I thought I would start off with some FOs that I have completed recently. I made a sweater! and it fits!! and I actually gauge swatched….and…wait for it…washed my gauge swatch!!! I know, right? I think that statement totally needed to have 3 exclamation points.
The sweater I made is the Classic Raglan by Jane Richmond, which is a really well-written clear pattern. I heartily recommend it. I used Lion Brand’s Fishermen’s Wool (less than 2 skeins) as inspired by Kelly (CelticCaston). Incidentally, the folks over at Canadian Living are doing a Knitalong this month with this pattern.
It totally works with my plaid and gingham shirt collection (at least in my fashion-backward mind it does). I have the child’s version of this pattern as well and plan to knit one for my daughter soon. I think it would be great in a Cascade superwash.
I also completed these really fun socks from a Woolgirl kit that a friend gifted to me….these were soooo fun to make:
The toe and heel yarn (red) is Zen Yarn Garden sock yarn…not sure which type but OMG YUM!! The dark grey and white striped yarn is by Bellwether Sock by Studio Avenue Six, also delightful. I just made my own toe-up socks on 2.25 needles, 60 stitches around. I could definitely get used to those adorable Woolgirl kits!
In another first for me…I made a baby sweater for a neighbour. I’ve made hats and booties…but never a baby sweater. I used Tanis’ pattern called Sunnyside and it was just so fun to make. Very simple, too. I used some bright and cheery pink yarn I had in my stash and it worked out very well.
I was lucky enough to receive Tanis Fiber Arts Year in Colour Club for Christmas, and I thought I would share January’s shipment, which I am quite partial to:
The colour is called Truffle, and is on her Blue Label sock yarn…love!
I also ordered the February Hazel Knits sock club, on her Artisan sock base:
The top colour is called Salted caramel and the bottom is called Big Red. Swoon! The package also came with some delicious salted caramels. I’m really looking forward to knitting with these yarns.
Probably not. First of all Martha would never start with a 3$ synthetic wreath like I did. I then made some pompoms with my essential Clover pompom maker, left a pair of long yarns and tied it around the wreath. I think it looks cute. My inspiration comes from Bleubird. What an amazing wreath. I didn’t have enough scraps for all those pompoms and I wanted something quick, too. It has that imperfect rustic quality to it. Of course, I meant for it to look rustic and imperfect…
I hope to add some jingle bells, and perhaps a few smaller poms here and there, but we’ll see. It was definitely a fun way to use up some scraps. And I managed to finish yet another pair of Newfie mitts for Christmas gifting.