Saturday, January 14, 2017

Temperature Scarf and Pussy Hat

I'm sure many of you have heard of the concept of a temperature blanket. If not, you can find hundreds of examples by doing a search on Pinterest or Instagram. The idea is that you assign a color to a range of temperatures. At the end of every day, you knit or crochet one row in the color of yarn that matches the high temperature for that day. By the end of the year, you have a record of the weather in your area. At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to make a scarf, rather than a blanket, because it's a little more manageable, and frankly, I don't have room to store a huge blanket while I'm working on it. This is what I have for the first 13 days of January 2017.



As you can see, I've chosen cool colors for cool temperatures, and I have warmer colors (yellow, orange, and red) on hand for when it gets warmer. I think it will be interesting to see the progression of colors as the year goes along.

In other news, there is a big women's march in Washington, DC, on January 21. Unfortunately, I can't travel to DC right now for financial and other reasons, but I do plan to attend the sister march in Chicago, along with several friends. Many of us are knitting pink hats with cat ears (also known as pussy hats) as a form of protest. For more info, check out the website for the Pussyhat Project. This is the hat I'm going to wear.




I stopped at my local yarn store Yarnify last night and got some more pink yarn so I can make a couple extra hats to give to friends or to anyone at the march who wants one. This will be my first protest march, so I'm really excited about it.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

First Project of 2017

Happy New Year! Hope 2017 is treating you well so far. I started these socks when I was on vacation last week and finished them last night.



The yarn is Imagination from Knit Picks in the color Ruby Slippers. It's a super soft wool, alpaca, and nylon blend. It has been frigid in Chicago the past few days, so some warm wool socks are a necessity, not a luxury. Hope your knits are keeping you warm, too.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

One Last Post for 2016

I managed to squeeze in a couple of small projects before Christmas. My nephew's aunt and uncle are expecting their second baby, so I made a bib and a burp cloth.




I really like the yellow and blue stripes on the burp cloth. The patterns for both are in the first Mason-Dixon Knitting book.


The yarn is good old Peaches and Creme. It's 100% cotton and machine washable and dryable. I'm so glad I bought several huge bags of this yarn before Pisgah Yarn got bought out and closed their doors.




A dear friend gave me this Noro Silk Garden book and the Hamilton Mixtape for Christmas. She knows me and my obsessions so well. This is pretty much the perfect Christmas gift for me.

I definitely won't be posting next week because I'll be traveling to western New York to visit family, so I'll wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you again in 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas Knitting and General Christmas Cheer

Greetings, knitterati. As of 4:30 pm yesterday, I am officially DONE with Christmas knitting. I made a cowl, a scarf, and five hats. Only four hats are shown in this photo because two of them were identical--I was running out of ideas at the end.





I braved the post office (which is like Lord of the Flies this time of year) and got everything sent out, so my recipients should be getting their presents well before Christmas.

In addition to knitting gifts, I've been participating in some Christmas-related activities. Sunday was our annual church bake sale. I contributed these loaves of sourdough bread and some cookies.


 Tuesday and yesterday, I went to the Chicago Christkindlmarket with some friends. The main entrance is guarded by these giant nutcrackers.


Much gluhwein was consumed from these very cute commemorative mugs.



Tuesday night my friends and I also went to the Walnut Room at the former Marshall Field's to see the giant Christmas tree.



I think the display windows outside have been really boring and basic ever since Macy's took over, but I'll grudgingly concede that they always do a good job with the tree.

Finally, since no one ever gets me what I really want, I always buy myself a little Christmas present. This year, I got a little silver fox charm from Jamber Jewels.



It's too adorable! I like it so much that I'm going to use it as my avatar from now on.

This will probably be my last post of the year (unless I have time to knit something else before I take off for my Christmas vacation), so whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or the Solstice or just having time off to spend with those you love, I wish you the happiest of holidays!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Christmas Knitting Continued and a Baby Blanket

I finished that scarf for my friend. I think it's quite handsome.



Hope he likes it. Men can be persnickety about clothes sometimes.

I also started knitting a candy-cane hat for a friend's little girl. It's her first Christmas so I wanted to make her something special.

 

Of course, now it occurs to me that I might have to make something for her older siblings, too, so they don't get jealous. I'll have to give it some thought.

My nephew's mom recently got married and she's already expecting a baby, so I'm going to make a blanket with this yarn.


She isn't due until next June, though, so I'm setting aside the yarn until after I'm done with my Christmas gifts. This is going to be a big adjustment for my nephew. He'll be nearly 10 by the time his half-sibling is born. It will be interesting to see the dynamic between them, given the big age gap.

Since I have so much time, I may even make another prayer shawl before I start the baby blanket. I heard from the ladies at church who are organizing the prayer shawl ministry that a couple of our shawls have been given out and were very well received. The pastor is really happy about the ministry and wants us to continue it. It's always gratifying to know that your work is appreciated.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Christmas Knitting and a Limited Edition Yarn

I wasn't planning to knit any Christmas gifts this year but this woman in my church choir has been kind enough to pick me up for every rehearsal (I don't have a car), so I decided to make a jagged little cowl for her. She's very stylish so I think she'll like this striped chevron pattern. The yarns are both Stroll tonal from Knit Picks.





I had plenty left over so I decided to also make a scarf for my choir director, who also sometimes gives me rides home from rehearsal. He's also a great friend. These colors are going to look great with his blueberry eyes. I'm using the mistake stitch rib pattern.



The ladies over at Mason-Dixon Knitting commissioned Jill Draper to make a custom color way of her amazing Rifton yarn. I resisted for a while but finally bought one. Isn't it gorgeous? This photo doesn't do it justice.

 

I haven't decided what to make with it yet. Once I do, you know I'll post pictures.

Are you knitting Christmas gifts? If so, I wish you lots of happy holiday knitting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Crocheted Cowl

I finished crocheting this cowl during my lunch break yesterday. I think I'm going to wear it for the first time this evening. The colors are perfect for the season.




I've already cast on for another cowl (a knitted one), but this one will be a Christmas gift for a friend. Photos will follow when it's done.