Feb 10 2010

January Wrap Up

Published by at 5:52 pm under monthly wrap-up

January was a quiet, unsnowy month. (Unlike right now,with an honest-to-goodness blizzard outside!)

New Year's Socks
Pattern: Plain Stockinette sock
Yarn: Opel Harry Potter sock yarn in Ron colorway
Needles: US1/2.25mm
Notes: How much fun were these? I had my eye on this colorway for a while, and happened upon a vendor at Vermont Sheep & Wool last year who had one skein hiding in her wares. It became mine very quickly, and I threw it in my bag on my way out to visit Melissa and her husband over New Year’s. And then I remembered the superstition that the way you spend New Year’s is the way you’ll spend the coming year. So at twenty minutes to midnight on New Year’s Eve, I cast on these socks. I think it worked, because January was full of lots of yarn and knitting.

Pattern: Aestlight Shawl by Gudrun Johnson
Yarn: Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash in colorway True Love, a gift from Melissa
Needles: US6/4.0mm
Notes: Oh, wow, this came out amazing, didn’t it? I’m so so happy with it. The pattern is great, just complicated enough to make me pay attention, but easy enough that I didn’t have any frustration. I knit the large size, which grew with blocking into a generous length that works as either a shawl or a scarf.


I wore it to my knit night on Monday, and the cashier in Starbucks complimented on it as soon as I stepped up to order. She just made my day with that.


I love the Bird’s Eye Lace, and it looks so dramatic and impressive once it’s blocked. (Actually, it looks dramatic and impressive even before it’s blocked.) This is my first project with Wollmeise, and after a wash and blocking it softened up and gained a wonderful drape. The color is really outstanding, and the vibrancy of it really is a wonderful antidote for that monochrome feeling you get in midwinter.

It’s cold and blustery out there:

so I am curled up with a new sock project and a toasty fire keeping the cold of the snow at bay. Curl up with your yarn and stay warm!

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