I’ve been neglecting this blog, and I feel awful for that, as it’s usually a big highlight of my week to sit down and write an entry. All I can say on that matter is do not get the flu, no matter how nicely you’re asked to. I named mine Charo and she was an unwelcome guest for nearly a month. And then we went away for Thanksgiving and that was another week of no writing.
But I’m back, Charo is gone, and things are pretty darn good. So many items of business to attend to that got lost in the time I was busy lying in bed and hating life!
One, I got to test knit a wonderful new pattern from Pam at Flint Knits. And I can’t post the picture here right now because it’s a surprise for Mr. Kninja, who doesn’t look at my Flickr stream unprovoked, but who does read this blog. If you’d like to see the awesomeness of this adorable pattern, though, here’s a link to my Ravelry project page. If you’re interested in the pattern, Pam should be releasing it very soon and it’s so fast that you still have enough time to whip up a few before the holidays are upon us in earnest.
Two, now that I’m well and upright again, I can get some modeled shots of the new Susan Scarf I made for the sake of creating a PDF version of the pattern that is charted and much clearer than my original messy “here’s what I did” instructions. I knit the new version in Rowan Kidsilk Aura, which I really like for this scarf as it is lightweight, warm, and blocks well. And since I used only two skeins it makes for a luxurious project that doesn’t break the bank. I’m hoping to get the PDF up in about a week as a holiday gift. There may be another little freebie depending on how fast I can work.
I’m starting work on my yearly unsolicited gifts for knitters list. I figure that while no one has ever asked me to do it, two years in a row makes it a tradition, and I enjoy looking up fun stuff to recommend.
There are a couple more finished projects that have gone unmentioned on the blog. I knew I wanted to knit something for my mother in law for Christmas, and after coercing my husband into interrogating his mother and spending an ungodly amount of time lurking around on The Fiber Fix‘s website, I settled on Becoming Art Cielo Fingering in Luminous Heart, a gorgeous purple and brown combo. I had intended to make a Milkweed Shawl out of the yarn, but Mr. Kninja told me his mother would like something I’d designed myself, so I whipped up my fifth Clothilde. Holy cats! Much to my pleasant surprise, the variegated yarn looked good with the Clothilde pattern.
Luminous Heart really is luminous. This is some truly gorgeous yarn, and I can’t wait to get ahold of some for myself, perhaps to finally make that Milkweed Shawl! Small shawls really do make excellent gifts. They knit up fast, hold interest for the knitter, and can be made using a single skein of sock yarn. I’ve got a little shawl crazy this year with the gifts, but I can’t resist.
I also whipped up a little bolero for Eleanor on a whim, using slightly less than a skein of Malabrigo Gruesa and some handspun held with RYC Soft Lux for the edging. It was an excellent stashbuster and looks super cute on Nora.
That’s all for now! I hope to get a lot more modeled shots in the days to come and will have my Unsolicited List of Gifts for Knitters up shortly. Take care!