It is snowing here. I am excited about this. What I am *more* excited about is the fact that it is so warm in my old, drafty house that I am hanging out in short sleeves and no socks. This has never happened before. It was costly to repoint and rebuild the chimneys and have the old basement behemoth serviced but it was definitely worth it. It is a truly awesome thing that we are using the furnace built back in 1922. How cool is that?
I finished the cowl I last blogged about some time ago. I’d check ravelry for the date but it hasn’t been working for me much of the day. Here’s a pic:
This was knitted from 100% qiviut; it used about half the ball. It is very soft — almost too soft. I followed the pattern exactly except for the bind off; I used my typical lace cast off instead. I was worried about fitting it over my big melon but that wasn’t the problem. The problem is it is so soft and loose that it doesn’t keep its shape when worn. It works better for Stacey for some reason (I’m thinking my neck is a bit too spindly for it). I considered making an i-cord and threading it through the cowl into a loose tie to help. Still considering it. It’s not getting much use right now.
It is a beautiful pattern, though, and I’m looking forward to knitting it again in a worsted (or even bulky) weight.
On the needles right now is a shawl that is giving me problems (for a swap I’m in, so there will be no blogging about it until that is over) and a small shawlette called 198 yards of heaven. I’m knitting it in Cascade 200, a heathered pink colorway, on size 8 needles. This is part of a Christmas gift for my sister and I’m comfortable posting it here because she doesn’t visit this blog. I’ve completed the set up, 1 complete run through the first chart and about 9 rows of a second repeat.
I’m not crazy about the start. This pattern doesn’t have a garter stitch tab and, as a result, it sort of dips at the starting point. I’m hoping it will even out with blocking and, if it doesn’t, that it isn’t terribly noticeable. Mary isn’t a knitter and may not notice such a tiny detail, especially since it is at the back of the neck.
I think this project is the beginning and end of my Christmas knitting. I find that handknits aren’t appreciated by many non-knitters and often regret giving them. I’m actually not even sure I’ll be seeing anyone this season. We didn’t go to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving and we won’t be going to the Christmas Eve celebration at my brother’s house either (our work schedules interfere with most holidays and we are the only ones who work shift work and holidays). I’m hoping to make it there at some point but we will have our own little Christmas here and it will be nice.