A Little Bit of Knitting

Well, now that the Christmas knitting is done, I have the whole month to knit for me, or whoever else I think worthy. And yet, there is very little knitting happening.

Partly it is the “pastor in December” thing. Even though I’m at a small church, there is still a little more happening, plus we are getting ready to repair the church, so contracts, bills, estimates, that kind of thing. At the same time, I took training for a new aquatics program for my teaching, and between getting ready for it, and taking it, there’s been little time over the weekend.

So, there’s just a bit of knitting to show for the last couple of weeks, and most of it occurred in the last 3 days. It’s my Hitofude:

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I’m loving this Madelinetosh Tosh Light – brilliant color, soft and shiny – because merino wool and silk.

But I did order an early Christmas present for me – some yak-blend fiber that I’ve been lusting after ever since I went to the Big Sky Fiber Festival a year ago June when I spotted this blend but it almost sold out:

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This is from Ricki at Raven Ridge Fiber Arts – and it is yak/merino/silk top. I bought just two ounces of this precious beauty, and I’m planning to spin to a lace/light fingering 2 ply, and then knit something lacy for my neck. Can’t wait for vacation!

So that’s it on the fiber front in my life. What about you? Do you knit/spin more or less during the holidays?

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Grinch-a-long

Advent started, had you noticed? This pastor did – it’s one of the “short” years, in which the first Sunday of Advent begins on the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. Whew!

Fortunately, I am done with Christmas knitting – all the gifts are knit that have to be knit, and now it is time for me-knitting.  What did I start with – socks! Oh, and finished them too. This is my season to join the Knitmore Girls Grinch-a-long- where you do stuff you want for the holidays instead of madly knitting gifts up through Christmas Eve. Want to join the Grinch-a-long? Go to this thread on Ravelry.

The yarn is a discontinued Regia self-striping colorway by Kaffe Fassett that I got on sale from the Simply Socks Yarn Co. The pattern is a free one on Ravelry – Circle Socks by Anne Campbell. It features a slip-stitch pattern rather akin to the infamous dishcloth pattern, so apparently I am in a bit of a rut knittingwise. I switched up some of the pattern – did my usual toe-up construction, keeping the pattern’s eye of partridge heel, and then knitting the leg pattern bottom up.

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And I have to say that I am really excited about the next sweater I am knitting – another Hitofude for me in Madelinetosh tosh merino light – I managed to score 4 skeins in the same colorway while stopping at the yarn store after a short work retreat right before Thanksgiving. This yarn glows! And I got gauge on my first swatch, so we are good to go for the sweater making now.

 

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