Hello, hello! I didn't mean to be gone for so long, I just cannot find the time to churn out a proper post. Everyone is sleeping in a bit this morning and I made a batch of gingerbread last night which will serve as a delightful breakfast, I'm sure, so here I am!
I have found loads of time for knitting lately and it's so nice to be enthusiastically back at it. I knit so little in the last few years with the arrival of our third child (still cannot believe it, y'all!).
Mittens for my little boy. How can a child of a knitter not have mittens? Well he didn't and it's been very cold here (and then very warm and then very cold again). These were knit in some old Beaverslide worsted and I will link to the Knitter's Review notes about this yarn because they are spot on. I do not much care for knitting it but it's so fun to watch it soak and transform in a warm bath. The pattern is Warmest Mittens.
I also had never knit my daughter a pair of legwarmers. I kind of just associated them with Jane Fonda, I think? During observation week I noticed dancers still actually wear them on cold mornings in the studio. So, I got right to it. These are knit in Knit Picks Superwash Wool of the Andes in the color Blossom Heather. It was nice to just pick a yarn and not have to worry about the itch factor, as she will wear them over tights. I used the yarn over cable pattern from Sensational Knitted Socks, a fun easy stitch pattern.
I also managed to almost finish two pairs of socks. One has just the toe left. This stripey pair (Regia Stripemania in "Leaf") knit up very quickly. It's a DK weight but I knit it as I would my sport weight socks, on US 2 over 48 stitches. I used the Fish Lips Kiss heel on this pair over 26 stitches for slightly more depth. It's a great fit and I love the mismatched stripes. And they look out of this world cute on the baby as legwarmers.
I crossed off a big spinning project towards the end of the month too. I finally finished nearly 800 yards of lace weight merino/silk blend (two braids dyed by Sunshine Yarns inspired by my very own picture), spun on my spindle (i.e 3.5 ounces took approximately 7 weeks). It was exhausting. I finish almost everything I start and I knew I would finish this, but I also know I don't have time for it right now so the spinning felt more obligatory than enjoyable. At any rate, it's done. The skeins are set to warp my loom tomorrow and I'm so excited to finally be weaving again. I'm a bit nervous too - this yarn is so lovely and took so much time and I've never woven handspun before. I hope I'm not disappointed.
I hope you have a lovely week, friends!