Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Knitting Bug

It's almost Christmas. Are you ready?

Well, the Knitting Bug has surely gotten hold of me since my Beginner's classes (at Three Bags Full) started in November. I've been able to knit three hats, finished an old scarf in the WIP bag (thankfully no moths visited!) and knitted a new, long vertically striped scarf for gifts. I've also come to love circular knitting and Addi-turbo needles!

The first two hats literally flew off my needles and onto the recipients' heads. Here's the third one that will get wrapped tonight.
We learned on the Boyfriend Watch Cap from Churchmouse Yarns.  The yarn used is from Studio Donegal. It's just a gorgeous yarn for this hat. 

After the third hat came off my needles, I stood up and flapped my hands around and said to my husband "OMG, I need some fresh yarn! I need another project!"  Yes, the bug has bitten and hard!  Since I didn't want to rush off to the yarn store during a last-weekend-before-Christmas rush, I picked up the ball of yarn that we were learning on, Cascade 220, and decided just to knit. You know what I mean? I just needed to keep my hands busy. It's my version of the worry beads, I think!

I'm using the seed stitch and I will need another ball of yarn at least. It may be a scarf, it may be a cowl, who knows? Although I love my circular needles I am keeping them 'free' for another hat soon. I found I had a beautiful set of these Brittany needles which worked quite well. I had a bunch of needles from over 10 years ago, the last time I attempted to get into knitting. Most are cheap bamboo ones which I don't like anymore but I have a couple of sets of Brittanys which was a lovely surprise.

Note my improvised yarn bowl. (It's a Raku pottery bowl)
Evidence of my brain being infected by the knitting bug can be found in me actually reading knitting books.  Stitch n' Bitch was a resource I had bought years ago but never gotten into. Now it seems to make perfect sense. Recently I picked up Knitting Rules and laughed and learned!  I even dream knitting projects! I hope to, next year, knit this, or this. I love Maddermade designs.

I hope to take classes to learn to knit socks. If you are a knitter, I would love to hear any advice you may have for a beginner like me.

Besides knitting, this year coming up to Christmas has seem busier. I haven't had any time (nor space) to sew but I hope to get back to it in the quiet after Christmas.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 7, 2015

A beautiful surprise in the mail

I've been very busy, and yet I also feel very disorganized and not getting much done during this holiday season. I just finished the beginner's knitting class so that may help me focus on the Christmas baking that needs to get done. In the meantime, amidst my grey cells getting rearranged into knitting patterns (so to speak), the postman came knocking at my door one morning with one big, huge flat package.

I said to him "I don't remember ordering anything that would come in such a package." He replied "whatever it is, I'm sure it will be good!", with a twinkle in his eyes. Good answer!

So when I looked at the return address, I literally squeaked. It was from Japan, and specifically from Frances of Miss Matatabi, my favourite shop of course!

It's the Naomi Ito 2016 Calendar!
 I love the one-of-a-kind decorated envelope too! The card is by Lotta Jansdotter and I love her work too!
Calm Joy. Perfect. 
I always like to peek at what my birthday month page looks like. 
Definitely dreamy and calm.

Love it! Thank you so much, Frances! It was a very thoughtful gift and a delight to my heart!