February was very:
- Pattern: Little Hearts by Teresa Fox (Ravelry link)
- Yarn: Random ancient Hot Pink wool from stash & Scraps of Valley Yarns Stockbridge in “Deep Red”
- Needles: Size 9, 32″ circs for Magic Loop
- Comments: These came out super cute! I feel a little guilty because I had the fun of making them and Knittymunchkin really wasn’t that involved, but he had absolutely no interest in making valentines this year. I had him stick stickers to the gift tags we attached and that was about all I could convince him to do. I figure his class is getting pretty sick of my hand knits by now, but I did get a very sweet photo e-mail from one of his classmates’ moms telling me that her son had been hugging his heart all day. Awww! Gave the teacher the lone red heart and the kids all got dark pink. I didn’t felt them because I didn’t have time, but maybe next time I’ll give it a try.
Back in September, I joined a swap group on Ravelry called Ewe LaLa Swap, mainly because the first swap they set up was one in which you swapped a handmade project bag and a ball of yarn and I was hoping to sort of force myself to learn to sew a project bag. It didn’t come out too badly (I used this free pattern) and my partner seemed to really like it.
This year I did the January-February Box of Color Swap in which our partner picked a color theme and it was our job to make and send them items to fit this theme. I amassed a big collection of stuff to send, which was really fun. But the best part was making some handknits for my partner. Her colors were a combination of red/orange/pink/ and a little dash of purple (here at design-seeds – which, by the way, is so much fun to browse!). Of course I went a little heavy on the pink and purple!
- Pattern: Hogwarts Express by Susan Ashcroft (Ravelry link)
- Yarn: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in “Blacklight”
- Needles: Size 6 circ
- Comments: I love how this turned out! One of the things I have always wanted to try, but have never gotten around to, is adding beads to my knitting. It always seemed so intimidating, but I thought this would be the perfect way to try it out, as you only add beads to the “eyes” of the owls. My swap partner loved all things owl, so this was the perfect choice. It was a pretty speedy knit too, and I got to use some beautiful HK Artisan Sock from my stash. The pattern was a little loosey-goosey for my taste and therefore a bit confusing for me at first, but I got it down eventually and this was a really pleasant knit. I was actually tempted to make one for myself once I tried it on, but then reminded myself I don’t really “do” shawls (at least not yet) so it would just be silly to make one for myself. The nice thing about swapping is getting to make things and then give them away!
I also made this for my swap partner:
- Pattern: Mosaic Knitted Pouches by Kate Sharaf (Ravelry link)
- Yarn: Noro Iro scraps in color #9 & random purple aran weight wool from stash
- Needles: Size 7 & Size 9
- Comments: I am disgustingly pleased with myself for using random scrap stash yarn to make this. It was a bit tedious to add the zipper and the lining and, in fact, getting up the resolve to do that portion of it took a lot longer than the actual knitting. I had to seam one of the sides too and that kind of got me kerbobbled, until I actually did it. And then I had to pat myself on the back for how easily I was able to match everything up. Not too bad. I hand sewed the lining and zipper in, figuring I could do a neater job by hand than with my machine. I’m still a little zipper-phobic. But it looked nice and it worked! Bonus. I almost (almost!) want to make some more of these….
On February 14th my friends Jess, Troy and I bravely began a laceweight sweater knitalong. I’m knitting the Cloudette Cardigan with this lovely blue Malabrigo Laceweight that I have had in my stash for eons. It’s actually going a lot faster than I’d expected, but I’ve had to put it down for a couple weeks because the purling is driving me bananas and I’ve been inadvertently pimped out to other knitting recipients by my Mom (more on that later). I think I’m going to love this when I finally do finish it though!
And, as expected, March has come roaring in like the lion it’s supposed to be. Meaning, I finally have an explanation for the bone-crushing weariness that has been plaguing me since November. Yep. I have a nasty little abscess hanging out next to my crown on tooth #30 and I gets to have me a big ole root canal on March 22. Fun. I hope this means I can expect March to go out like a lamb…..