Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunny Sunday

Don't let that sun fool you, it's still darn-tooting cold out there. My Lumi kept me nice and warm as Dave dragged me out to deliver a laptop he sold.

Despite that, when we got back, I didn't want to hang outside and take pictures. So, instead I threw open the curtains and let the sunshine in! (Miss Peno is VERY pleased with that decision!)

So here are some decent pics of the latest FOs.Up first - Coronet in Big Cat - colour is Kaia. I've worn this a few times now and the Big Cat is so squishy soft, and definitely keeps me noggin warm.Rocky is not the most obliging model... but he did better with the matching mitts....The mitts are my own concoction, and I have permission from the hat designer to share the pattern with you all as soon as I get it put together - it should be some time this week.

I did consider casting on the second Jungle Cat sock, but after being taunted by Minding My Own Stitches Linen Stitch Scarf I knew I wasn't going to be happy with a lacy sock.

Now, as you know, I do have a bit of a surplus of left-over sock yarn kicking around, but I don't want to use any of it for anything else until I get the Crackghan off the needles. (And I'm hoping to start a Barn Raising blanket after that)

And then there is the other thing that has been taunting me for months...
This beautiful skein of handspun from Smoking Hot Needles. I bought this back in November or maybe October, and was unable to do anything with it becuase of my Christmas obligations. It's been sitting on my coffee table teasing me, seductively whispering, "cast on... you know you want to. I'm soft and fully of pretty colours ... you want to touch me."

I have resisted until last night. I was cleaning out my Ravelry queue and I came across the Crow Waltz Shawl. It uses the linen stitch, just like that gorgeous scarf! And I thought to myself - it would be a perfect platform for showcasing the gorgeous colour changes in the handspun too.

It's unlike any shawl I've done so far - this one starts with the edging then the stitches are picked up for the middle.

So... I dug out some plain black Regia for the edging, and I'm not quite scratching the linen-stitch-itch just yet...
I'm only about half done the edging. But I will be soon. So, if you don't see a completed pair of socks for a while... blame Minding My Own Stitches!

8 comments:

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Ah, I knew you'd want to cast on... how could you resist? And you're right - linen stitch is likely to be gorgeous in that handspun.

Denise said...

Those mittens and hat will go well together.

Looking forward to seeing your progress on the shawl.

lexa said...

It's cold here, too. Tonight it's supposed to be -25C with the wind chill, tomorrow -27C with the wind chill! I've been letting the dogs out long enough to do their business, that's it. Luckily this cold snap is only supposed to last til Tuesday, then it's back up tio good old -1C or +1C. I don't mind the cold so much if it isn't windy.

Monika said...

Love your hat and mittens, especially the color of the yarn. And it looks quite soft. Must have been nice to wear with that cold weather!
I've got to look through my queque on ravelry more often, this shawl is there. It's really lovely. I like linen stitch, it looks great, but a little bit of a PIA to knit. :o)

Delusional Knitter said...

Love the mittens, they really go well with the hat. The color is just delicious!

Knitting Linguist said...

So beautiful! The colors in that skein are wonderful, and I love the hat and mitts. Stay warm!!

Lee said...

I can't wait to see what that shawl will look like.
I love the hat very pretty. I love the braid on the mitts and hat very nice.

zoom said...

I think I'm just going to knit vicariously through you from now on. That handspun is gorgeous, and I love the hat and mittens too.