The pre-Christmas blizzard gave me time to spin up some bulky yarn for a pair of convertible mitts for my sister.
Okay, so the yarn is too bulky and wonky to do what I did. It was one of those gifts where I had to explain why it would be nice to receive. I also promised to do better next time. I imagine the mitts will join the ‘archive,’ rather than being used. At least it’s a nice color and a learning process. I learned why it’s better to struggle to pick up the stitches than try to knit magic where it doesn’t want to happen. At least until I become a better knitter and spin finer yarn (finer on several counts).
Here’s Mom’s Malabrigo vest. I’m so glad I have a ball of this yarn left over to play with.
I knit up a Jacques Cousteau hat in a nice handdyed black yarn a friend gave me. Snappy little hat. Wonderfully simple.
Knitting in the New Year: how I spent my last and first hours
In the hours leading up to the changing of the decade, I watched way too many episodes of America’s Funniest Home Videos as I finished a pair of simple black mitts for a guy on the bus I take to work. I’m happy with them...they reassure me that when push comes to shove, I can produce items which are not overdone or embarrassing for the recipient. It’s just not as fun during the process, being a person who gets a kick out of the interplay of colors.
When the mitts ended, the videos continued on, and as they did they became funnier. (The only bubbly drinks I had were Coke and Green Tea Ginger Ale, so it couldn’t have been the influence of alcohol.) The knitting continued as well, and I got to play with colors once again. I began the first of two mug cozies, a strip of simple garter stitch with decreases and an I-cord button loop on one end.
The second I cast on in the dark of a movie theater on New Year’s Day, and when I reentered the world of light I added a butt upon which the mug may sit, a sort of built-in coaster.
I want to tweak it the next time I make one. How nice it is to have such care-free, quick, and useful projects that love being knit from your left-over scraps of fun yarn! Having scratched the itch, I returned happily to Dad’s sweater vest, adding a bit of shaping before launching into the grand expanse of stockinette.
My sister gave me a belated Christmas gift in the wee hours of the new year, one which has a lot of bang for its buck: Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac. I’m currently poring over the January Aran Sweater. I'd love to make it, but I don't feel right about the yarn I have, and it's probably not the time to buy more. Some day, I'm sure. I do have some lovely light blue intended for a vest, so maybe that will suffice for now.
May this year bring you many reasons to look back and be glad.