Happy New Year yarn lovers!
Christmas 2018 has been one of the most relaxing holidays we’ve ever had at home. We have chilled out, we have spent quality time together, we have caught up on sleep, met up with good friends, read lots of books, watched a little telly. There have been walks and trips into town, and of course some knitting on the part of yours truly. Did I mention we’ve been very relaxed? But, it’s been a great time to finish up a few projects and cast on a few new things too. Here’s a round up of the finishes:
As usually happens right at the end of the year and particularly when I’m close to finishing a project, I cast on a new one. With Harrison’s Christmas hat almost finished and my Land of Sweets cowl blocking, I cast on for the Nøss fingerless mitts by Rachel Brown. These were a SUPER quick knit in bulky yarn - the luxurious and soft Tundra by The Fibre Co. We were seeing dear friends on Boxing Day and their daughter turned 15 on Christmas Eve. 15 is such a cool age and she’s a really cool girl so I thought she needed a little extra surprise separate from all the normal Christmas shenanigans (my mom was also a Christmas Eve baby so I totally get it!). Pattern awesomeness? The little cable detail up the front and back of the mittens, which was also part of the thumb and a great attention to detail.
Squeaking across the finish line on Christmas Eve was a hat to match Harrison’s new winter coat. It should have been finished AGES ago but it’s grey, and while soft, was a bit ho-hum to knit. That being said, the pattern was excellent. The 1898 hat is a free pattern on Ravelry and a really interesting construction with thoughtful details. The hat band is squooshy garter stitch doubled over (with a lovely i-cord for a terrific, finished look) with built-in ear flaps to keep ears toasty warm. The pattern calls for a worsted-weight yarn but I used some John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK in stash that’s pretty lofty but also deliciously soft thanks to the fact that it’s organically farmed Merino wool.
He was also very excited about his new Russian dictionary, since that’s what he chose to learn for a language this year. Definitely adventurous!
Finally, my Land of Sweets cowl / advent calendar knitting by Helen Stewart gets the credit for keeping me sane and chill in the run-up to the holidays. I was absolutely delighted with this knit, just eight rows per day, and it was the perfect thing to start the day with and a coffee, or work on before tucking into bed, or just in a quiet moment on the tube.
I really, really loved having just a tiny bit of knitting every day, and the surprise of seeing which colour came next (even though it was a kit that was opened all at once the year before). HUGE thanks have to go to my BKFF Rach for gifting me this present the year before, and to all the peeps on Instagram who weighed in on my colour changes and mini skein additions.
I’ve decided to make my own advent calendar for 2019 with more various minis that I have in stash - but that’s a project to tackle later in the year!