it seems to be holding onto its leaves just to spite the weather Gods! I love the defiance!
When the snow shows up the knitting needles come out. I love sitting and watching the snow from the coziness of my living room. (not so happy about going out and struggling through it!) I make a fire, a cup of tea, and snuggle in and knitting just seems to be the thing to do.
I have been learning a new cast on. I have been using a 'long tail' cast on since I started knitting...I didn't even really know there were actually dozens of cast ons that I could be doing. A knitting friend showed me her new favorite book and I was smitten!
I went right to Amazon and got my own copy (delivered super speedy the next day!) It has all kinds of great cast ons AND bind offs, again, I never knew! The instructions are great and accompanied by very clear photos. And if I get really stuck I just head over to You Tube and somebody has made a video. I am having fun!
The project I am working on right now is a 'left overs' project. I have several different yarns all not quite enough for anything on their own, but gang them all up and BAM, a sweater....I hope!
There is a lovely alpaca yarn that was hand spun by a friend for my birthday. It is kind of a dark caramel color. Then there are a few balls of a grey alpaca, no clue when or how they ended up in my stash. And to make up the yardage, a couple of balls of black alpaca. I must have been on an alpaca kick at some point.
I really loved my recent project (here) that was worked in one by one stripes in the round. I thought the caramel and grey alpaca would look super together. I started with a tubular cast on, 😝in black and then started knitting stripes. It sounds so easy when I say it like that. Actually, I think I wore out the yarn knitting and un-knitting it to get the cast on right!!!! I finally think I have it and when it's right, it looks simply marvelous and it is really stretchy!
I have no idea if I have enough yarn to get an entire sweater, I may be back scrounging in my stash for yet another orphaned alpaca before it's all said and done. For now, I am enjoying the stripes.
(my attempt at and 'arty' sweater photo...)
The second project is one that I saw at my local yarn haunt and the only way I could get the yarn was to buy the 'kit'...so I bought the kit. It was a ball of green/black alpaca (of course) and a pattern for a darned cute floppy hat.
I tried out my new favorite tubular cast on, and I only had to do it twice! Progress! The hat was very straight forward, but it was knit on size 3, yes you heard that right, size 3 needles! Yikes! It was like knitting with toothpicks! But the resulting hat is wonderful! It is light weight and really warm. A new favorite for sure. And it looks stunning with the Wingspan scarf I knit a few years ago.
So knitting season is off and running. I usually run out of steam just before I finish the second sleeve, so we'll see how it goes. Maybe since we got our first dump of snow on Halloween!!!!#%*^# the knitting season will be extended this year and I'll get all the way through a whole sweater!