FO: Hoarfrost Shawl

Hoarfrost is done. I love how it turned out. It is beautiful and smooshy, just as a shawl should be.

It was impossible to get good pictures of. Please excuse the child who refuses to wear pants.20190216_10255420190216_102655

This shawl was a delight to make. This is my second Andrea Mowry worsted weight shawl and probably not my last.

A dear friend’s father passed away earlier this week, so this shawl went to her. I wanted to give her a wooly hug that she can wrap herself in.


South Marysburgh Slippers

I finally decided what to knit my mother-in-law. She loves felted slippers, so I usually make her a pair every year. I do not like felting, so I decided to take this year off. After a lot of searching I decided to make her slippers that weren’t felted. I think she will appreciate having a light weight slipper for days that are cool instead of cold.

I stumbled upon the South Marysburgh Slippers in my favorites on Ravelry. I was pleased that it was a free pattern and only used about 100 yards of yarn. 100 yards is all that was left of my gift knitting attention span, so it was ideal.

I love this pattern. It knits up quickly. I was able to finish one slipper at a knit night last night. I like how the slippers look. I’ll be making this pattern again. I have plans to make a pair for a friend soon. I might make a pair for myself too. I think it is a great way to use up a 50g skein.

I used Knit Picks Swish Worsted I had floating around in my stash. I imagine she will be happy she can throw these in the wash.

Last night was International Knit for Peace Day. Did you participate? Ivy and I had plans to eat cheese and drink wine at my house, but she suggested we visit Knitting Next Door in Ankeny for their Knit For Peace knit night. I am glad we went. It was a nice group regular knitters. all of whom were welcoming. As an added bonus, Christina, the creator of Project Peace was there too. I was able to show off pictures of my Project Peace cowl to the designer. It was a great night, and it left me feeling more peaceful (also more nacho full, as Ivy and I shared nachos after knitting).

I hope you are getting any Christmas knitting done that you planned to do. I also hope you are finding peace in your life during this busy season.

Peace Project 2018

I finished my Peace Project 2018 Cowl earlier today. I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable the pattern was to knit.

I made a few changes to the pattern. I used DK weight instead of sport weight, because that is what I had in my stash.  didn’t adjust the needle size to accommodate for the thicker yarn, I prefer a dense cowl for Iowa winters. I only did 5 repeats of the small triangles, because I was making this for Audrey and little kids have little necks. I did not do an i cord bind off because the cowl is so dense I thought it would look weird, and also I just didn’t want to do it.

Audrey likes it and wanted to wear it when we went to look at Christmas lights tonight. Now to find a project to knit for my mother-in-law that takes less than a week to knit….

Bulky Waffle Hat

On Wednesday I mentioned that I was thinking about making a hat for my brother. By Thursday night I had moved from the idea of possible making a hat to selecting a pattern (Bulky Waffle Hat by Linda Suda). I pulled out some Wool of the Andes bulky from my stash and got to work…

…well, I tried to get to work, but I don’t have a pair of size 10.5 16 inch needles. I grabbed a pair of 9s instead and knit the largest size assuming it would work. I tossed it all in my knitting bag and headed to St. Louis.

Going down a needle size and up a pattern size worked out great. One thing that didn’t work? Forgetting a 40 inch needle to switch to magic loop at the decreases. Luckily my friend’s daughter likes colored pencils, so I grabbed them and told myself they were close enough to the needle size to work.

The pencils worked great, and I ended up with a hat I like a lot.

When I gave it to my brother he said “I already have a hat.” I had to make him take it at the end of our time together. I should know better to make a hat for someone who doesn’t care about knitting. It’s all OK though, as I now have less yarn in my stash.

I hope you were able to complete a project this weekend too.