I used to be the kind of knitter who could only have one project on the go at a time. Those days are long gone! So far I have started two Christmas projects. The first one is the ever popular French Cancan shawl in Madelinetosh DK Tart for my mother-in-law. I have finished the main garter section and am about to start the border. However, I am hesitating as I am wondering if the shawl will be too small. I only have two skeins of Tart and the directions say to do the body with one skein and the border with another. The other option I have is to make the shawl bigger, using the second skein, and then use some Tart Madelinetosh Lace that I have for the border. I wonder what the lace would look like doubled up?
The next project I have on the go is from the new Wool People's 6th e-book called Bough. I am participating in the Tanis Fiber Arts Holiday KAL and am making the hat in Olive using TFA's Green Label. This will be a gift for my sister. Have you had a chance to look at the patterns in this book....they are absolutely gorgeous. The photography is also amazing.
My son has been begging me for a scarf too. I tried making the Noro Striped Scarf pattern with Plymouth Yarn Kudo, a cotton, rayon and silk blend but the yarn was terrible...it kept breaking as I knit so I gave up. As my son wanted something very plain I used Julie Hoover's free pattern, Forever Ribbed, which is a ribbed pattern using Paqu Pura yarn (100% alpaca) by Mirasol. I also added in a skein of Madelinetosh Prairie in charcoal. The scarf feels soft and I hope he doesn't find it itchy.
As a member of the Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club I received my final instalment of this year's yarn and pattern. The yarn is the Yellow Label in Saffron. Yellow is not a colour I usually buy but then I received the pattern Pemba Mitts by Julie Crawford...who could resist such a sunshiny pattern that would brighten even the darkest days of winter? New memberships are available for 2014...you should check it out. So now I have another pattern I would like to get done before Christmas.
|December TFA Club yarn|
I also recently bought an e-book by Romi Hill called the Great Oddments Knitdown. This subscription lasts a year. As all avid knitters know there is a always a variety of leftover yarn in your stash. Romi's goal is to use a box of yarn she has to create various small items creating a total of 15-18 items. If you are interested buy it quickly as the price will go up in the next fews days from $10 to $15. It will be interesting to see what she comes up with. Also I couldn't get over how friendly the group boards are for Romi's Studio site on Ravelry.
I hope you enjoy the upcoming season. I look forward to seeing everyone's projects. What are you working on?