I received a super surprise gift from my Secret Pal last week, and it came at the best time. I was having a yucky day, but when I came home I was greeted by this lovely package.
The bat is an oven mitt! He is so cute. When you insert your hand you can flap his wings. I love him. The little spools at the bottom are fun holiday ribbons...the perfect size for embellishments. And of course the most fun part...the holiday issue of Interweave Knits. I basically want to knit everything in this issue, but the first thing I will make is the lovely classic teddy bear. I am working on some projects now, but as soon as they are under control I am going to start on him. Thank you Secret Pal, you are the best. I am sending you out a little thank you...so watch your mail. :)
I finished up two projects over the past week. The first one is a pair of fetching mitts from Knitty.com. I knit them in Mirasol baby llama which is the softest yarn I have every touched. The softness of it makes the gloves a little floppy, but once they are on the hand you can't tell. They are great!
The second project is the snowball hat from Interweave Knits. I did not attach a pom pom because this hat will probably be a gift. I am going to make a second one in the same color for me. I used Lamb's Pride bulky, and one skein is enough for the hat and a giant pom pom. A very economical and fun project. I loved knitting with size 11 dpns. So quick and neat. I think I am going to make quite a few more of these.
In this photo I stuffed the hat with tissue paper. I wanted to show off the shape and the cables. Both are very hard to do without a hat model.
These were my first cable projects, and I am definitely hooked. I am working on a cabled scarf right now. I did two repeats to test out the gauge, and I am really happy with how the yarn shows the cables. I ripped out the swatch because I do not want to waste any of the yarn. I cannot wait to see how it turns out. I will post some progress shots this week. I will also update everyone on the Colinette kit this week. So many projects....so little free time. Why oh why can't I be a stay at home knitter.
Happy Monday everyone!