Waiting for Spring

Here in San Jose at Casa del Revknits, we are enjoying the last weeks of winter, such as it is in the Bay Area – by which I mean it’s been in the 60’s and raining. Some folks are really ready for warmer weather, while I am happy to wear my sweaters and socks and have all the rain we possibly can. This is the usual for the Bay Area, but there’ve been so many years of drought we’ve forgotten that.

My friend Nhien went home, and I haven’t told you the new thing that she is learning. She wanted to do some stranded knitting, and since she was with me, we went to the yarn store and got yarn.

We decided on a cowl pattern that is stranded knitting in the round (because definitely no purling) and it wouldn’t be a huge project. The Helix Cowl (Ravelry link) is in a book I own, so that worked. And teaching Nhien taught me something – prior skill sets help. Nhien took to chart reading like a duck to water because her career is in textile design – so thinking in color with charts is something she has done in other fields. I tell you, she blew through the Helix chart so quickly it took my breath away, and we could focus on the tension and how to hold the yarn parts! I’m going to ask her to send a photo of her progress, I’m sure she’s doing well.

Since she left, I was in a knitting funk, so I knit a bunch more knitted knockers,

and now I’m knitting some sleep socks for me out of yarn I got at Imagiknit. I love the melange quality to the colors – we remind me of the Monet paintings:

Now I’ve got to do some swatching and the like for the child’s vest I want to make!

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