A Windy Day’s Works-in-Progress

Sure is windy out there. I mean, REALLY windy. I’m glad to be inside on a mid-week vacation day, sleeping, Ravelry-surfing, favouriting pics in Instagram. Everything but knitting and weaving.

I do have a few works in progress. I finished the teal was-going-to-be-a-neckwarmer-but-turned-into-a-headband a while back. It’s made from one of my favourite alpaca and wool blends. I bought some beautiful pottery buttons from Nancy Blokland Pottery to finish it off. I’m leaning towards the birds-on-a-wire button. The other one is a polar bear (we’re from Manitoba, home of the polar bears), but the design is a little hard to see in this photo. What do you think?

  

Yep, the more I look at it, the bird button is the one.  Now I can’t get the Bird on a Wire song by Jennifer Warnes out of my head.

I also finished off the Ndebele Hat (Lisa McFetridge) in dramatic black and white superwash wool. I love the pattern and plan to knit it again in other colours. This one will fit a child under 10.

cool, eh?

Next up on the needles is a neckwarmer in a beautiful lofty and lustrous aran wool from West Yorkshire Spinners. It’s an imported British natural ecru wool from Bluefaced Leicester sheep. Yummy. My nana was from Yorkshire so of course I had to buy the wool–it would have been wrong not to.

I am knitting it up in the Cable Neck Gaiter pattern from Christine Vawker. Sadly her blog disappeared right after I copied down the pattern so I hope I have it right.  It’s a delicate cabled pattern with shifting cables. I quite like the effect.

   

   

and from the cat gallery…

  

Here is youngest cat on the hairy cat chair watching me take photos on the Trusty Trunk. If it weren’t so blasted windy, I would have ventured outside into the natural sunlight, but that’s for another day. 

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Momma’s Got Her Groove Back

Well, that was close. For near on two weeks, I completely lost my knitting mojo. Maybe it was the endless winter, or maybe I had done the same pattern over and over too often, but I couldn’t bring myself to pick up the needles. Or the loom. It felt over. Nothing inspired me.

So, I sat back a bit, reduced my steady diet of social media and dug into reading.  I went to the conservatory, listened to music, took myself out for coffee and hung out with my family. And didn’t you know it, I found myself looking through my Ravelry library for something new.

And here it is…the Ndebele hat, based on South African motifs. When I bought this pattern a little while back, profits were going to the Ebola elimination effort. So, not only does it look great but it feels great to knit as well.

  

Momma’s back. Life is good.

Could it Really be Spring?

Here in the Canadian prairies, winter goes on and on forever, cold, windy and long. But in one short weekend, we have turned the corner and almost all of the snow has vanished! 

Which, it is to say, makes it harder to focus on winter knits. IT might be time to switch to woven cotton scarves!

In any event, here is what I have on the needles currently. Didn’t realize I was on a bit of a blue run!



Sandinavian style mitt in 100% Peruvian Highland Wool



Braided Cable Neckwarmer in wool and alpaca



I think I’m in Love 

in my last post I shared my progress on a new endeavour–Scandinavian-style knitting.  Well, now I’m completely enamoured of Aimee Alexander’s Snow Ghost series of patterns (available on Ravelry).

In case you were worried, my wonderful and patient friend Nancy did receive her left mitt to go along with her right one and she loves it!





I then made the Snow Ghost Slouchy Hat in worsted weight, and, like the other patterns, I am going to have to increase my needle size a fair bit, but this hat will make some child happy!





The beauty of this pattern is in the details–look at the crown! Love.

Obsessed as I am, I have started a new set of mitts in a beautiful blue and cream. So, on our first warm day in weeks on the Canadian prairies, I am knee-deep in Peruvian Highland Wool. 

Ah…life.