This morning I had the incredible fortune of waking up before the kiddo. It’s a rare and special treat (often due to a growth spurt on her part) and I try to absorb as much of them as possible. It also happened to be one of the coldest nights of our rainy winter so far, which brought a sparkly frost. After knitting and coffee, and the sun rising up through a cloudless sky, it poured through the windows and danced around the kitchen, bounced off ice capped water and burst through leaf-bare branches. I couldn’t help but get outside .
I am enjoying a bit of selfish knitting before the New Year. This past year has been a bit different for me with my knitting, digging into new designs more heavily, and working with deadlines more than ever before. Although I didn’t do much gift knitting at all, I still felt in the run up to Christmas that I wanted a bit of a breather and enjoy some downtime knitting – to knit whatever I want, and preferably someone else’s pattern! I’ve been working away on Mister’s sweater (more about that one soon!), I’ve already completed a Prim hat for myself, a pattern by Andrea Mowry – and currently working with some incredible bulky Lopi from Green Bow Farm in Washington and the Nordic Wind shawl by Deneise (Cabinfour). It is also my contribution to a KAL put on my friend Ashley over at Woolful.coml (more info here). I hope to explain more about the wonderful efforts Ashley is putting into supporting small flock and pure breed yarns, but she has made this amazing yarn available in her new online store WoolfulMercantile.com (although at this point it is sold out, sorry!)
I’m not usually a triangle shawl fan, and almost went ahead with my plans to adjust the placement of the increases for a crescent type shawl, but I am enjoying how this huge and bulky blanket-like project is coming along. I think the gradient of the natural fleece colours will be more dramatic within the triangle shaping. Becuase the yarn is thicker than the Lopi called for in the pattern, I went up to US11/8mm needles to maintain an open gauge and some drape. I am updating my notes as I go on my project page.
I cannot wait to get this project about my shoulders – most likely only one more night of work!
Which will bring me almost into 2015…. already?! I hope your way into the New Year is peaceful and inspired!