Look what I´ve got:
You want to take a bite?? Go ahead, here´s some whipped cream to go with it……..delicious, right?!
This is Classic Elite Montera, it´s lovely. I used it for the hat and fingerless gloves in my last post. I only have six skeins left, none in the same color, each color is gorgeous in it´s own way. But since I only have one skein each I feel I have to save them for something extra special, can´t waste so much as an inch.
Talking about wasting:
Yes, it has been cut through no less than 8 strings! My heart stopped beating for a second when I noticed! I got a confession and my son knows when he is old enough to work he will buy me a skein of some glorious yarn.
I am so not looking forward to working the ends together when I start knitting with this, what a waste of yarn!!! Makes me want to cry just thinking about it!
And talking about wasting ……….knitting up something with one of my favorite yarns, Kambgarn, I noticed a mistake and started ripping. And ripping. Only to realize the mistake wasn´t that far down and I had frogged way too much. frustration hit me, I really don´t have the time for this!!
Soon after picking up (from almost the beginning!!!) an awesome idea came to me that changed my previous ideas about the final look. I am so happy about the way it is turning out, and much happier with the new idea than I was with the old one. So this time, frogging was not a waste of time but a blessing in disguise.
I don’t, but the hat does……….and the mittens do too!
I started knitting this hat before the holidays, intending for it to be a Christmas present for someone but then I kinda just liked it for myself and so I put it aside and picked up something new to give.
I finished the hat during the break and found I had just enough yarn to make me some fingerless mittens as well.
I used a fun little stitch pattern that looks just as fun, in my opinion, on both sides. Usually I don’t wear hats, just find that they look weird on me, but I kinda like this one and love that I got two for the price of one :0)
Now, about the yarn: Classic Elite Montera, 50 % wool and 50% llama. It is gorgeous! I LOVED knitting with it, it’s so squishy and the stitch definition is beautiful and it has this cozy halo of fiber……mmmmmm just love it!
P.S. it’s extremely warm as well
I gave this hat to my daughter:
It’s knit with a single strand of plötu lopi (Unspun Icelandic) held with a thread of sequins. This yarn is incredibly versatile and I love all the possibilities it gives me as a knitter.
Lopi is very warm but the pattern I chose for this hat gave it a more light weight feel. It was a quick knit, despite all the bobbles, and quick is just what you need when knitting up Christmas presents:)
To shoot the photos we went to one of my favorite places to take my kids for walks, Snug Harbor. There is a little castle over there:
On the other side of it is a secret garden with a maze, and in the middle of the maze is an area that is closed of with a red brick wall. I took the photos inside those walls, in that little area with the little benches……going in there is like jumping inside a storybook full of adventures……
A side note:
The combination of the yarn and sequins I used for the hat is the same one I used for my Hyrna Herborgar shawl way back when, it’s actually the left overs from the shawl:
Happy New Year!! I wish you all a lot of knitting in the year 2013!!!
Now that Christmas is over, well the gift giving at least, I can post pictures of my Christmas knits. First of the ever cozy leg warmers:
That turn into sleeves (arm warmers??) when you need them to:
And a hat to match:
Close up of the leave motif:
I used Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, it´s 85% wool and 15% mohair. It is wonderful to knit with, it´s so cozy and warm and as you can tell by photos, the stitch definition is just beautiful! I would love creating something more with this gorgeous yarn!
These are one of the fingerless mittens I knit for my daughter to give to one of her friends as a Christmas present. She posed for me just before she wrapped them up and gave them away:
I knit these up in Manos del Uruguay, it is handspun and little un even but that adds to its charm. I only had about one skein of each color so each of her friends will be getting a different colored one.
That´s it for now! I hope you all have been enjoying the holidays!
p.s. it did snow on Christmas eve (and even a little bit today as well!!) and it made me SO happy!
I can´t believe Christmas is here already!! And the year coming to an end, that went quick!
I´ve been getting ready, knitting, baking and now cooking………..can´t wait to sit down at the dinner table tonight for my favorite meal of the year!
Here´s the gingerbread house I made this year:
It collapsed once and the roof began to cave in, so I placed a tall glass inside it to help keep the roof up. The snow men/women/children love ice skating on the little pond, taking a break every now and then and relaxing on the benches.
They put on their hand knit hats, mittens and scarves to stay nice and warm, and at the end of the day they cozy up in front of the fire-place with a cup of hot chocolate in their little house.
And of course you’re going to find little mittens lying around here and there……..you know how kids are!!
Happy Holidays to Everybody!
I have been working on some more Christmas knits this week and I’m really enjoying these quick little knits:
These are fingerless mittens, the quickest kind too, which is perfect because I’m knitting up 5 pairs of these little babies. My daughter asked me to make something she could give to her friends for Christmas. At first I was thin king hats, but time just kept passing and I only started a couple of days ago so quick fingerless mittens it is! (I only got 2 more pairs to make and then to make cat faces on them……will be going at it today! )
Here is a hat I am also working on:
I work a lot with lopi, Icelandic wool, for many reasons, one of them being that I love it! But I chose to use something else for these little things I’ve been making lately.
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to get a bag full of beautiful yarn from a fellow knitter who wanted to get rid of some stash. I get a little weird when it comes to yarn, I’m afraid to use it because I think I might come up with something even better to use it for……..it’s a strange thing I know but I’m working on it.
I decided I’d use some of it for my christmas knitting this year, it wasn’t easy initially but once I just made up my mind that was it and it felt great!:!!
For the mittens I used Manos del Uruguay, handspun wool, and for the hat I’m using Classic Elite, 50% llama and 50% wool. The llama and wool blend is a dream to work with, love how it feels and the halo of fuzz that it creates……it’s gorgeous.