Happy Friday to you and I hope you’ve had a great week. It’s the end of spring break on my end, and I’m desperately trying to hold onto the last couple days I have before Monday. But let’s not dwell on that. Onto the knitting!
I finished my Twigs and Willows Mitts. This is a pattern by the ever-clever Alana Dakos, knit out of Malabrigo Sock in Ivy.
They turned out so cute and I’ve been getting lots of wear out of them already, thanks to warmer (above freezing) temps lately. I did have to go up 0.5 mm on my needles for the mitts to fit, but I see that many people have knit them in the original needle size and they turned out just fine.
These mitts are my hopefully lucky entry into 2 KALs: Mr. Yarn Malabrigo March 2015 Giveaway and the 2 Knit Lit Chicks Alana-Along. Lots of great prizes to be had, and plenty of time to whip out a quick project before the end of March. So if you are interested, hop on over to Ravelry! Or don’t, and increase my chances of winning yarn 😉
Speaking of fibre community goings-on, I’m not sure if I have already mentioned that I am participating in the NH Knits Soulful Stash Swap. My partner lives in England so I’ve been busily hunting for some beautiful “farm yarn” to send her in time for the deadline. (Deb, if you’re reading this, hello! I found something good!) This led to lots and lots of hunting about Etsy, and I ended up making a purchase for myself too… oops. But it’s totally awesome, and totally Soulful.
Hannah of Ewefluffyewe on Etsy is a shepherdess in Kentucky, and she makes the most beautiful hand-dyed yarn from her flock’s fleece (that’s a little tongue-twisty). I love that she included this awesome fibre quote from Proverbs on her business card. She has a nice selection of lace weight yarns in her shop as well as some skeins of worsted weight. I fell in love with a 2-ply wool/silk blend made from the wool of her sheep Annabelle and Barnaby. I love that she names the sheep that contributed to each skein.
Such gorgeous colours. And it SMELLS amazing. She must use some magical wool wash on her yarns. I really can’t recommend Hannah’s shop enough, even though I haven’t even knit with this yarn yet. She has incredible customer service and super speedy shipping. My yarn went to the post office the day I placed my order! And she even included a little mini skein of undyed yarn to knit a swatch. It’s all about the details, yo.
I have 750 yards of Annabelle + Barnaby, which I think could work for a Trail Jacket.
Finally: tomorrow is a special day, people. It’s PI DAY: 3/14/15 !! How will you celebrate? I admit I’m not really much of a math enthusiast, but Pi Day is kind of a fun idea. Tomorrow, Jason and I plan to check out an Australian pie place for lunch called KO Pies. Then, I will cast on for a new pi shawl – I enjoyed my first one so much that I’ve been itching to start a new one. This time, instead of the classic Pi unvented by Elizabeth Zimmermann, I’m going to try Girasole by Jared Flood, using some Fiber Company Meadow in Prairie. I’m looking forward to a big wearable sunflower in this warm shade of yellow.
In case you’re wondering, finish-all-the-things March is still going on despite my plans for a new cast on. Jason’s socks are a heel away from finished, and Strokkur has the beginnings of a little sleeve…
Happy weekend, everyone, and happy Pi Day!