Not of snow, that's for sure. The temperature yesterday reached 69 degrees ! Today it's in the mid-forties and falling to mid-twenties tonight. Such a weird winter we've had this year, but I know from reading some of my favorite blogs, that even in New England there's been very little to resemble the winters they normally have.
It's a flurry of finished objects that's been happening around here. One of my goals for this year is to finish at least some of my many, many, many ( and many more ) projects that are currently taking up space on my collection of knitting needles. In fact, the reason I have so many knitting needles is that it's just easier to buy another needle sometimes, rather than put all those projects on stitch holders ( or, I suppose, actually finishing something before starting yet another .... but, what fun would that be ? )
|( Think those tulips have given it their all ? )|
First, it's a Bandana Cowl
from the Purl Bee
. I used a skein of handspun that needed to be made into something fairly small and useful. Don't you love the Purl Bee ? Their projects are nearly always something I want to cast on right away ( could be part of the reason for knitting needle shortage around here ). This skein of yarn came from my own hand-dyed wool/alpaca blend roving. It's really soft and comfy around my neck and I think it will become a favorite. Right now, I'm kinda over wearing scarves. There's always the wrapping and draping and looping thing to figure out with a scarf. Cowls are simple. You just slip it on and you're good to go !
Next is a sweet little bolero/vest that will probably go into the Christmas 2012 stash. ( I can hardly believe that ! What's the world coming to, if I have already knit something for Christmas ? ) I think this needs to go on a smaller body than mine and there are several candidates in my family. The pattern
is from Plymouth Yarn. The yarn I used came from my collection of Briar Rose yarn
. I. Love. Briar. Rose. I want to be able to dye yarn like Chris Roosien when I grow up ! I've never seen a Briar Rose yarn I didn't want to bring home with me. And, here's some really good news .... Briar Rose will be at the Kentucky Sheep and Wool Festival
, May 19 and 20, at Masterson Station Park, in Lexington, Kentucky. A lot of folks around here have not had the pleasure of seeing Briar Rose in person and I predict there will be a small riot at Chris' booth !
Last one for today ..... a very simple, garter stitch vest from the book ' Seamless ( or Nearly Seamless ) Kni
ts ' . Once again, I used my own handspun, natural colored wool/alpaca blend yarn. This was an easy, easy knit and the kind of thing I'm going to like wearing a lot. I'm a plain and simple person when it comes to clothing, so this is perfect for me.
Believe it or not, I have two more finished items that I'll share in a few days. I know ..... it's shocking !