of wools, even baby alpaca and merino irritate my skin, especially my neck. Oh, I still wear them, but this silk isn’t irritating in the least.
It’s just about finished. Once it’s done it’s headed for a brilliant blue iDye wash. I’m hoping the straw colored yarn will come out a handsome green. We’ll see.
For the Christmas silk, P found 10 (!) skeins of affordable orange silk from a de-stashing woman on et*sy (Isn’t he thoughtful??). I have enough of this to make something substantial. I think I need to knit a lovely shawl. I couldn’t find anything on Ravelry that quite suited my fancy, so I’m going to pick up some stitch pattern books from the library and create my own.
Several months ago I finished the linen washcloth/facetowel travel set. And then I promptly put the washcloth through the dryer. Now I have a facecloth and mini-washcloth set. No matter. It’ll still get plenty of use!
A friend gave kindly me a gift certificate to my favorite LYS for my birthday. And then the shop had a holiday 50% off sale for selected merchandise. I promptly headed over and scooped up these three gorgeous skeins of blue, aran weight, merino wool. After the sale and the gift certificate, each skein cost me for $1 (normal retail of $13/ea)! I can’t decide if it wants to become a big, delicious, squishy scarf or a couple of baby sweaters. Any thoughts?
I still have several blog posts that need to go up – a Christmas recap and my One Little Word for 2012. We leave early Tuesday morning for a week vacation to the Yucatan, so I’ll try to squeeze them in tomorrow. If not, I’ll see you in mid-January!