January is putting us back on track what comes to weather. It is cold, -15°C (that would be 5F), not that cold, but good for January. The level of snow is high, maybe 50cm (0.55yds), sadly the ice situation is not good at all. We got lots of snow when the ice was still very thin and now the snow insulates and there are places where the ice underneath the snow is quite weak. While people up here are used to be on ice (with skies, snowmobiles) at this time of the year, lots of restraint is needed.
Thank you for your comments on the mittens. And yes, even the plain areas are stranded, that is one color but two balls, one stitch from one ball, another stitch from another ball.
Over December and January I have been knitting all sorts of things and this hopping from one project to another is not very good for blogging, as you feel that nothing is worth showing since most are going to be frogged anyway. There are few things that I am still thinking of and here they are in random order.
Little baby pants. Most likely will finish them, they are not very far yet, I will need to add details or something interesting to them (yarn Grignasco Tango, had a big ball from an old frogged project and I often use old-already-once-or-twice-used yarns for trying out various things while making the shaping).
Little baby hat. I love this hat and the design is almost finished, just one little adjustment needed. Ever since knitting the Little-Pete hat, I have wanted to knit a lacy little hat for a little girl. I kept only thinking about it and never really took it to the needles until last week. I grabbed one book out of my bookcase with knitting patterns and told myself that the pattern would come from this book, I would not look for any further, would just pick one and start swatching with it. This was a good move, sometimes one needs to have limitations to be able to be free from other possibilities and then it often leads to some results. (Yarn Sandnes Lanett, baby merino)
Another cloche-style hat(s) for me(?). Love this design and love this hat, have been wearing a blue one (not in the picture) the whole winter but would like to have it in other colors too. The design fits my head very well and I am happy with the way the original blue one is lined - so all these are waiting for linings (and then pictures). The detail is the same as in my Katrilli mittens. (Yarn Icelandic Lett-Lopi, very good choice for lined hats, the wool is coarse and it can take lots of wear and wet weather without becoming soaking and heavy.)
The sock is momentarily at a standstill, I think I have the final detail worked out (I know I said that the last time, but little did I know that there was a road block waiting for me), so the heel needs to be frogged one more time and then it should be easy knitting. (Yarn Renaissance Dyeing Organic Poll Dorset).
I think this is all today.
Hope you all have a good week.
Wool with you,