If It Is Cold, It Must Be February

Brrrrrr.

I shouldn't complain; the Midwest of the US and Canada are in a deep freeze so deep that it may be July before they warm up. And, it is going to be much warmer here on the coast of Maine shortly. But right now, I am writing this and it is cold.

I got a few things knit last week.

 

Linus

My scrap sock yarn shawl is done. The pattern is Linus and it is really easy. It was a good palate cleanser after Abayomi.

 

Lynns socks

I finished Lynne's socks! It was a good way to remember Cape Cod.

 

I knit the Mayfield Mitts designed by Erica Huesser next, and found that a bird in the hand ...

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... is worth two on the back of Pogo! Shhhhh, I took this while she was asleep. Be vewy vewy quiet.

The palm side of the mitt is also beautiful:

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These mitts are unblocked, and I am sure they will be even prettier once blocked, but I was too excited to show you.

The yarn is Swans Island Sterling Collection fingering weight in the colors Jasper and Citrine, which made them sort of medieval looking. I love their Sterling Collection yarns, which are available in fingering and worsted weights. The fibers are 85% Certified Organic Merino and 15% Black Alpaca, which feels absolutely lovely. Because the alpaca is black, the colors are of course darker and richer than other yarns; they are really stunning. I am basically addicted to this yarn.

I forgot how much I enjoy stranded color knitting. This pattern was easy to remember on the palm, yet interesting to knit on the back of the hand; I loved watching the leaves and the bird appear as I knit. I highly recommend this pattern.

Pogo will be sleeping until Spring.

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Make Nine

So I was reading in the forums on Ravelry, and I came across the Make Nine Challenge. Apparently I miss a lot by not being on Instagram: I have an account, but never use it at all. Anyway, the Make Nine Challenge helps bring focus to your life, set gentle goals, center yourself. People can set their goals on specific things they want to knit, or they can include things that they want to learn,  goals that they want to achieve ... goals can really be anything. Putting it in writing is a way of focusing your mind.

I thought it would be fun to try and come up with nine things in the world of creating that I wanted to do in a year, so I have made a list. I give it until January 30, 2020 to see if I do them all, some of them, or none of them. Some goals are very broad and general, and some are terribly specific.

 

Beth's Make Nine Challenge

  1. Finish the Turquoise Zebra Blanket. It has developed a life of its own, like a child that goes on and on living with its parents, eating their food, never leaving. It is time for it to vacate the premises. I live for the day when I can say, "The Turquoise Zebra has left the building."
  2. Make at least one small thing each month (like socks, hats, mittens, small shawls). √ √
  3. Make three big things this year (like sweaters, big shawls). I have sweaters knashing their skeins in project bags, ready to be knit. The Turquoise Zebra, while HUGE, does not count because a) it has been ongoing now for two years, and b) it is almost completed. √
  4. Make one thing that is hard for me to knit. It might be because of the difficulty of the pattern, or the unusual technique, or the size and weight of it (sorry, that is the Turquoise Zebra talking).
  5. Become accomplished at knitting brioche. So far I knit a hat, flat, that was in one of Elizabeth Zimmerman's books, back in the 1980's, and another hat knit in the round in December of 2018 that I gave to my brother, despite the huge amount of errors in it. I need to get better at knitting brioche, try cables in it, try two colors in it. It looks so pretty.
  6. Design two patterns and put them on my blog.
  7. Knit the Selbu Modern hat, which has been in my Ravelry queue for ten years (March 26, 2009). That is before I had my stroke!
  8. Knit Saxony Socks by Lisa Lloyd which have also been in my queue for ten years (December 10, 2009). And I even have the yarn for them.
  9. Crochet a garment. I used to crochet Aran sweaters back in the eighties. I've crocheted a few blankets, hats and one sweater in my projects since I have been on Ravelry, so I thought I should beef up my crochet skills.

Mak moar knittdd mouses!

(Sorry. Pogo got on the keyboard again. Sigh. ::shakes my head::)

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