I don’t know what it’s been like where you are, but our weather has been boomeranging between temperatures this week. We started off at sub-zero temperatures at the beginning of the week, and now it’s as warm as an early Spring day. I have a feeling this is just how it is now that climate change is an unstoppable force, but I’m still going to hope for snow 😀.
I just love the way everywhere looks when it’s been frosty, how each blade of grass and vein of a leaf is outlined in hoar, sharply defined in a way that makes you stop and notice just how beautiful it all is. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of crisp, wintery mornings.
My Split Mittens have been unearthed from the hats and gloves basket this week. They’re looking distinctly battered now, but they are three years old and they have had a LOT of wear! If you fancy making a pair for yourself (and seeing how they looked when they were new!), you can find the pattern here.
Now’s the time of year for writing Christmas cards, for making festive preparations, for getting ready for the end of the year and the start of a new one – a blank page to write a whole new set of adventures on. It’s always at times like these that the urge to cast on something new grips me – what is it about a big to-do list that urges you away from doing what you should be doing to doing what you’d rather do instead? 😀 There is some rationale behind this, though – I have lots of plans for next year and I’m revisiting my Continental knitting technique in an effort to take the pressure off my right arm and shoulder. So far, it’s slow but steady; I’ve been watching YouTube videos and asking knitting friends both on and offline how they hold their hands, their yarn and even their knitting to see if I can find a way that feels comfortable and is at least a similar speed to my current style.
So, in an effort to do something productive whilst I’m practising, I’ve cast on a DK (8ply) sock (you can find the pattern here) in West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK (shade Rum Paradise). Being a DK sock, it’s growing quickly and I’m doing my best to knit as much of it as I can in my Continental (actually Norwegian) style. The Aire Valley yarn is discontinued now and was replaced earlier this year by Colour Lab, a no-nylon yarn which knitted up into a good pair of socks – I’m about due to write the review for it, I think – I’ll try to get that done before the end of the year.
Here’s tonight’s job. I’ve got more socks that need darning than are in my sock drawer now, so drastic action is called for! I don’t mind doing it, but I’d rather be knitting which is why I’ve put it off.
Finally – and I’m sorry about the short notice – I’m at Yarn Etc in Harrogate tomorrow (Saturday 7 December 2019) from 10am – 4pm if you’re local and can come in to say hello. I’ll have my books with me and am always thrilled to see people’s socks, either on feet or on the needles! The shop address is 17 Knaresborough Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SR.
Right – those holey socks are calling! Have a lovely weekend, whatever you’re doing – and I’ll hope to see some of you tomorrow! xx