But the amount of snow kept us all inside and happy. New books and lots of chocolate...and no need to go anywhere. On Boxing Day we had friends for glögg.My knitting spot got upgraded! I received a nice, bright spot light. I have enjoyed sitting and knitting under it. Children won't be going back to school until January 9th and with teenagers that means late nights. They go to bed well after midnight but then again nobody gets up before noon... the dogs and the cat will wake me up and keep me on the schedule (I don't mind) and I get lots of nice and quiet knitting time in the mornings before anyone gets up.
Hálfskák is done. She is being dressed at the moment and these pictures were taken before. It was a good piece of knitting. The first pattern was garter stitch lace and I first thought that I might not like it because I don't like garter stitch so much. But the lace is very airy and very soft. The edging is 'knit on the right side and purl on the back side' and you are not supposed to block the edging so it will stay frilled. Very nice. All in all it was easy to do and did not take ages to finish.
My shawl won't be as big as in the book, it will be about 60 cm long in the centre. The white Shetland was little thicker than the other three colors but I decided that it wouldn't matter because the other colors were used only for the frill.
I'm pleased with it.
With my short history of spinning and only few projects knit with handspun I'm most happy with the singles I have spun for lace. One of the reasons to buy a wheel was to get z-spun yarn for twined knitting and maybe I should try to focus on that again... But I did order new parts for my Louet to get thin lace yarn easier.
The year is coming to an end. Even though I have seen this happen so many times I feel that something ought to change... or new goals ought to be set, at least in knitting... what about promises, should I make some? Or at least set some kind of guidelines to myself. Abandon blue altogether?!! Use only green? Or is that too close to blue, should I go for orange?
Then again, when I started blogging I made a very serious promise to knit only useful items. See what happened... I have knit three lacy shawls in a row --- so much for practicality.
Do you make any resolutions?
PS. The question about mosquitoes... I'd rather not think about them yet. If I say there are lots of them after Midsummer it is an understatement.
And wolves. I have seen wolf's tracks by the photo shoot spot three winters ago. The wolf had come over from the other side of the lake and had gone back almost the same route. Am happy we did not meet.