The light is back! While Mother Nature boasts with shining white coverlets and sparkling surfaces, I cannot do the same, oh... the first sun rays are so very revealing, every single greasy finger mark and even the tiniest of dust balls run with their big siblings throughout the house. The urge to clean the windows is almost unbearable but this task has to wait as it is way too cold yet and will be for weeks.
I have continued the crocheted/knitted sweater, I have almost completed the main part but my progress has slowed down because I have to figure out the shaping for the neck at this point and that would require some planning and thinking and thus has been put on hold. I still love the process and it is a nice change to be crocheting every now and then for a bit.
Mostly I have dedicated my time for mittens. They are quick and portable and you can knit one mitten in just a few hours, that is if you don't grab very small needles. There has been lots of swatching (let's call it swatching although it is more like knitting a whole mitten and then ripping it out for something not turning out quite the way I envisioned beforehand), so I don't have that much to show you but here is one sample that did turn out.
I have been knitting with little heavier yarn that I usually knit my socks and mittens. I have used DK weight (BC Garn Lucca, 100% merino) but have used smaller (2½ mm) needles than recommended in the ball band (4-4½mm) to get sturdy fabric and I truly like this yarn. I made double knitted mittens with this yarn last winter for my daughter and she has been using them for the whole winter and they have worn just fine. I am really impressed with this yarn and plan to use it more. I am even thinking of knitting a cardigan or a sweater with this.
Did you notice the glove blockers in the picture, this was a happy coincidence and totally unexpected... I was cleaning my MIL's closet some time ago and happened to find these. They had never been used and had a price tag on them (59 US cents!). I adjusted the other one for mittens and will use the other for gloves.
All is good, the temperature is very good, just a bit below freezing, it is snowing, which means some work outside later today, but that is fine, it is Sunday after all.
Wool with you as always,
Oh, and a silly mitten picture from my journal...