Hi folks! I hope your breaks are all going just lovely. Did you have a good Christmas? Mine was really wonderful over here. We had snow on christmas eve and then a little more on christmas day, which was just beautiful. Not very much... just a couple of inches, but I'll take it. :)
I had a very fibery Christmas, too! My mom bought me some GORGEOUS hand spun undyed alpaca from a little farm back home. The alpacas name is Hamlet. hehe Any suggestions on what to knit from this? I really don't know the yardage, and it varies from bulky in some spots to more like dk in others. Maybe a cowl of some kind? Where on Ravelry would I search for patterns that are good for hand spun yarn?
The Mr. Pie bought me some yarn I've had my eye on for a long time now! It's 100% cotton Color Changing Yarn from Wolle's Yarn Creations on Etsy.
It's really neat yarn and I LOVE the colours. It's made up of 4 very small threads and the colour changes happen by changing one thread at a time to the new colour. Pretty cool. What I'm not a huge fan of is that the yarn isn't plied, which is kind of strange, and they just kinda tie in the new colour so you end up knitting with 6 threads for a little bit and you have ends to snip off. I'm super excited about this one and knew immediately what I would cast on - the Lace Christmas Rose scarf by Susann Hajjar.
What I love about this pattern is how there are so many different lace patterns, but they all blend so beautifully in to one another. It's very fluid. You can see I chose to knit green on the ends and it'll be the light tan colour in the middle. I love waiting to see when the changes will come! It's exciting knitting. Also, I never get bored of the lace pattern, which is my typical problem with these long lace scarves. I just finished the first of 6 sections! 15% done!
The first pictures of well received Christmas gifts are trickling in, too. Here's one of my baby niece and god-daughter Alora in her new sweater (the baby body armor) and the tutu her Great-Grandpa bought her. Oh my goodness it's WAY too cute!
I also finished a project over Christmas! Mr. Pie's socks that I was knitting out of a great dark green Araucania wool yarn.
This was a another pattern out of the Toe Up Socks book that I got for Christmas last year. I think it's my third or fourth one! I'm thinking the other books might be coming my way soon! I had a TON Of this yarn left over because after my last incident where I ran out of yarn, I was wary of it happening again. Mr. Pie bought me my very own yarn scale though, so never again! YAY!
Did you guys get as spoiled as I did this Christmas? Do you have snow where you are? I have one week of vacation left, and I intend to knit my heart out! :D