January 29, 2013

busy knitters

Thanks so much for all of your comments letting me know what you're up to. The cold weather makes me want to do nothing but curl up and knit, so it's nice to see I'm not alone in this pursuit. And thanks for stopping by my oft-neglected little blog. I really love having you here.

So, the winner of the giveaway is Craftivore! Hopefully some new yarn will cheer you up after your project disaster.

Happy knitting!

January 21, 2013

blogiversary 4.0

Things have been busy lately. And half my energy is going towards just keeping warm in these frigid temperatures. But I will have knitting to show soon. In the meantime, I realized it's my blogiversary next Tuesday, so I thought I'd do a wee giveaway. Leave a comment telling me what you're knitting, or spinning, or thinking about in general. I'll pick one randomly next week on the 29th and that person can pick an item of their choice from my shop.

Stay warm!

January 2, 2013

gift parade

Happy New Year! I hope you've recovered from the holidays. I'm very grateful to have some time off to relax and recharge.

So, a few months ago I vowed to take this year off from gift knitting because I had too much else happening. I promptly fell off the wagon and made the following:

Pattern: DROPS dogs coat
Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in 'Ravelry Red'

(My Mom has a small and adorable dog. She was getting chilly).

Pattern: A Grey Loop by Helen G
Yarn: Doodles in String Merino DK in 'Why Don't You Marry It?'

(My friend L, with whom I share a birthday, had the fabulous idea to exchange items, so I made this for her. I will post photos of the lovely gift she sent me soon).

Pattern: Chevalier Mitts by Mari Muinonen
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in '1960'

(This is my new favourite mitt pattern. Great fit, interesting construction, challenging cables. I made these for my daughter's violin teacher).

Pattern: Chevalier Mitts, again
Yarn: Knitpicks Swish worsted in 'Cobblestone Heather'

(These were for my sister-in-law).

Pattern: Squall Hat by Glenna C
Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza-Whatta Skein! in 'Blackwatch' (held double)

(The minute Glenna released this pattern I knew it would be perfect for gift knitting. I made 2 in this colour from the same skein, one for my niece and another for my friend S).

Pattern: Squall Hat, again
Yarn: Doodles in String Merino Worsted in 'Understory' (held double)

(This one is a bit smaller, as I didn't have quite enough yardage. It fits my daughter well, though. I also made a 4th Squall Hat using Knitpicks Swish worsted in Cobblestone Heather for my friend M, but didn't have any daylight hours to take a photo).

Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A
Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Sock Yarn in 'Secret'

(Fun, quick pattern I plan to make again. These were for my Mom).

OK. I guess I enjoy knitting gifts. I shouldn't fight it.